Today is Due Day!



coaster wood cut

coaster wood cut

Whew! With a little  lot of help from my husband my our Steam Roller sized wood cut is ready to travel to Lawrence! It will be inked tonight to allow an ink layer to soak in before being inked and printed on Friday night at the Lawrence Arts Center 2014 Art Tougeau event Friday night 5/28/2014 ! 5PM-9PM!

Yes a STEAM ROLLER will be printing this  plate as it is 48′ x 32″. I started this class with a friend two months ago. Woodcarving isn’t one of my favorite printmaking techniques but I have always dreamed of doing large format work. It hurts my hands to do the cutting. Yes my tools and are sharp. It just doesn’t come naturally to me. It isn’t easy. I had high hopes that I would be a pro after completing a plate this large.   I will be carving like a hot blade through butter in no time I told myself.  We used a router to clear a lot at the top of image which helped. I also wanted a balanced image with as much black as white revealed which kept large ares untouched.

A previous client now wonderful  friend emailed about this class at the Lawrence Art Center. She takes many classes there and is always inspired by the classes and the work she creates at the them. My friend  is a life long learner which is why I adore her. Never one to fade from a challenge she loves to solve a problem. It would be fun! We would travel to Lawrence  for Wednesday class from 7-9 nights for 6 or maybe it was 8 weeks? It would be causal knowing that we might not be able to make every class. My life especially evenings can can be unpredictable. My dual income clients need to meet in the evening. A project due date, a lacrosse game to watch my son in, a new confirmation class at church a son needs a ride too, umm dinner too?!  Sometimes sheer exhaustion creeps in. I know when to call it a day! I know the feeling when not ONE more creative idea or inspiration will happen until I shut down and rest! So we skipped a few times ok let’s say many times! We knew what we needed to do. CARVE & carve some more! We checked in on some classes to see what other classmates were up too but class time  was a chance to work and with the studio 45 minutes away travel time was better used for work time.

My husband and I set up a card table in front of the  TV and carved while watching reality TV (me) Royals (him). It reminded me of when we set up the same table to do puzzles. I had a set of carving tools from my intro studio  I took years ago on Saturday morning at the University of New Mexico  in Albuquerque. The tools have been living in a brown paper lunch sack for many years over 19 since I had them before my baby girl was born! I took them to class for a refresher on how to use them since my last attempt at carving was the lowest grade in my that classes portfolio. The tools may have been used to scratch etching plates as I preferred  intaglio for years.  The tools were useless! Deemed  unsharpenable  by my instructor!

I returned home deflated and unsure how this large plate was gong to happen.  I had tried a Dremmel but wasn’t thrilled.  I didn’t have the skills to control it and it didn’t like the mark/cut it made. My husband carves wood neckerchief slides at Scout Camp each year. He also  teaches scouts and leaders how to carve. Over and over he suggested I try the wood carving tools we inherited from my  dad. I shrugged not understanding how these tools for carving a three dimensional object could be useful for carving  a sheet of very flat plywood.

THEY ARE THE SAME TOOLS! I was thrilled when my husband showed me all the tools we had. I am not sure what I like best this project: the sheer size, the image, working with my husband, spending time with my cool friend as we traveled to and from Lawrence or just holding the same tools my dad did. This project as many do started quietly then it grew legs of it own with many twists and turns. I listened quietly to the design/image and it told me many things and then started to run with a clear direction in mind!

I will post an update of the inking and the print! stay tuned!



coaster wood cut

First Friday Show!

75th street intersection

75th Street Intersection 2012 22×13 monoprint

This is a dream come true for me. My first individual show with 15 prints! I will also be doing printing demonstrations at the opening. Wallace Engineering  is right across from the KC Star where they have First Friday Food Trucks!! Also right across street from AIA KC which has a First Friday Event too!
September 6th 2013 5pm-8pm
Wallace Engineering – Structural Consultants Inc.
1741 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO  64108

Inspiration on the way to the grocery store!

Sometimes images appear that are too beautiful to not capture! This picture was taken with a camera phone and is now the inspiration for a new series of prints I am making! My son actually took it while we were dashing to the grocery store. Between the poor camera quality and the intense sky it provides a stunning start to a print!

Kansas sky at sunset

New Images

Here are the current images I am working on for my weekend Printmaking class at the Kansas City Art Institute. These pictures were taken on the way to the grocery store one night. This reinforces my belief that beauty and intriguing images are constantly around us if we take the time to stop, look and study.

Kansas Sunset dark sky bright horizon. 75th and Belinder