While working on a block print of Augusta’s ferry, the Jenny Ann, I made an interesting discovery.
you can use different inks in different stages of the process, resulting in a variety of styles.
For my next woodblock project, I wanted to print an ear of corn where each print is unique. I carved 3 blocks in the reduction technique, using a different color combination for each pattern.
The biggest challenge was cleaning the block, and brayer every time I switched colors. The results were worth in!
I decided to title the series “Everyone Is Unique…Just Like Everyone Else” because the prints can be a metaphor for each of us. We are all unique and beautiful, but we also have a lot in common.
Each print is 1of 1. The woodblock was destroyed in the reduction process, so I will never be able to print more corn prints. Below is a photo of the block after printing. Notice that everything has been carved away except the leaves and border. This single block was used for all parts of the print.
The finished prints are going to be matted in acid free mat board, with one of my classic black handmade wood frames for $120.
If you want to give one as a gift to one of the unique people in your life, let me know, because they ARE one-of-a kind.
I also have 10 Jenny Ann woodblock prints available for the Augusta lovers out there.
I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have food on my table, a roof over my head, and no debt. Whenever I talk to a neighbor or listen to the news, I realize that many people are not so lucky. I believe we are all connected, and I can’t ‘sit pretty’ while my community is facing such difficult times.
Something went very wrong when a low price and convenience became more important than supporting the communities we live in. Many small towns have been tricked into trading their family owned businesses for empty main streets and mega stores with low wages and standards.
I don’t know how to solve big problems, but I am trying to make a difference where I can. I make an effort to buy food and materials for my artwork locally. I am now buying only made in America art supplies.
The next time you shop for gifts, consider supporting small businesses…and help keep them in our community. Here is a list of businesses that support me and my work. Check them out.
The Folk Art Shop – The first shop to welcome my artwork to Kentucky. Bertha’s shop is a one-of-a-kind experience. Her shop is the only log cabin on Main Street, and also her home. In her 80+ years, she has always been a devout supporter of local art.
The FUSION gallery – The FUSION gallery is an example of what the arts bring to a community. It was opened by 3 friends on Fairfield Avenue 10 years ago, and has been an active part of the street’s transformation into a thriving district for small business.
Indigenous, a handcrafted gallery – Contemporary Arts & Crafts with an emphasis on local artists. When not at the gallery, they are busy helping plan events to keep the O’Bryonville neighborhood a fun place to shop.
S. Bayly Boutique – a small shop with with a big social conscience. S. Bayly Boutique sell handmade, environmentally friendly and cruelty free products. They are active members of Louisville’s Crescent Hill neighborhood.
EAT Gallery – Specializing in rare and unusual gemstones from around the world, Simon and Laurie Watt have brought world famous American jewelers to Maysville, and worked hard to promote it’s charming small town way of life.
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.