In My Printing Apron

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What is Cluttering my Drawing Table…..

Well, I got into a drawing frenzy and started drawing 8×8 images of women in hats.

The deal is that I am doing an art exhibit at the Gallery at Round Top in Round Top, TX. with the exquisite painter, John Pinkerton. I love this man’s work. Here is a link to his website… http://oldartguy.com/Home_1.html  ….Our show is going to be called He Said/She Said… So in some emails with John, we discussed what we were going to “say”… We had no idea. LOL. We went our separate ways to see what we were inclined to do.

He came back with 8 or so small paintings of nude (or more appropriately, shirtless) men in hats. Since I have been wanting to do women in hats for quite some time, I felt like now would be a good time to “answer” him back with etchings of  prudish women in hats (with clothing)

So I have rough sketched about 10 women and now I need to figure out how I want to finish them with chine colle’ and the etching process. They won’t always be hanging with John’s happy, shirtless men so these women need to be able to stand alone, as well. Now, I am in the process of  treating each one individually and trying to decide if more detail needs to go into their clothing or into the background.

This may seem like a chaotic way to work and it is… but it is the way these are coming about …

basically, I am a chaotic mess anyway….

You can see that by what is cluttering up my drawing table.

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Time to Get Back to Work….

Well, it occurred to me that I have not blogged for a while so I came down here to the studio and thought I would see when the last time I posted something…. OCTOBER….. well.. HELLO… where have I been???  Well, not in my printing apron that is for sure. I feel like I have been lazy or uninspired. or off kilter….

In my defense, Ken and I did travel a bit in November….
2012-11-11 13.48.10 We went to New York City and bought and sold postcards at the Metro Postcard show….

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We stayed with our dear friend Susan Lane for several days and then stayed in Manhattan at the New Yorker Hotel where Tesla lived and died. This is the door to his room…. We  stayed on the same 33rd floor!!!!

2012-11-12 16.11.03 We explored the City and took a walk on the High Line… it was extraordinary…

2012-11-12 14.59.37 We saw the Statue of Liberty from the ferry (that’s our friend Charlie who spent the day with us)… We couldn’t dock on the island and look around because Hurricane Sandy took out the dock.

2012-11-13 15.24.13 We went up to Rochester, New York to visit with relatives and on our way there we went through Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the Suffrage Movement and saw the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel where in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton first spoke at the Women’s Right Convention calling for all women to take responsibility of the cause and read the Declaration of Sentiments. And we toured the Women’s Museum there. It was my first pass through that place and I have to go back….

2012-11-14 19.12.20In Rochester, Ken and I  visited my cousins.2012-11-15 07.13.54and stayed with my Aunt Judie and Uncle Jay….

2012-11-16 09.10.07 From there we went on to York, Pennsylvania to another postcard show…. We bought and sold more postcards and ate a lot of good food.

2012-11-19 16.34.55Then on to State College, PA, where we visited with Ken’s sister, Joanne, her husband, Paul and our two cutie nephews, Matt and Jon.
2012-11-23 07.49.49 On our way home we spent Thanksgiving with our hilarious friend Brian in Branson, Missouri…2012-11-23 09.03.03

And in Arkansas, we got into the  Christmas spirit by feasting our eyes on these feathered Christmas trees…

and of course, in December, there was Christmas….

okay, Christmas wasn’t all month but for some reason, my brain shut down like it was on a month long holiday… Most of my artist friends were doing loads of art shows, trying to sell what they could to the last minute Christmas buyers.

What did I do? I sat at home, reading their frenzied Facebook entries and pondering the lint in my navel. Well, that is not entirely true either… I can hardly see my navel, which caused me to join the Y and start working out at their gym. You can look at me and know that I am not the athletic type but I am giving it a go. I would like to live longer and be able to do more physical things with my family, like going on a kayaking trip with our grandsons… So I am doing cardio and weight resistance training…

But about my WORK..

My brain has collected images, as well as I collected some great images on postcards at those two shows. So my plan today is to get back to work and burn a couple of  solar etching plates for an idea I have about a series on America the Beautiful …

more on that, if it works out.

On to the Next Project

I make my living by selling at large art shows and a few galleries… So, now I have to switch gears and start producing work for my upcoming shows.. I am getting ready for two events actually…. A Gallery show in Round Top Texas at the end of March and my first art show  Main Street Art Festival in Fort Worth, Texas  in April …

For Fort Worth, I always start by “Cowgirling Up”…

Since I have been working small, I want to stretch out and work a little bigger  for awhile …. I am going to make some monoprint collages that will be 17 x 17 . For these I have some old Ranch Romance magazines with wonderful graphics on the front.  I tore off the covers and will collage them into my monoprints along with bits of etchings floating around..

When I start, I lay them out and make my decisions about what will go into the monoprint…  Remembering  that I need a good strong composition to hold it all together,  I need to know where the pieces will be on the plate so that I will know where to paint the printer’s ink to make it all work….

Here are a few of the “starts” that I am working on today….

Ranch Romance Monoprint "Start"

These are waiting in the wings to be dealt with…. Instead of  just putting them in a stack, I spread them out so that I can keep glancing at them as I am walking by, in case an idea “spurs” me on (so to speak)… Right now I am in cowgirl mode but I have a few ideas for other subjects for these large monoprints so I am excited to jump right in on these and giddy up and go (oh, dear….sorry)…. 

waiting in the wings

 Off to Work… my Apron is on and I am about to put in the ear buds of my iPod…I think I will listen to Pink  today for these..

Yee Ha……

my commute to work….

Every morning, I have a short walk from our house to the studio I share with Ken … This morning the air was crisp and chilly and I felt lucky to be here for it…

 … my stack of etchings were waiting for me to color… I am a little more than half done… yahoo.

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the studio

The Salina Project… brief intermission, now back to work

So,  for the last two days, Ken and I drove with our brother in law, Joe and our niece, Mary and her soon to be husband, Tyler to listen to a talk that Joe had to give at the Victoria College in Victoria Texas. It was about the influence of the oil business on music… it was quite riveting as are most lectures by Joe ..

here are a few of  the more “tame”  photos taken on the trip…

Joe Specht lecturing

Joe and Mary... Happy Birthday sweet Mary

Ken and Tyler looking at the "good" photos...

So now that we are home, it is back to coloring the etchings for the Salina project…. they seemed to have grown while I was gone… Actually, I have done 70 so far…

Gotta get after it before two of our grandsons, Ben and Ian get here to spend the night. Break time is over…

all 250 etchings...

ready and waiting

my coloring table....

Getting down to Business

To me, putting on my apron means getting down to business….

It means, “prepare yourself”  for getting messy… well, I am pretty messy most of the time but in an apron, I can get dangerously messy….

I have plans on making 2012 a busy and messy year so I will be in my apron quite a lot.

I am a Printmaker…..

Mainly, I work with Solar Plate etchings and Monotypes. I make my own etching plates and print them either by themselves or in combination with monoprints or monotypes.

The Mice Will Play

I  also collect vintage papers, photographs and ephemera (old valentines, trade cards, postcards, game cards, sheet music, books and etc.).

Today, I have been composing some of my monoprint collages. They are going to be 8 x 8 inches.

I choose a pile  of the ephemera that I want to use and combine them with my Solar Plates  to prepare for printing….. They become what I call my “Set Ups” or “Starts”…

Here are some photos of my stuff and how I begin my process…

file box of small collage bits

solar plates

putting some things together

Once I have a good stack of these “Starts”, I will begin to print…. But that won’t happen for a few more days…… Gotta get back to work…