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January 16, 2018

Make A Zine meet Up – Morehead, KY – Passages

 


The Zine you are reading is a collaborative work by Artists from different small towns in Kentucky. We met on January 12, 2018 at the Rowan County Public Library in Morehead, KY, and created work around the theme:
PASSAGES

Because of winter weather advisory and warnings, our turn out was smaller than normal. However, A brave group-most who lived close to Morehead-Were able to come. One of the best things about smaller groups, is that we had more time to get to know each other, and to hear everyone’s remarkable stories.. We all felt like it was well worth venturing out into the winter weather.

I met Alice Reynolds for the first time at this zine meet up. She is a music teacher from Morehead. At 91 years old (she gave me permission to share her age) she is still enjoying life and playing music. Many years ago, before the Morehead State University existed, Rowan County had what was called the “moonlight school’ It taught adults how to read and write at night. Alice’s father was a postman, and she remembers part of his job (in addition to delivering mail) was to read the mail to some of the people he delivered to, because everyone did not know how to read and write back then.

Kay Schafer, is an artist from Morehead, KY. Her poem about becoming a senior citizen captures her bright and positive personality. Kay was also a big help in organizing the ArtZine in Morehead. Thanks, Kay.

Melany Workman was the youngest of 11 children, and grew up in this 5 room house in Rowan county. She now owns and operates the Cave Run Manor in Morehead, and is a great caretaker for her residents.

Melissa Barker is an artist and teacher from Grahn, Ky. Her drawing is the first art she has made since the recent loss of her father. Because she has participtaed many times, we are going to visit Melissa’s neighborhood for February’s ArtZine. More details soon.

I have known Helen Chadwell for many years, the first time we met was while she was a volunteer for the Morhead Art Guild Art Show. More recently, she has visited my studio, and we have made prints together. Her drawing/poem is about the passages of life.

 

Ken Swinson wanted to illustrate the idea that we can overcome the obstacles we encounter in life…with a little help from our friends. Thanks everyone for being a part of my journey!

You can see an album, including all 12 of our hand painted covers on our ArtZine Facebook album below:

The Zine you are reading is a collaborative work by Artists from different small towns in Kentucky. We met on January…

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January 8, 2018

Block Print Gallery Update

I finished 2017 with a series of squirrel linocuts. The majority are dancing and playing musical instruments (because that’s what they do in my backyard).

I am printing with an oil-based ink, which dries extremely slow.  After drying for a few weeks, they are now ready to share on my website’s gallery. If you see one that would look good in your art collection, click the image for more information. You can also see my entire gallery of linocuts here:

http://www.kenswinson.com/gallery/blockPrints/

This is my latest print-celebrating my Capricorn friends


visit my printmaking gallery and see more here:
http://www.kenswinson.com/gallery/blockPrints/

December 21, 2017

ArtZine December 2017-Mt. Olivet, KY – MIRACLES

I am working on an art project where I visit a different small town each month. The idea of this project is to encourage artists, writers and people of all walks of life to know each other, through visiting each others’ communities and making art together.

Last tuesday, we met for our FOURTH Art Zine, and met in Robertson County, KY at their Public Library. Here is what we made together:

You can click any of the images for more details and a full album of all the zine’s hand painted covers.

 

 

 

 

Ken Swinson

 

Mari Leet

 

Velda Smiley

 

Jennifer Wert

 

 

 

Lauri Aultman

 

 

Jennifer Gleason

 

Barbara Morgan

 

Jim Lally

 

 

Carol Mitchell

 

 

Genda Highfield

 

credit page

 

you can download and print your own copy of this zine through this link:

https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUToQaL6vXQp_Cq6ce8

You can also view share and download our album (including the 15 handpainted covers) here: December ArtZine – Mt. Olivet- MIRACLES

You can also follow our Art Zine facebook page for more information about future projects. 

December 17, 2017

Squirrel Power! – New Linocuts

As an artist, I find wonder in almost everything around me. This can be both good and bad. Inspiration is easy. Focus and concentration, a bit more of a challenge. Especially in the age of always being connected to the internet.

Linocut printmaking is extremely low-tech, and has been my escape from the constantly distracting world of technology.

I have been working on a series of squirrels (there are 9 so far!) and they are FINALLY dry enough to offer on my website’s gallery. (I used oil based inks, which dry slow)

Here are a few examples from the series:

linocut block print of squirrel on bicycle

linocut block print of squirrel holding acorn

linoleum block print squirrels in tree
If you’d like to support my work and projects, consider giving one of these prints as a gift, or adding one to your art collection. Just click any of the photos for more information.

Or Click Here to see all 9 squirrel prints in the gallery: http://www.kenswinson.com/gallery/blockPrints/

 

December 16, 2017

Squirrel playing banjo

Squirrel Playing Banjo

I’m working on a series of squirrel linoleum block prints. I have 9 so far

My most recent is this design: a squirrel playing the banjo. Here is the design traced onto the block of linoleum. It’s ready to start cutting.
squirrel playing banjo linocut

 

Now, it’s cut and ready for my favorite part of the process…printing!

squirrel playing banjo linocut

 

Inked, and ready for the press…the big moment is almost here!

squirrel playing banjo inked

 

and here it is: Squirrel playing banjo! It needs a few days to dry, but I’ll feature it in my printmaking gallery as soon as it’s ready!

squirrel playing banjo linocut finished

 

 

December 10, 2017

New Block Prints – and Gallery update

I have been doing a lot of experimenting in my printmaking studio over the last couple of months. In the past, I have used thick, cotton rag papers, but I am now experimenting with a thin (but remarkably strong) mulberry paper. It is made from the inner bark of the Mulberry tree, and it does not hurt the tree to remove the bark. The handling is a little bit different from heavy paper, but I really enjoy the crisp details it gives.

 

 

printmaking a deer in a creek with grey ink
i have also been experimenting with different colored inks. The linocut above is made with a a light blue/grey ink. The grey really changes the art. Instead of a strong, graphic black and white-this color feels a little softer, and I love the mood it gives this scene of the Johnson Creek in Robertson County.

 

 

I’m not doing any more shows between now and Christmas, but you can still support my projects and give my work as a gift (or add one to your collection!).  I just updated my website’s printmaking gallery to include many of these new prints, so please give my website a visit. Here’s a link to the updated printmaking gallery:

 

 

http://www.kenswinson.com/gallery/blockPrints/
I am shipping quick (within a few days), and for free in the USA!
Thanks!

 

December 5, 2017

Frontier Christmas Open Studio Printmaking -through the lens of my friends

This weekend, we celebrated Frontier Christmas in Old Washington. As always, I open my home/studio to the public, and give a printmaking activity. Both days were filled with friends (long – time and new) the whole weekend. I was so busy covered in ink and making prints, i didn’t get a chance to take any  photos (ok, i did take this selfie!)

Lucky for me, a lot of my friends who visited are ALSO artists, and THEY took photos, and gave me permission to share. You can click any of the photos to visit their websites/social media/email for more information about them and their work.

photo by Stan Briede

 

photo by Stan Briede

 

photo by Patricia Timm

 

 

 

photo by Stan Briede

 

photo by Patricia Timm

photo by Sharon Teegarden

 

photo by Sara Pearce (Paper With A Past)

 

photo by Sara Pearce (Paper With A Past)

 

photo by Brandy Riegle

 

photo by Brandy Riegle

 

photo by Sara Pearce (Paper With A Past)

 

photo by Sara Pearce (Paper With A Past)

 

photo by Stan Briede

 

 

photo provided by Suzanne Whitaker

Thanks everyone for making this year’s Frontier Christmas a special one. I love it when other artists visit and enjoy our historic little village. It’s especially wonderful when we get the chance to see our neighborhood through the lens of their cameras. Thanks again everyone for sharing your photos…and folks, don’t forget to click the photos to learn more about the people who took them.

 

 

December 2, 2017

Old Washington – the view from 62

 

My latest print of Old Washington. It’s the view from hwy 62-where you can see the village through the trees. Also, today and tomorrow Dec 2+3, the village is celebrating Frontier Christmas. You can visit my studio, and use my press to make a Christmas card. This is a limited edition (only 16) print-if you would like to purchase one, and support my work, click the image for more details.

mi grabado mas reciente de Old Washington. Es la vista de carraterra 62, como puedes ver el pueblo entre los arboles. Tambien, hoy y manana, nuestro pueblito va a celebrar Navidad en la frontera. Puedes visitar a mi taller y hacer un grabado con mi prensa. Este grabado es un edicion limitado (solo hay 16) – si quieres comprar (y dar apoyo a mis proyectos) hacer un CLICK de la foto.

December 1, 2017

Christmas Card 2017 – A new star

Hot off the press! the design for my FREE printmaking activity during Frontier Christmas in Old Washington. (this weekend) you can visit my house from noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and make one for yourself. no art experience required. I’ll show you how it works.

caliente de de la prensa. el desiño de me actividad de grabado Gratis durante el fiesta en mi pueblo. (este fin de semana) vistes a mi casa entre mediodía y 5 en la tarde para hacerlo. no necesitas experiencia. puede mostrarte como.

November 30, 2017

New Linocuts-Scenes from Lewis County, KY

For the month of November, I have been exploring, sketching, zine-making and printmaking around Lewis county. I am interested in teachers and our education system, and was excited to learn about and sketch this old schoolhouse in Clarksburg, a small community outside of Vanceburg, KY.

I moved things around a little bit, the schoolhouse is now a residence, but I feel like the print still captures the feeling of the place.

 

 

Before you get to Vanceburg, the highway goes over a mountain. When you turn the corner, there is a great view of the road and the mountains. To me, this is when the Kentucky hills have grown into mountains.

 

These prints are a little bit different from my work in the past, because I have printed them on Mulberry paper. It comes from the inside fibers of the tree’s bark, and is harvested without hurting the tree. The paper is extremely thin, almost transparent…but it’s also very strong. The paper requires a little bit different handling from the cotton rag paper I am used to. However, the paper does a great job of picking up all the details of the carving.

These prints are in a limited edition of 16. They are signed and numbered. They are also for sale, for $60 unframed, or $120 framed. You can click on either of the prints, or visit the printmaking section of my gallery for more information.