Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ready for Open Studios!

My freshly cleaned studio hung with my woodblock prints

The 2009 calendar is back from the printer and finished! This photo shows the steps to producing it. From the left to right is the drawing, the woodblock, a print pulled from the block, and the final calendar.

I spent the entire day finishing up framing new work, and cleaning the studio to finish getting ready for Open Studios. There's nothing like having hundreds of strangers walking through your studio to get you to clean! I hope it will be a good weekend.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

2009 Calendar

Welcome to my blog!  It has been on my very long "to do" list for quite some time. I have been apprehensive about getting started, but decided to test the waters, and get my feet wet anyway. 

Since 2005, I have designed a long scroll calendar to sell at Open Studios, a Boulder studio tour that takes place the first two weekends in October. It will take place this weekend and next, October 4, 5 and 11, 12 from noon - 6 p.m. 

You can visit my studio at 2810 Wilderness Place #C  

For the 2009 calendar, I created a lupine design from photographs I took during my artist in residence at the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago.  I love the graphic quality of the star shaped leaves.  The image is transferred to a woodblock, carved with gouges, inked, printed on to paper through my press, and then scanned into the computer where the dates are added in Illustrator and Photoshop.  From there, I have it commercially printed on to a recycled paper. Back in the studio, I cut dowels down to size, and glue them to the bottom of the calendar to serve as a weight for hanging, roll them up, and tie them with a ribbon.