Thursday, July 29, 2010

Workshop at Abecedarian Gallery Photos

On the 18th I taught a woodcut workshop at Alicia Bailey's studio in conjunction with the works on Wood Show I'm exhibiting in at her Abecedarian Gallery. It's hard for students to get much work done in a quick workshop. Here are a few images of the prints they worked on.
A woodcut of a cubist style face that has a nice variety of ways to depict edges

A woodcut of amber by Susan. I like the way she cut the lines in different directions

A landscape by Richard. A nice way to frame an image is to leave about 1/4" around the block uncut so it will print black

Can you tell David is a calligrapher? He carved a nice variety of marks in his print

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I am exhibiting at Rembrandt Yard next week with Open Arts, and for the show, they had the artists fill out a fun questionnaire instead of an artist statement.  Here are the questions, and my response;

1)      Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Warren, Pennsylvania and moved to Safety Harbor, Florida when I was eight years old.
2)      What quote or special thought do you live by? Life loves those that dare to live it.
3)      What CD, book or film has most moved you? Neko Case's cd Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
4)      Please describe the world where you create your work. My studio is in a corner of a group studio 
5)      What inspires you to create something new? Seeing old patina surfaces with layers of color 
6)      Please finish this thought.  Art is like…a collaboration between an artist and a higher being outside themselves
7)      What music or song makes you jump up out of your chair and dance? Disco is my favorite dance music
8)      If you were asked to create a work of art for a famous historical figure, who would you choose, why and what would you present to them? I would give Georgia O'Keefe a woodcut of sun bleached bones from the desert

What would your answers to these questions be?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Carving Gloves

Recently I've finished carving a large 4 foot by 3 foot wood block for a commission. Last week was spent carving this large block, and spreading wood chips all over the place as you can see in the photo below.
Wood block in progress

When carving for extended periods of time, I need to wear gloves to protect my hands. If I use the same tool repeatedly, it begins to rub a sore spot in my hand.

This is a simple piece of leather cut with two finger holes to wear when I use a mushroom handled carving tool.  I hold this style tool in between my thumb and fore finger, which gets sore after carving for long periods of time.

I occasionally use an old leather gardening glove, but it's big and awkward.  

The gloves I've been wearing lately are fingerless gloves from Urban Outfitters.  I feel pretty cool wearing them with the rivets on the top.  They protect my hands pretty well, but aren't ideal.  As I rest my hand on the block when I carve, my pinky finger rubs and gets chafed. Maybe I need to modify a pair of thin leather gloves that fit all of my needs for carving.

Do you wear protective gloves for wood block carving?  What kind works well for you?

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Print Event in Denver

Calling all printmakers! A new annual Print Event will be starting this fall to promote printmaking in the Santa Fe and Golden Triangle arts district in Denver. I encourage all printmakers to enter their work by August 20th to join in this exciting new event.
Contact Mark Lunning at Open Press for additional information

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Opening This Friday Night!

I will not be able to attend, but that doesn't mean you should miss the opening for the exhibition "Works on Wood" that I'm a part of at Abecedarian Gallery.  It is a beautiful show of prints and book arts printed from wood matrixes; woodblock, woodcut, and wood engraving.  Go have some cubes of cheese for me at the reception, and let me know how you like the show.
P.S. I'm also teaching a workshop there on Sunday on the 18th! 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Workshop Schedule Summer/Fall

I often get requests for my woodcut workshop schedule, so here it is so far for the rest of the year.  Check back on the blog for additional workshops scheduled for late fall/winter.

July 18th Abecedarian Gallery, Denver 10 am - 4 pm $65 + $15 materials fee

July 27 - August 17 My studio, Boulder 6 pm - 9 pm $110 materials included. Call me 303-819-1901 or email to register

July 29th Foothills Art Center, Golden 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm $65 + materials

July 31st Kozo Fine Art Materials, Denver 9:30 am - 12:30 pm $65

August 7th Foothills Art Center, Golden 11 am - 2 pm $65 + materials

October 13 - November 17 Lifelong Learning Program, held at my studio, Boulder 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 14 - November 18 Art Students League of Denver 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Click on the links to get more information and contact the respective venue to register.  The workshop at my studio beginning July 27th will register through me.  Please contact me to reserve your spot, or let me know if you'd like to take a workshop later in the fall or winter.