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November 15, 2017

Art Zine Meet Up and Collaboration – Lewis County, KY

For November’s Art Zine Meet up, a group of artists and writers from Kentucky and Ohio met at the Lewis County Public Library in Vanceburg, Ky. Our Theme for November was GRATITUDE.

If you’d like to print and make your own paper copy of the zine, you can download a print ready pdf of our zine here: click here to download printable PDF


We painted 17 different covers. Many are featured above. If you want to view or download a high resolution copy of any of the covers, you can visit this album: click here to view/download the covers.

Or view the zine below- click on any of the images to view/download a full size copy of the page-Click on the artist’s name for more information about the artist (when available)

Rosemary Topie

Ken Swinson

Melissa Barker

Kelly Hartley


Sue Gorman

Courtney Spear

Gayle D. Massie

Vicki Tichenor


Jamey Kreger


Patty S. Toller


Mari Russell


November 8, 2017

sketching/painting Lewis County Farm Scene

Next week, I am meeting a group of artists in Vanceburg, Ky for an art project; so I recently took a few sketching trips throughout Lewis County.

Lewis county is where the Kentucky hills along the Ohio River start to grow into mountains. Beautiful country!  I stopped by this farm scene to do a little bit of sketching.

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I like this scene so much, I decided to carve it into a linoleum block print. I decided to replace the haybales with cows, but feel like I captured the feeling of the scene.

I’m offering it as a limited edition (only 16), if you are interested, click the image for more information.

November 6, 2017

Here’s how I have been framing my latest prints


A few people have asked me for more information about how I am framing my latest prints. Here’s some more information with photos.

My latest prints are in a panoramic profile: the carving is 4 1/2″ x 12″. I print on a 10″ x 16″ acid-free, cotton paper.

I make one kind of frame. It’s made from wood, and I use a 100% rag matt to keep the paper from the glass.

The frames have a simple, flat profile. I cover them with 3 coats of paint, and then give them a distressed effect, which brings out some of the natural aspects (like grain and occasional knots) of the wood.

I take a lot of pride in my frames, and sign them: handmade frame by Ken Swinson, just like I would the actual artwork.


If you haven’t visited my online printmaking gallery lately, I have a series of new panoramic linocuts. Here are a few examples:

The Walcott Covered Bridge – Bracken County, KY (limited edition of 16)

2 Bridges Over The Ohio River (limited edition of 16)

Covered Bridge – Goddard, KY (limited edition of 16)

Rev. John Rankin House – Ripley, OH (limited editon of 16)

October 22, 2017

The Rev. John Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio – new block print

I recently spent some time in Ripley, Ohio for a project, and was inspired to make this linocut of the John Rankin House: which overlooks the Ohio River and the Village of Ripley. Rev John Parker was an important part of the underground railroad, and many people stopped at his house in their journey to freedom.

Click the image for more information

October 13, 2017

Artist Meet Up And Collaboration – Ripley, OHIO next week

Last month’s Make A Zine Collaboration in Grayson, KY was a success. We are going to do it again, this Thursday at 10am in Ripley Ohio. Here’s a short video I made with more information.

September 7, 2017

Artist Meet Up And Collaboration – Let’s make an ART ZINE!

I’m excited about an upcoming artist collaboration project, i will be doing with some friends in Grayson, KY. I shared a short video on facebook with a few more details.

Follow this link to RSVP and for more information on the event:

September 6, 2017

How Artcroft Helped Me As A Young Emerging Artist

About 10 years ago, I was given a month-long artist residency at Artcroft. My memories get a little bit fuzzy with the passing of time, but fortunately, I wrote a blog post every day of the experience. Looking back, that month was one of the defining moments of my art career.

Some of you might not have known me back then (or would like to refresh their memory), so here’s a link to my blog’s archive for the month of February 2008:

Having a solid month to focus on my artwork, allowed me to create over 40 new works of art. I have probably never been so productive. I think this photo is from day 7.

I made friends with fellow artists from all over the world. Sharing a space, and getting to know, so many creative people from different walks of life, opened my mind to more possibilities of what it means to be an artist.

I helped deliver and care for baby goats (Triplets)

After the residency, I didn’t return to my part time job, and have been a full time artist ever since.

Artcroft’s program has shifted a little bit over the years. They (Artcroft’s Founders-Robert and Maureen Barker) are helping to revitalize the small town of Millersburg, KY by replacing abandoned buildings in it’s town square with gallery/studio/arts education spaces as well as a cafe.

This saturday, they are sponsoring an art & antique show in Millersburg. I will be there, and hope you will come support this wonderful project:


September 1, 2017

September T-Shirt Of The Month-Wow! It’s A Cow!

It’s a new month, and A new design for my ‘T-Shirt of the Month” project.

I’m pleased to introduce to you-“Wow! It’s A Cow!”

Shirts are pre-shrunk, 100% Cotton
Available in adult S, M, L and XL
For $20 – free shipping in the USA

choose size

August 30, 2017

Art in the Wild – Designer Edition

Its always exciting to see my artwork in other people’s homes. It’s the last part of the painting process, and I don’t always get to see it.

So you can imagine how excited I was- to see my art work show up on Sweet Tea For You’s Instagram feed as part of a design for a client.


Thank You, Renea, for including my work in your work!
Not only do I love Renea’s style, but she is one of those, community minded, creative people who live in the Ohio River Valley Neighborhood (Ripley, Oh), and I am glad we are neighbors. If you like interior design, or Ripley, Ohio, visit her facebook page at- , and give her page a ‘like’.

August 21, 2017

Happy Eclipse Day

I’m watching the eclipse from my studio. The view looks like this:

Yes, it’s finished (even framed), Oil on Canvas – 20×24″ –I wasn’t going to show it off until this Final Friday at the Pendleton Art Center, BUT in honor of the eclipse, i’m showing it off today.

As of this moment, the original is available, prints too. Click the image below for more details. Enjoy the eclipse, everyone!