Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Black and White Owls In Flight: "Barred Owl", "Great Grey", and "Snowy Owl"

Here are black and white proofs of the three owls that are in flight for the owl calendar I am working on. Hand-coloring these today and will post those images tomorrow. I especially love these in black and white because all the busy mark-making deliberately emphasizes how these predators blend in with their surroundings. I imagine that most of their prey never even see what's coming.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Black and White Proofs: Bay Owl, African Wood Owl, Long-Eared Owl

I have proofed all the owl linocuts for the calendar I'm working on, but these three are the only that I'm satisfied and finished with the cut. It is quite an interesting challenge to create images that will read well in both black and white and hand-colored. More to come soon.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Linocuts by 2nd and 3rd Graders at UCAL

More linoleum cuts from my wonderful 2D Mixed Media after school class at the University City Arts League. These are by 2nd and 3rd graders. None had carved linoleum blocks before. The first image here is by Audra (who works fast and always finishes before everyone else), who got creative with tissue paper chine colle and printing the block multiple times on the same piece of paper.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sketchbook Sunday: Two Nests

This is a continuation of the studio play from Friday and my decision to start drawing on paper I made this year. White acrylic paint and ball point pen on paper made from day lilies.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Poor Richard's Owl" by Rick Allen

I am intrigued by the pairing of this particular phrase from Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac with such a lively caricature of this most impressive bird of prey, the Grey Owl.

Both hunting and worrying compel us to narrow our focus while raising our sense of urgency.

More wood engravings from Kenspeckle LetterPress can be found here.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Studio Play in Five Acts

Last year we went to Home Depot to buy a live tree to decorate for the holidays. After we selected a tree, an employee sliced off the bottom of the trunk and tossed the slice into a pile of tree slices. I asked if I could take some, and he said sure. They've been sitting in a corner of my studio for months.

This is one of those tree slices.

Today I covered it in black watercolor paint.

And printed it on a smooth piece of paper just to see how it looked.

Next I wanted to see what it would look like printed on more absorbent, handmade paper. The watercolors bled into blobby shapes that somewhat matched the irregular deckle of the paper.

It reminded me of an egg, so I printed it again on a different piece of handmade paper that reminded me of a  nest. I found this mildly amusing.