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Make A Zine Meet Up – Brooksville, KY – LUCK

artZineCover brooksville Kentucky

March 26, 2018 was our  Lucky 7th monthly Art Zine in Brooksville, KY. Our theme was – LUCK. Here are the pages. Click any of the images (or right here)to see the whole album (including all our hand painted covers).

If you’d like to download and print your own copy of our zine, a printable PDF of the zine here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTpAXO4oRsmRZQrPK6

thanks everyone for participating! Our next ArtZine will be April 23 at the Barn in Rabbit Hash, KY.

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March ArtZine Linocut – Count Your Blessings

Count your Blessings New Linocut

Every month, I visit a different small town and invite everyone to meet up and make an art maga(zine). Our theme for March’s ‘zine’ is LUCK. (We are meeting on March 26 In Brooksville, KY – come join us!)For my entry, i designed/carved/printed this linocut.

It seems like whenever I think about the things I DONT have in my life, i feel like an unlucky person. BUT – if I think about the things I DO have, I realize how lucky I am! That idea was the inspiration for this month’s linocut.

The image is 8×5″ and printed on an 11×14″ cotton paper. I made a few extras to sell for $35- not only do you get a beautiful handmade linocut, but you are also helping support my other art projects. For over 10 years, all of my income has come from art making, and your support. thank you for making it possible!

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Block Print Animations

cover photo with 2 chickens

I’m trying to get better at reduction block printing…a technique for making multi-colored prints, using one block. It forces me to think a little bit different about how I design and carve…which is good, but sometimes a little frustrating.

animation of a linocut printmaking hen

I’m also learning to make animations. I thought it would be cool to give motion to some of my most recent reduction block prints.

animation of a printmaking linocut rooster

I really love mixing old with new technologies. What do you think?

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Maysville Third Street – New Linocut

I live in a charming little river town-Maysville, Kentucky. It’s on the Ohio River-we have the river, bridge, and lots of historic buildings. That’s a lot of picture-perfect scenery to squeeze into my latest block print.
The print is a limited edition (im only printing 16). The  image is 4 1/2″x12″ on a sheet of 10×16″ cotton paper. If you’d like to have one for your collection, I am selling them for $60 unframed or $120 framed. I’ll pay the shipping to anywhere in the USA.

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Cincinnati’s Music Hall – New Linocut!

I love Cincinnati and Music, so it was a matter of time before I got around to carving/printing Cincinnati’s recently renovated Music Hall. Like many Cincinnatians, I made wonderful memories in this building, and hope to have many more.

The print is a limited edition (im only printing 16). The  image is 4 1/2″x12″ on a sheet of 10×16″ cotton paper. If you’d like to have one for your collection, I am selling them for $60 unframed. I’ll pay the shipping to anywhere in the USA.

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Make A Zine Meet Up – Olive Hill, KY – Love

cover banner artzines love olive hill

Feb 22, 2018 was our 6th monthly Art Zine in Olive Hill, KY. Our theme was – LOVE. Here are the pages. Click any of the images to see the whole album (including all our hand painted covers).
You can download a printable PDF of the zine here:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTowMHKIj8Gvf-9S_r

thanks everyone for participating! Our next ArtZine will be March 26 at the Public Library in Brooksville, KY.

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Love One Another

linocut love one another by kentucky artist ken swinson

Every month, I visit a different small town and invite everyone to join me in making an art maga(zine). Our theme for February’s ‘zine’ is LOVE. For my entry, i designed/carved/printed this linocut.

artist ken swinson printing love one another linocut

Instead of creating an illustration about romantic love, I chose to explore the idea of ‘Love One Another’. Kindness is something I am trying to get better at, and this print has been my reminder. The magazine is printed with a laser copier, so, in the magazine, the ilustration will be black and white.

I printed these RED linocuts with my traditional press to raise $300 so I can buy more paper (yes, it’s really possible to spend that much on paper!) – The image is 8×5″ and printed on a 9×12″ 100% recycled post consumer acid free paper. You can support my work (and help me buy the paper I need) by purchasing one of these prints for $35- not only will you get a beautiful handmade linocut, but you will also be helping support my art supply/paper habit. For over 10 years, all of my income has come from art making, and your support. thank you for making it possible!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone’s generous support, I was able to order my paper. Also 2 new cans of ink. My heart is full. thanks everyone for your kindness.

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The Mural at Olive Hill, Kentucky

olive hill kentucky mural

We are just one week away from Art Zine – Olive Hill. Our theme for the February is ‘LOVE’.
I wanted to share something I discovered and LOVE about Olive Hill.

mural at olive hill kentucky


This 150 foot long mural is in the heart of Olive Hill. It’s on the main road, in front of the Old High School-now home to the Carter County Public Library and Center for Arts & Education. The mural was designed by Larry Carroll. As part of the Workforce Investment Act, through the Federal Department of Labor, the local youth were HIRED to paint the mural between 2002-2006.  Over time the mural has faded, but members of the community recently raised money and volunteers to restore the mural in front of the Art Center/Library.
I LOVE public art-especially when the community come together to take care of it–and when youth get paid real-life work experience working in art.

mural at olive hill kentucky


The Library is on the 3rd floor of this building, and you can get a better look at the mural when you visit Olive Hill for our monthly Art Zine activity, (more details about that here) but here’s a close up photo of the mural for those who can’t make it this time.

mural in olive hill kentucky
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2 Color Linocuts – Animated

linocut bunnys stealing cabbage

I love it when I get a chance to combine traditional printmaking with modern art tools. I am learning to sculpt, model and animate with a 3D program, called Blender. I thought it would be interesting to see if I could use the program to animate a 2D image (like one of my latest linocuts). Here are some examples:

animation of bunny rabbits stealing cabbage based on a linocut
animation of linocut bunny rabbits stealing cabbage

I’ve learned a lot through these exercises, and think the animation gives you all a new way to experience printmaking. What do you think?