I’m celebrating by spending the day with weapons of mass creation
I’m celebrating by spending the day with weapons of mass creation
If you follow me on facebook, you may have noticed that I’m not sharing pictures and artwork as much as I used to. I’m trying to get into the habit of sharing my art, projects and photos on my website. Here is a little bit of what has been going on over the last couple of days.
I am working on an art project about US Route 62. On Tuesday, I visited the Josephine Sculpture Garden near Lawrenceburg (more about that in a future post) and Bardstown, KY.
I had never visited Bardstown before, it’s one of Kentucky’s oldest cities, and is also the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home”. I think its really cool that Old Washington and Maysville share the same street as this “other” old Kentucky City.
I took one of my sketches from visiting My Old Kentucky Home, and have been trying to make a small, notecard sized woodcut from it.
Halfway through the carving, The wood had its own ideas, and the “o” in home splintered.
I carved the design a second time-starting with the words first, and the “o” in Old broke.
I decided I was trying to cut too fine details for that particular size, and carved white letters into a black background.
To balance out the tension of carving something so small and delicate, I followed it with a fun little Monkey playing a drum.
This saturday (November 10, 2018), I am participating in a print sale with the Tiger Lily Press in Cincinnati. I’m carving like a madman, in hopes of carving and printing this large panoramic scene of Over The Rhine in time to have it at the show. Here’s a link to the show, if you want to come, support other printmakers, and see if I was able to make it in time: http://tigerlilypress.org/2018/10/tlp-annual-sale/
My final big accomplishment this week was moving my large press 3 blocks away from my house into it’s new home at the “Log Cabin Print Shop”, which is scheduled to open the first weekend of December as part of Frontier Christmas here in Old Washington. I only had one volunteer to help move the VERY HEAVY PRESS. It took a little bit of engineering to get it to work, but it’s ready to print. I still need to move my tools, drying racks, ink,etc, i hope to have some new prints to show tomorrow or tuesday.
These little snippets from my studio should pretty much have you up to date with my goings on. The biggest thing I miss from using my website instead of facebook is the feedback, so, if you feel like leaving a comment, I’d love to hear from you! Hope you all have a great week!
I was honored to have been invited to Harlan Hubbard’s Studio in Ft. Thomas for a fundraising activity to help maintain and restore the historic building.
As usually happens at successful activities, I was too busy making prints to take any of my own photos. Lucky for me, there were lots of photographers at the event, and I can share photos through the lens of their cameras. Please let me know if I misspelled anyone’s name, or if you would like your photo to link to website. Thank you for sharing!
it’s been 10 years since I’ve thrown a pot. I wondered if it is like riding a bike. will I remember how to do it? we are having an #emptybowls fundraiser for the food bank in our community next month, so i gave it a try. my first attempt passed for a bowl!
I’m always trying to get better at telling stories with video. Today was a rainy sunday…my favorite kind of day. I enjoyed most of it sitting on the porch, watching the rain.
Organization is not easy for me. I’ll have a broad range of different thoughts at once. It can be a beautiful thing, but quickly tailspin into chaos and dysfunction. I don’t think this is a unique struggle. Since our adoption of so much technology into our daily lives, we have been immersed in an massive amount of information…Not to mention tech companies constantly competing for our attention. It’s becoming a norm for the people I meet to be overwhelmed, easily distracted and unorganized.
Two weeks ago, a friend gave me a quick glimpse at their Bullet Journal. It was filled with colorful drawings and doodles; enough to spark my interest and to want to learn more. You can do a quick web search to learn more about the Bullet Journal. I have been using one for the last two weeks, and here are some of my thoughts:
There have been studies that show a hand written note on paper is easier to remember than a note typed into a computer or cell phone.
Working in a paper notebook has less distractions. The apps on my phone have been designed to constantly try to get my attention. A notebook has no apps and getting away from the phone helps me to focus.
Its nice to be able to flip through my notebook. I’ll get a glimpse of an ongoing project, and it reminds me to think about it. Often, my digital notes disappear into a void; never to be seen again.
I keep my Bullet Journal open on my desk. The constant visual reminder helps me to stay focused on the day’s goals. Even when I don’t get something done, the unfinished goals follow me to the next day. Now that I have a place to store my random thoughts, I can see the different pieces come togething into something useful.
The colorful drawings and charts that are possible are what got me interested in Bullet Journaling. I have since learned that a minimal style notebook is a better fit for my personality (for now). I get to draw and use colors all day in my studio, I don’t need a journal for a creative outlet: I need to quickly store and retrieve information. The plain black pen works for me.
Two weeks might not be enough time to determine whether or not this will be a useful tool or not, but my first impressions are good. Certainly good enough to continue using this system. If you are looking for a system to keep yourself organized, you might consider the Bullet Journal.
*Fun Fact: I wrote this blog post on paper before typing it on the computer.
Last week, I did some sketching around Maysville, KY, and asked my friends on social media…which sketch should I make into a woodcut. The feedback was divided, so I chose #1 of the 3 sketches.
Here’s my progress so far:
Stay tuned, I’m carving and printing every day. I’ll have another progress report soon.
I’m trying to do more daily sketching with a pen…to hone my drawing skills
The flowers have been popping all around my house
and they are too pretty to ignore
maybe tomorrow i’ll sketch some of the birds that have singing to me while I draw?
This weekend, we celebrated Frontier Christmas in Old Washington. As always, I open my home/studio to the public, and give a printmaking activity. Both days were filled with friends (long – time and new) the whole weekend. I was so busy covered in ink and making prints, i didn’t get a chance to take any photos (ok, i did take this selfie!)
Lucky for me, a lot of my friends who visited are ALSO artists, and THEY took photos, and gave me permission to share. You can click any of the photos to visit their websites/social media/email for more information about them and their work.
Thanks everyone for making this year’s Frontier Christmas a special one. I love it when other artists visit and enjoy our historic little village. It’s especially wonderful when we get the chance to see our neighborhood through the lens of their cameras. Thanks again everyone for sharing your photos…and folks, don’t forget to click the photos to learn more about the people who took them.
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: