Monday, February 8, 2016

Huntington Beach Art League


I was invited to be the guest speaker, demonstrator at the Huntington Beach Art League this past January.

So on a very stormy night my little printing press and I ventured out in thunder and lightening to get the job done.






I was given a very warm welcome and if I don't mind saying so myself it was a very fun and successful evening.

Lots of ohhs and ahhs as each new print was pulled and I sold all of my demo pieces.







Before the demo I also was given the privilege of judging the art pieces brought in by the league members.  There were several categories including Best of Show.  This was also a first for me but still fun at the same time.




Thank you Miss Jane for inviting me to come and share my love for monoprints with your group.  It was a wonderful experience.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's a New Year…

…and I am already behind!  Well, at least I got in one post before the month was over.  Hopefully,  I can squeeze in another one before February first!


This is another Mason and Meema collaboration.  I had run out of Mason pages so I ask him to watercolor a few more pages in my sketchbook so I would have something to play with when I had the time.  I love adding the ink to his free form images and seeing what appears out of our work together.



5" x 7" Robert Bateman Sketchbook
Watercolor and Gel Pen

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fishkets on a Wall
















Here are my "Fishkets" matted, framed and hanging where I can enjoy them everyday.
Each monoprint is 5.5" x 14" and the framed piece is 27" x 42"

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Two More Fishkets


I said I would and I did…pushed that plate a couple more times to get these two prints.

This plate was done after the red one on the previous post.  I added a metallic gold over the remaining red and then played with the linocuts of fish and the gaskets to add more information to the plate.
After printing the gold print, I added a lovely blue over the remaining information and played some more even adding a new gasket.  

I have decided to call this series "Fishkets"….sounded better than Gaskish to me.  Now I am waiting for that big special coupon for the framing so they can be displayed together.

5.5" x 14"  Speedball Inks

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Gaskets and Fish


I have a smaller class this semester for Monoprinting and this affords me a little press time of my own.  Yesterday, I brought a group of gaskets I picked up somewhere and some linocuts of some fish I had done awhile back. Now generally gaskets and fish wouldn't be in the same thought but when one of those gaskets looks like a shell the mind seems to think, "well…maybe".

On the first plate I mixed a teal blue for the background and then used the linocuts to stamp images on the plate. I also pressed some small gaskets into the wet background to lift some ink and leave a vague image. Then I inked the gaskets and placed them on the plate for printing.

When you remove the gaskets after printing there is lots of information left on the plate so without washing the plate I added yellow ink to the background and then stamped more fish and gaskets and printed a second paper. After that print there was still great information left on the plate so on to more manipulation and the red print.

I thought that would be it but darn if there wasn't even more interested stuff left behind.  Put the plate in my drawer to wait for next class and a few more pulls on the press.

5.5" x 14" Plates  Waterbased Speedball Inks

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A line here and a line there….



Haven't posted for a bit but I am not resting on my laurels….well maybe resting on one of them. How many do we have anyway?

The background of this piece is a monoprint I did as a quick demo on hand printing.  There were some faint images of a half daisy type flower so when it dried I added some ink and played with them.   5" x 7"



This is a page in my 5" square handbook which was done at one of my ZenFriends meetings.  Just playing around with newer tangles.




Another page in my 5" square handbook.  Started at another group get together and finished today with a cup of tea by my side.
Mookah, Flex, N'Zeppel and I guess sort of a variation on Hollibaugh.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Nap Time



The whole family went to Boulder for a wedding and one day while my grandson was napping in my room I sat with him and this little scene developed in my 5" x 5" Handbook

A sleepy, dreamy place in another world.
Are you getting drowsy????

Monday, September 7, 2015

Featured Artist….





…who me?  Yes me, thanks to my friend, Liberty at Liberty Fine Arts Gallery, I will be her featured artist for this month's Santiago Art Walk.

I will have 17 pieces and my sketchbooks on display.  If you are in the area stop by and say hi!

Free parking at the Santa Ana Train Depot
The Santiago Lofts and the Art Walk are across the street.