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white line woodcuts

I ran into this video about white line woodcuts

This process is new to me, and I love to try new things…so now I’m eager to try it out. 

The process is from the 1930’s and inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.  Popularized by the artists in at the art colony in Provincetown.

For one of my daily sketches, I created this digital drawing…to see how the design would look as a white line woodcut. 

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I’m going to try and do it in woodcut sometime this week.  The process is labor intensive, but I think I will love the results…and it will be worth the effort!

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New Monotypes and A Video

I switched to a larger plate size for my monotypes.  With a printed surface of 8”x10”  I’m able to create more complicated monotypes.

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Pig On Bike

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Community Meeting

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Pig In The House

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Boat Ride

As always, this work is for sale.  You can buy with archival matting in a handmade (by the artist) frame for $140 or unframed for $70

Also, last weekend I participated in the Lake Waynoka Paint Out.  Here’s a 1 minute video:

follow this link if video does not appear above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2m_Lyk_iCY

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Burlington Chalk Festival

Saturday was Burlington, Ky’s second annual Chalk Festival. 

For those who weren’t able to come, here’s a short video of me and my chalk art.

If you can’t see the video here, follow this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2bA5HqFJXc

After the festival, I enjoyed an amazing meal at the historic Tousey House Tavern.  Butch Wainscott and his wife  (and artist) , Mary Ann have created a culinary experience.  Incredible food in a historic setting…well worth the drive and a day in the sun. 

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May Days

I hit the ground running this May.  First, Maysville had their annual Art Walk.  Seven banners of my work were hung in the Second street mall.  The art walk was well attended.  It was nice to see so many friends.

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Me and the great Maysville folks who are making the Cultural Arts District happen in Maysville.

The next day, was the Duveneck Art Show in Covington.  duveneckArtShow

The show is right on the river, facing Cincinnati.  Where we could watch the Reds game (they won BTW).  It was a great show!  The folks in Covington really make their artists feel welcome.  After each show, they have a party for the artists in a beautiful lawn with incredible food.

Immediately after the show, I drove to Georgia to spend a day with my family.  My little brother is leaving for Iraq soon, and the family needed to get together.

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I hurried back to Kentucky to get ready for the May’s Lick Asparagus Festival.  Every year, the festival has an art contest.  My entry was my first attempt at an animation.  IT WON FIRST PLACE!!!  You can see it on youTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyJTNYTNOds

The next day after the Asparagus festival, was the Wyoming Art Show.  There was a little bit of rain, but a remarkable turnout, good sales, and I WON THE OUTSIDE EXHIBITOR AWARD! 

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I had my bike, map and other artifacts from my recent trip…along with a new major painting…

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Titled, ‘Bike Ride’  a large mixed media on paper.

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Still Life Painting In Old Washington, KY

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A fun bunch of artists met in Old Washington for a day of still life painting.  The theme was musical instruments.  We had a banjo, mandolin and guitar as models.
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Betsy Adams working in pastel.


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Philip Saunders sketching with oil pastel.

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Mary-Louise Dean working in oil.
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Ruvonna Bevard painting in acrylic.

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I worked on a monotype of each instrument.  You can see a short video of the prints going through the press below:

if you don’t see the video above, follow this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbQVUSMFOwQ

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For All You Love Birds

Here’s my latest block print, “Loving”.

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These reduction woodcuts are a very special limited edition of 6.  The block is destroyed during the process, making it impossible to recreate the image.  The prints are designed to be the perfect Valentine’s Day card for  the one-of-a-kind sweetheart.  It folds to allow a personalized message, and includes a hand-made envelope for $60.

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Here is a short video of the final cutting and printing of the block.

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Art Events This Weekend

There’s 3 great reasons to visit my favorite neck of the woods this weekend.

  1. Art Show At The Beehive Tavernwww.beehivetavernrestaurant.com
  2.  Sixth Annual Nativity and Music Festival

    by Trinity and St. Paul Lutheran Churches

    View over 200 nativity sets created by artists from around the world.

    I was able to make a really amateur video with my phone while taking a sneak peek at the nativity display.  Special thanks to the show’s coordinator, Barb Clarke, for giving me a few minutes while working so hard on the upcoming event.
    Saturday, December 12 11am – 5pm
    Sunday, December 13 12pm-4pm

    Free and Open To The Public (Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Mason County Food Bank) over 200 Nativity Sets From Around The World Sacred Music of the Season A Restored Life-Size Nativity Set from the 1950’s Free photos of children in a stable setting (costumes provided) Featured set – vintage hummel 621 Parker Road, Maysville, KY 41056 606.564.3566 www.trinitylutheranmaysville.org

  3. The Maysville Players Present – Christmas Belles

    Our local performing artists with their Holiday Special!
    It’s Holiday Time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, as a church Christmas Program spins hilariously out of control!  Guaranteed to bring Joy To Your World!

    www.maysvilleplayers.net

If you come on Saturday, enjoy a special bonus, the
5th Annual Festival of Books
will be held at the YMCA gym from 10am-3pm.  Meet local authors view artwork from the  Ohio River Valley Artist Guild.  This fun fundraiser helps the KY Gateway Museum Center continue to bring educational programs to our community.

www.kygmc.org

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Show Season Is In Full Swing

It’s that time of year when the weather cools down, and I have a different art show every weekend. There have been a few shows dampened by wet fall weather, but all-in-all, it’s been a lot of fun.

Here’s a video I made at the Ohio River Valley Artist Guild show:

I’m no videographer, and all the footage was with my cell phone, but overall, I think it’s pretty good!

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If we haven’t seen each other yet this season, there are still two opportunities.

  • Hyde Park – October 4th in Cincinnati
  • KY Guild Art fair – October 10-11th at the Indian Fort Theatre in Berea, KY

If you don’t want to have to deal with me, and just want to see my work in a truly exquisite gallery, stop by the EAT Gallery on Second Street in Maysville, KY. I am proud to be one of their featured artists.

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If you are shopping in Louisville, be sure to stop by the S. Bayly Boutique. It’s a really cool shop with good vibes and great art…including mine! It’s at the corner of Lexington Ave, and S. Bayly in Louisville, KY.Untitled_Panorama1

So, I’m looking forward to the next couple of shows…then I’m REALLY looking forward to some time for hiking, canoeing, camping, and wandering around in general with my sketchbook and paints. (Tag a longs welcome!)

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