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I messed up…

I’ve had this website for over 14 years, and technology has changed a LOT in that time. After one too many ‘upgrades’ without proper maintenance, my site has become so slow, it’s almost unusable.

To get back up and running, i’m starting with a ‘clean slate’. The new site will be snappy, modern and quick to load, making it easier for you to keep in touch with the latest projects in my studio. I know you are busy, and I hate to have to ask you to do anything, so most of the changes will happen behind the scenes, just keep visiting the site like normal, and moving forward it should keep working better and better. Missing posts and art will return, and some new features too!

Comments are where I have a problem and need your help: I have lost all my previous comments, which is really tough for me, because the conversations I have with my friends is what makes sharing art on the internet so much fun. If you’d like to keep the conversation going, follow this link: www.kenswinson.com, to make sure you are on the new, improved server, then keep the comments comming.

While you at the new site, if you like getting new posts deliverd by email, be sure to sign up again. you can do it in the top right corner. This will make sure that you don’t miss any of my new artwork and posts.

Thanks for your patience during this crazy time. Hopefully once I get everything up and running, I won’t have to do another overhaul like this for at least 14 more years!

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Thank you USPS

I’m an artist in a rural town. Even though my town is very supportive of the arts, there just aren’t enough people in the region to support a full time artist. A majority of my sales are through my website, and shipped from my local post office. During the pandemic, when all my in-person sales opportunities vanished overnight, my online sales and USPS have been my saving grace. I’ve been able to work from home and keep my head above water during this difficult time. Thanks to my wonderful patrons and the US Postal Service

While spending time in Mexico, i fell in love with the land, people and culture. I seriously considered moving there. The big reason I decided not to was; they did not have a postal infrastructure anything like ours in the United States. My business would not have the access to the rest of the world it does right now with the USPS.

Now that things are being slowed down, and the service is being scaled back to save money (or whatever), i’m starting to look at private delivery services. Since this is a small town, they don’t have an incentive to serve this community. The UPS store is open only 5 days a week; from 11-2pm — that is only a 3 hour window of time. There is always a wait, and the price is about twice as much as the USPS.

The disruption in postal service is adding stress to an already difficult time for my business. I know I’m not alone. I don’t like getting on a soapbox on this website, i’m not trying to make some politicial statement, or start any arguements (thats not why I’m here—i’m not in a political party—don’t want to be in one–please don’t go waving your policital party flag in my comments… i will delete them. I just want to share my support and appreciation for a non-political service of the US Government. Thank you postal workers for everything you do!

if you like this notecard, and want to support your favorite artist AND the USPS, by having it shipped…and again by mailing it to a friend(win-win-win), you can order it from the Printmaking section of my gallery, there is a selection of notecards, order some hand printed woodcut and linocut cards, then go to the USPS and get some stamps!
thank you for coming to my TED talk

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Printmaking at the Log Cabin Print shop 10 August 2019

I surprise myself all the time. I never thought I’d ever make functional pottery again, but I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! For the last couple of weeks, it’s all I’ve been thinking about.

Today is printmaking day at the Log Cabin Print Shop. I have my design more or less carved and ready to print. What do you think?

Ready to print!
The first proof
The finished linocut
Today’s printing session

We didn’t print as much as some saturdays, but we had wonderful company, and a chance to introduce two really good friends to each other. And of course, when I’m having fun, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of us all having fun! See you all next Saturday!

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Print day at the log cabin print shop 13 july 2019

Its saturday, which means, its print day at the log cabin print shop. The studio will be open to the public, with free tours and studio use from noon-5pm

Folk art style linocut of a family of pigs in the mud
My goal is to print this linocut today: a family of pigs in mud. Because when im in the printshop, im as happy as a pig in mud (also about as messy too!) This print is bigger: 8×10″ .

I have 2 new linocuts to print, and 2 groups of artists are scheduled to print, so there will be lots of activity today!

Folk art style printmaking linocut of 2 bunnies sharing a carrot
4 1/2 x 6″ (notecard size) linocut of one of my favorite themes: sharing is caring.

12:10 Dustin Cecil just got back from a week long printmaking workshop at the John C. Campbell folk school.

Dustin showing new monotypes and drypoint etchings
An experiment…gluing paper to our clothespin hangers
This *should* keep us from denting our paper when hanging
The “sharing is caring” inked and ready to print
Ken using the little cast iron press
Sharing is caring – bunnies 5×7″ notecard on acid free recycled card stock
Color 1 of Dustin’s reduction linocut
Going through the press!
The new hangers doing their thing!
Inking the pig family blocks
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A Special Delivery – M’s Canvashouse

My friend, Meredith owns a business in Lexington, KY, called M’s Canvashouse, which supplies hand painted canvas designs and anything else you could need for needlepoint.

She works with all kinds of artists; including Charlie Harper (one of my favorites!) and …..Ken Swinson!

M’s Canvashouse has a wonderful new space…a beautiful store and showroom (not pictured) and great workroom

She recently moved to a new building, and needed a painting for her new office! The walls in her office are pink. What better place for ” Here, Birdy birdy”!

I love it when I get to deliver a painting in person (especially big art). It’s very exciting to see my painting in it’s new home.

painting of a yellow cat with birdhouse in pink office

Thank you Meredith, for supporting my art; bringing it into your home and workplace, collaborating with me, and inspiring me with the possibilities of builidng a successful creative business.

ken swinson and meredith willett
Ken and Meredith

Stitchers! if you haven’t already visited her new shop, pay her a visit the next time you are in Lexington.

M’s Canvashouse new building!

Or visit online: www.mscanvashouse.com

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I don’t take photos on the best days at the print shop

Have you ever been so engaged enjoying a moment that you forgot to take your camera out to ‘document’ the experience? That’s what happened this Saturday at the Log Cabin Print Shop!

Rachel Bollman printing with the old time cast iron press

I love it when it happens, but wish I had more pictures to share the day after.

Alycia and Dustin printing with the big Wood Foose press

We had a full house with 4 people cranking art through both of our presses!

inking linocuts

Ripley, OH artist, Rachel Bollman crossed the river to print with us.

Rachel Bollman

From Carter County, KY artist, Dustin Cecil

Dustin Cecil

brought his artist friends Alycia (the geography lady)and Blake from Philidelphia

Blake and Alycia

Thanks everyone for printing with us at yhe log cabin, we had a great time!

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Repurposing an old paintbox

My friend and neighbor gave me an old paint box that was missing a few screws.

I decided to take the easel part from the reat of the box, then mount it on my wall… Yhat way i get adjustable easel features, without legs taking a lot of prexious space in my studio.

The easel can hold a pretty large canvas for example, this 28“ tall canvas fits with room for even larger! (pay no attention to the unfinished painting on the wall)