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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.

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ART IN THE WILD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

 

One of my big projects last year was a series of paintings for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  I never got a chance to see the paintings framed and in their new home. I was excited to see one of my friends share photos of the paintings on facebook. (and gave me permission to share the photos here – thanks Emily!). The paintings are oil on canvas, and bigger than you might think (3ft x 4ft each). She had to take 2 photos, because all 3 were too wide to fit in one photo. Thanks again for sharing!

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Art Zine Meet Up and Collaboration – Lewis County, KY

For November’s Art Zine Meet up, a group of artists and writers from Kentucky and Ohio met at the Lewis County Public Library in Vanceburg, Ky. Our Theme for November was GRATITUDE.

If you’d like to print and make your own paper copy of the zine, you can download a print ready pdf of our zine here: click here to download printable PDF

 

We painted 17 different covers. Many are featured above. If you want to view or download a high resolution copy of any of the covers, you can visit this album: click here to view/download the covers.

Or view the zine below- click on any of the images to view/download a full size copy of the page-Click on the artist’s name for more information about the artist (when available)

Rosemary Topie


Ken Swinson


Melissa Barker


Kelly Hartley

 


Sue Gorman


Courtney Spear


Gayle D. Massie


Vicki Tichenor

 


Jamey Kreger

 


Patty S. Toller

 


Mari Russell

 

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sketching/painting Lewis County Farm Scene

Next week, I am meeting a group of artists in Vanceburg, Ky for an art project; so I recently took a few sketching trips throughout Lewis County.

Lewis county is where the Kentucky hills along the Ohio River start to grow into mountains. Beautiful country!  I stopped by this farm scene to do a little bit of sketching.

 

I like this scene so much, I decided to carve it into a linoleum block print. I decided to replace the haybales with cows, but feel like I captured the feeling of the scene.

I’m offering it as a limited edition (only 16), if you are interested, click the image for more information.

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Here’s how I have been framing my latest prints

 

A few people have asked me for more information about how I am framing my latest prints. Here’s some more information with photos.

My latest prints are in a panoramic profile: the carving is 4 1/2″ x 12″. I print on a 10″ x 16″ acid-free, cotton paper.

I make one kind of frame. It’s made from wood, and I use a 100% rag matt to keep the paper from the glass.

The frames have a simple, flat profile. I cover them with 3 coats of paint, and then give them a distressed effect, which brings out some of the natural aspects (like grain and occasional knots) of the wood.

I take a lot of pride in my frames, and sign them: handmade frame by Ken Swinson, just like I would the actual artwork.

 

If you haven’t visited my online printmaking gallery lately, I have a series of new panoramic linocuts. Here are a few examples:


The Walcott Covered Bridge – Bracken County, KY (limited edition of 16)


2 Bridges Over The Ohio River (limited edition of 16)


Covered Bridge – Goddard, KY (limited edition of 16)


Rev. John Rankin House – Ripley, OH (limited editon of 16)