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A Kentucky Canoe Trip

Yesterday, I took a great canoe trip with my friend Jim Lally.  We’ve had a lot of rain, so the water was perfect out by his farm.  I made a short little video for those unfortunate folks who didn’t get to go canoeing this week.

here’s a link to the video in case it doesn’t show up:

If you liked some of the art from the video, click on the pictures below.  They link to more information about the art!

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Printmaking with the Phi Theta Kappa


Friday evening, I had an opportunity to demonstrate block printing to the Phi Theta Kappa at their regional conference at Thomas Moore College.


The theme of the conference was “The democratization of information through arts and communication”.  Traditional printmaking has played a major role in the democratization of information, starting with the Guttenberg press 400 years ago.

photoByJonna Atkinson-Bigelow

I carved a print based on the symbols of the Phi Theta Kappa.  The head of Athena, laurel and oak leaves.  I was very nervous before the presentation, but the group really seemed to like it!  I even had the opportunity to sell the prints fresh out of the press.


My demo was followed by Frank Appiah, a native of Ghana, who shared a performance of the Adowa dance. 


I had a chance to talk with Frank after the performance, and he used to teach at the  Maysville community college literally right across the street from my home in Old Washington.  What a small world!


Thank you Margo Hamm for inviting me, Charlotte McConaha for helping (and photos)  also Melanie Alvey, Jonna Atkinson-Bigelow and Savannah Smith for sharing their photos.

Thanks to all the Phi Theta Kappa for a great evening!

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Friday At The Tiger Lily Press While The River Rises

river rising monotype

Friday morning, I put some ink through the press at the Tiger Lily Press.

finished monotype

I have been thinking about spring, and plants growing…also, the river has been rising.  That is the inspiration for this monotype.

Susan Naylor inking a collograph

Susan Naylor gave a great collograph demo/workshop

Susan Naylor demonstrating collograph techniqueJanet Finn working on her collograph

Janet Finn working on her collograph

Susan Naylor with finished collograph

Her collograph/aquatint is amazing…photos do no justice, you have to see this in person.

Rick Finn with japanese woodcuts

I also got a chance to meet Rick Finn, and watch his incredible Japanese woodcut technique.Close up of Rick's Japanese woodcuts
This reduction woodcut has 7 layers…still not finished, but it looks great!

Jay Harriman and Rick Finn at the Tiger lily PressJay Harriman investigating his metallic blue block print

Jay Harriman did block prints using a very interesting metallic blue ink.  It’s another one of those you have to see in person.  The effects of the ink don’t photograph well.

Fresh ink at the Tiger Lily Press

If live in the Cincinnati area and have an interest in traditional printmaking, visit the Tiger Lily Press.  You’ll get a chance to meet our region’s most talented printmakers…and get a chance to explore this fascinating medium

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March Art Class – Negative Space

Every first Wednesday, I am giving a FREE art class in Old Washington.  March’s lesson was on negative space.

Negative space is the area around an object.  When you draw the negative space instead of the object, it is a good exercise for exploring the ‘shape’ of the object. 


It was a challenge, but I think everyone enjoyed the exercises, and developed their creative skills!


Next class will be April 6th at 1pm.  You are all invited!

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This Year’s Garden–Bigger and Better!

One good thing about higher food and gas prices, it motivates me to spend more time on my bike and in my garden. 


Yesterday, farmer extraordinaire, Megann Thomas stopped by while I was planting red onions. 


In a few months, these babies will be big enough to eat!



And check out the garlic I planted last fall…they are almost 3 inches tall! 

This year, I am going to partner with my neighbors, and with their help, the garden is going to be bigger and better than ever before!  There won’t be any starving artists on my block Smile

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Painting With A Limited Palette

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I have been working with limited palettes, and tried painting using Payne’s Grey, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna. 

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The painting is looking pretty good!

REMINDER-Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2nd, I am giving a free art class in old Washington at 1pm.  Let me know if you are interested.  I can give more details.