Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ghost Town, Red Barn from the North

YouTube video of carving



This was fun! Not the video making, that is tedious and boring but I appreciate every YouTube video I see so much more after making a few of these slide shows. Carving was fun; always enjoyable to see the image "appear" as my knives take out the wood.
All done sweeping the wood curls too!


Views from North and East

Death Valley view

Endless road to Death Valley
On to the West, view from Death Valley road. First I have to "be there" if only in spirit. As I recall, this was my longest walk because the Westward road lost sight of the Barn almost immediately, so I had to travel the highway. Shortly, up a hill, the funky Welcome to Nevada sign and a perfect window to view the Barn. Point of curiosity: the signs have now been replaced with a more "modern" look so we are recording history.
Again, I mix man-made with nature and I may just enhance the current drawing with a few road-side flowers which are the highlight of the Death Valley roads.
Welcome to our state!

Can you spot the diminutive Red Barn?
 How about the entire ghost town in the background?!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Ghost Town Progress

20 Sketches

The 5 sketches for each of the cardinal point walks have been carved and are waiting for me to print them. I am working on a "jig" that will hold a few of them at once. This way I can print a bunch at a time on a large sheet of paper and then trim to size. I am planning an edition of 100 for these smaller blocks. I will post update on the "jig" as soon as construction begins, usually I make these out of foamboard, just a bit below the height of the block. 

Here are a few of the latest small blocks:
Walking to the North

Walking to the West
Walking to the West, Death Valley is just West of here

Walking to the South

South

South

On to the Views of the Barn

The next step is to work on the medium blocks, the views of the Red Barn from the four cardinal points. A while back I finished the View from the East, on deck are the Views from the West and North. In each case, I found a "window" natural or man-made from which a distant Red Barn could be seen.
Red Barn Viewed from the East

Red Barn Viewed from the North (left) and the West (right)


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Artist Roles: Supporting My Art Habit

Roles of the Artist

In my view, the productive printmaker needs an outlet for created works. As you may know, my very favorite venues are art festivals. I have been an active art festival artist for almost 20 years! Through the years I have tried a variety of approaches to festivals, from going on the road almost full-time and attending 30 per year to a very comfortable 5-8 per year. Of those some are local but most are "the big ones," that is, well attended, well established, proven successful festivals.

Yeah...that was LAST year! This year I am attending a grand total of zero festivals. My first "year off" since I began this crazy adventure. Why, you ask? I have unfinished art projects every place I look in the studio. Carved blocks waiting to be printed, drawn blocks waiting to be carved, half-started books waiting to be written, new ideas waiting to come to life, this and that...
I am making a firm commitment to attempt to finish at least some of them, how's that for a hazy promise!

Sales Continue Online

But reality is that there are all those prints in my flat files and, after a busy festival year, some leftover matted and framed works begging to be shown. And so I turn to online sales to continue to support my art habit.
One art carrier at a time, I have been uploading framed works and blocks. Next week I begin with matted works.
To spur sales along, I will conduct a "special" each month. This blustery March I begin by offering either:
25% OFF with checkout code MARCHLION25
or
free shipping with code FREESHIPPING

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