Sunday, July 31, 2011

Two more citizens from East and West

Sharri LaPierre from Vancouver Washinton USA (West Coast) has this to say about her block:

My City of the World would have acres and acres of green spaces with tall trees and playgrounds for children.  The city will be filled with the delightful sounds of breezes in the trees and children happily playing on monkey bars, swings, teeter-totters, merry-go-rounds and all kinds of colorful playground equipment.  My block depicts my granddaughter when she was 4 yrs. old playing on monkey bars at a neighborhood park in Madison, WI.

And our delightful Carol Lyons all the way from the East Coast in Irvington New York USA, sends her Bird on the Wing to New York City and a cleverly scanned proof!

There are three more arrivals coming right up!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Welcome more citizens!

The latest arrivals from Oregon and Michigan in USA, love these rural additions!

Renee Ugrin's city block from Damascus Oregon USA
Check out the cool ink drawings on the newspaper page! Here is a larger view of the block:

And citizen Linda Beeman from Ovid Michigan USA writes:

The City of the World will need water.  Lots of water.  What better place to supply it than a fresh, mountain waterfall?  I envision the water flowing into a small stream as it travels down the mountainside.  It widens and deepens and fish are fat and plentiful. The river quenches the thirst of deer, bear and small forest animals.  People come to this mountain river for peace and solitude.  The majesty of this natural place reminds them that they are small and inconsequential.  They leave refreshed and thankful for the gift of water - vowing to protect this place.


There are a few more that have arrived in the past couple of weeks so check the next blog posts in the coming days. Also, if you want info published on the blog with your blocks, please send the colophon information by going to this page:

If you typed your info that's okay too. Whatever you wrote will be published in the colophon once I get to that, but to get the info online in this blog, the information has to be sent to me in electronic form please please pretty please.

Come'on citizens! Come home to the Great City!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dos mas! Let the music play...

These came a while back but I took horrible pictures of them that didn't do them justice. Since I plan to publish the colophon as a book (yeah! send in that info!!!) I really needed good pictures of every block. So try try again, these cameras have a mind of their own sometimes and my eyesight is just going faster than I can say "is that blurry?"

Anyhow, here is Michael Morris from Spokane Wahsington USA

And Barbara Zietchick from New Hope Pennsylvannia USA, award for coolest hometown name!

Keep them coming, fellow citizens!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Two citizens from the heartland of USA

Here are two more from the rural heartland of USA, Waterloo Iowa-well at least the blocks are! I enjoyed reading the news on these.

Sue Salisbury delightful honeybees:

And Doug Van Fleet, a recruit of Sue's who got "talked into this" in the eleventh hour. Truth be told, I mistakenly sent Sue two blocks instead of one so she found a vict-er, a recruit to carve the second block. All is well that ends well, no?

It is very interesting to read all about all these places, the current concerns of all these corners of the world. Well, heck, at least I'm enjoying it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Welcome Citizens from halfway around the world!

I was very pleased that this project attracted the attention of many foreign participants. I was hoping to make this a true worldly city. I highly recommend clicking on the pictures to see the enlargement and take in a fresh breath of news and sights from around the world. I know I'm enjoying every piece of newspaper and stamp from all over.
Here are three contributors from Sao Paulo BRAZIL.

Maria Regina Pinto Pereira:

Renata Salgado's and Marcia Campos dos Santo's blocks arrived cozily together and I couldn't bear to separate them.

Alright, enough for this post, on to another corner of the world!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

City of the World grows

Note to citizens: While I "have you" listening, please don't forget to email any details you want published on the web and the information colophon. The colophon is going to be great, a true book containing all the individual contributions, the collective print, all the info available on each block and process photos.

Page to send in information on your very own "city block" is here:

Here is Tibi Chelcea's piece of the city, coming at you from Nashville Tennessee, USA:

Bea Gold's always wonderful world in Hollywood California USA:

More to come! Stay tuned...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Much to update! Citizens coming in fast...

There have been a few arrivals patiently waiting for me to get my act together and publish them. Just for the record (I'm feeling defensive, I guess) the procedure when I get a new arrival is:
-Email participant that block has arrived safely
-Log arrival date in spreadsheet (oh yeah, I'm ultra-organized)
-Open package, collect goodies :-)
-Take about a dozen photos of newspaper spread and close-up of block
-Transfer photos to computer, format and tweak, file
-Blog about it

SO! In no particular order, here are the latest citizens spread over the next few blog posts this week.

Daniel Dew's "Slice of Tampa"

Jennifer Martindale's "Graffitti"

More to come...

Long due for an update!

What's been going on?! No posts since May, I can't believe it. Well, I can, really, that's just the way artists are. I've been remodeling and catching up on home projects again and I seem to be a one-project-at-a-time person.

The latest always available on my website, of course. But here is a print I just finished for a donation to the Japan Tsunami survivors. The prints will be available for sale and I will update when and where in the online world. All proceeds go to the survivors.
Here is my contribution:
Print Title: Inspired by Japan
Paper Dim: 10 x 15 inches
Image Dim: 8 x 12.5 inches
Block: Five cherry blocks
Pigment or ink: Oil based Daniel Smith inks and shimmer-pearl pigment
Paper: Rives Moulin du Gue
Edition: 64 
Comments: The theme “Inspired by Japan” immediately brought images of cherry trees and cherry blooms, the ocean and the delicate legacy of Japanese prints.
All those images are far from my usual work, but I decided that I would honor the Japanese in this dedication and try to work my image accordingly. I went to the web and immediately fell in love with the shape of a map of Japan. After printing out a bunch of cherry trees, blooms and maps, the image came together of the islands that compose Japan bathed in cherry blooms and buds, signifying beauty and renewal.
The background was printed with shimmer-pearl and heavily embossed to simulate both ocean and the cherry wood I love to carve.

A couple of details:

That's about it. The cherrywood was hard and tough to carve and I tried to give the print that Japanese feeling. I enjoyed it even though I was too much of a coward to do it in the traditional Japanese waterbased pigment style. I thought it came out pretty neat even though you can't see the pearl shining in the ocean on the web pics.