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.
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.
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!
I have been thinking about spring, and plants growing…also, the river has been rising. That is the inspiration for this monotype.
Susan Naylor gave a great collograph demo/workshop
Janet Finn working on her collograph
Her collograph/aquatint is amazing…photos do no justice, you have to see this in person.
I also got a chance to meet Rick Finn, and watch his incredible Japanese woodcut technique. This reduction woodcut has 7 layers…still not finished, but it looks great!
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.
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
I have been working with limited palettes, and tried painting using Payne’s Grey, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna.
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.
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, animation and ipad art. 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.