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Standing Up for good health+posture

I hate to admit it, but I spend a lot of time at a desk, and I have been reading about the damage that happens to the body from sitting for hours every day.

Here’s a New York Times article about stand up desks:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/technology/personaltech/22basics.html

Some office jockeys are tossing their chairs and and using stand up desks.  There are a lot of products you can buy spending anywhere from $150-6000 for stand up work stations.

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I didn’t want to put my current workstation into a landfill, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that might not work for me.  I spent $40 at the local hardware store, and built 2 bases for my workstation, raising everything to standing height.

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It’s only been 2 days, aside from my feet being a little tired, I like standing while working.  I can feel it is better for my back and posture.  I also move a lot more.  They say that standing improves blood circulation, and helps with thinking…and I’ll take any help I can get!!

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Maybe someday, I’ll convert it into a treadmill desk.  Yes, that is a real thing, look it up on google!

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Stick Tight Man Winter Walk–36th Annual

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Yesterday was the 36th annual Stick Tight Man Winter Walk, hosted by Jim Lally and Jennifer Gleason of Sunflower Sundries farm.039_8_tonemapped
Unfortunately, I was in the city for the first half of the day, and I missed the group Winter Walk but I did get a chance to walk around the farm by myself, and enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

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A wood stove with delicious local grown chili greeted cold walkers when they got back to the barn.


Followed by a evening of poetry


Live music, and dancing

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We kept the chickens up all night…

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One of my favorite artists, Sue Gorman, was there with her husband, Jeff, sketching the farm


Thanks for a great evening Jim+Jennifer, you know how to throw a great party!

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John Parker Painting featured artwork for the National Underground Conference

Last night, I was at the press conference and reception for the National Underground Conference, this year, it will be held in Clermont County this June.

I am pleased to announce that my painting of John Parker is being used to promote the event.  It will be used for the invitations, brochure, website, thank you notes, etc.

You can read a little more about the announcement here:
http://www.clermontcountyohio.gov/nr0111undergroundrr.aspx

I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures, but hopefully, you can see the art on the banner at the press conference/reception.  (and a large print on an easel further in the room!)

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If interested, I offer prints of the painting on my website. 

Follow this link for more information:
http://www.kenswinson.com/prints.php?theme=all&paintingID=177

 

I won’t name drop, but at the reception, I met some very interesting and inspirational people, and learned that Eliza Harris was a real person who escaped from a farm in Dover, Kentucky.  Her story is well documented (in more than just ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’)  She actually crossed the river 3 times to rescue her children.


Follow this link to learn more about my Eliza Harris linocut:
http://www.kenswinson.com/wordpress/?p=2039

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New Cards–Sneak Peek

I just finished a new series of hand printed note cards.  They are not for sale yet, but I wanted to give you the first look.

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I want to call this “Picnic For Two”

 

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I’m thinking “Shady Ladies”

 

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“Row Your (own) Boat?”

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“Peaceful”

 

I am also working on a special series of RED notecards.  They will be great gifts for Valentine’s day…and part of the proceeds will go toward United Nations Foundation’s fight against AIDS in Africa.

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You can read about RED here: http://www.joinred.com

Cards will be for sale this Friday Night and Saturday at the Pendleton art Center in Cincinnati

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think…I’m not the best at titles and would love to hear your suggestions…

and keep visiting my website and blog…more coming soon!

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Studio Update

Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately…

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I’m teaching a free art class in my community.  One day a month.

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Screen Printing

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Making Monotypes

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Developing embossed ‘chops’ for my work

 

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Yes, that’s me sleeping in a tree!

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…and here stopping for a snack.

(notice the fancy embossed bicycles in the left corner!)

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I’ve also been making animations from my block print note cards.
See more here: http://www.kenswinson.com/cards.php

My studio will be open at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati this Friday for Final Friday and Second Look Saturday

here’s a link to their website: http://www.pendletonartcenter.com/

stop by and see what else I have been working on!

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Eliza Harris

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I want to share my latest print.

It is a portrait of Kentucky Legend, Eliza Harris. 

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In a race for freedom, Eliza jumped across floating pieces of ice to cross the Ohio River with her baby.

At the Ohio Shore, she was greeted by a man who was going to return her to slavery…but after watching her death defying river crossing, he helped her connect with the ‘underground railroad’ where she was relocated to Canada.

This print was hard to photograph, because the bottom layer is a gold-metallic ink.  It really should be seen in person.

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Support This Project

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The advanced art students at Mason County High school published an Art Book featuring their beautiful relief prints.022
The books are for sale for only $10, and help fund the school’s art activities.

Contact Stephanie Martinez – Stephmartinez@bellsouth.net

books can be shipped for $3

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Our future looks good when kids are exploring traditional printmaking…DO YOUR PART and support this great project!

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Block Print Notecards

For the Holidays, I made a series of cards for a printmaking activity with neighborhood children in the Pendleton community (downtown Cincinnati).  Sorry, no pictures, there were 200 children and I was too busy!

Working on the cards was a lot of fun, so I have continued to make block print note cards.

My lovely assistant, Monkey, is holding her favorite (but she really likes the one with the birds too!)

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They are unsigned and the edition is unlimited, so I can sell them for the low, low price of $5 each.  These are original block prints, come with an envelope and make a great way to share original art with your friends (or keep for yourself!)

Follow this link:
http://www.kenswinson.com/cards.php

and get yours today!