Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, so I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a Mother’s Day card to send to my mom. After working the design out on paper, i’m ready to transfer it to a wood block.
I was trying to describe a creative brainstorming activity to a friend who was struggling with artist block. I’m much better at showing than explaining, so I thought I’d make a little video to show how it works. Maybe some of my other friends will benefit from this, so why not do it LIVE??!! I miss you all
Hey everybody! I haven’t made any functional pots since October, but this morning, I opened my kiln and have a fresh batchl!!! I’m really excited about this one, because it’s my first time firing porcelain.
My latest linocut!
This will be a greeting card to share with friends and family who might feel alone right now.
i assume all kentuckians know where this phrase comes from. for those who don’t, every day, our governor addresses the state for an update re: covid 19. He always starts saying this, then encourages us to say it together. his demeanor and team spirit has calmed me down on more than a few moments during this anxious time.
I know that a lot of people are experiencing economic insecurity right now, and would enjoy this image, but can’t buy a card right now. I would NEVER encourage digital printing of a hand printed work of art, but these are serious times. If you would like to download a high resolution copy of this art to print and share (for personal use only) follow this link.
Below is the step by step process:
A rough sketch for today’s linocut. This will be a greeting card to share with friends and family who might feel alone right now.
I used my iPad to do some fine tuning on my design. Now I’m ready to transfer it to a block for carving.
Carving. I included my finger in the photo to give you a sense of details and scale. I’ve been carving a lot of wood lately, compared to it, the limo cuts lite butter!
Im enjoying the front porch with buddy and lulubelle. Going to start a new woodcut, am also trying something new. Watching comments from my ipad. If it works, i can see and answer your comments as they come in.
Going to try a live video demo from my clay studio. Im still learning (hope to always be that way). Ill share what i know, and try to answer any questions, feel free to chime in if you have more clay experience and want to share any tips.
Good morning everybody! Im doing a streaming experiment with my dad. If you want to watch a short tour of my clay studio, feel free to join in.
I havent left my house since thursday, and im watching the news more than i should…i can tell its causing me to be anxious, but i cant stop watching. Thought some spring cleaning would be a positive way to keep myself busy. Just finished carving this dust bunny woodcut. Will probably walk down to the cabin and print it later on. Hope you all are doing well!
i try to avoid actually DOING chores whenever i can, so i started another chore bunny. Laundry!!
I just published the DECEMBER editon of my US ROUTE 62 Zine! Giving myself a monthly *deadline* has been a good motivator–to make sure I keep moving forward with the project. As we all know, if you wait for the perfect time, that never happens.
If you’d like your own copy of the zine, You can pick up a free copy at the Log Cabin Print Shop or Pendleton Art Center. I’m also including a copy with all my online orders.
If you want me to mail one to you, just mail a one dollar bill (to cover the cost of envelope and stamp) to: Ken Swinson, PO Box 84, Old Washington, KY 41096
Hope you enjoy it, and have a happy holidays!