Remington prints completed! Here they are drying on my makeshift drying racks. I ended up with 29 of them. I usually try for an edition of 32 but I'm still getting used to printing with a press. I'm learning how to adjust the tension of the rollers. What I've found is that if printing large, solid areas it's best to set the press tighter. If printing something with more detail loosening the tension is better, otherwise you get blurred lines.
I carved the final block for my Remington linocut this morning. This print will have three colors created by two different blocks. I used the first block for the background. The second block was first used for the base color of the gun and now that I've carved it further it will be used for the gun detail.
After spending all these years doing all of my prints by hand, I finally bought myself a printing press. I don't have very much money but I found this little etching press for just $159.00. After a few simple modifications it works great! I'm working on a three color linocut of an 1875 Remington Revolver. It's been nice to be able to design something without thinking about the trouble and time of printing it by hand. This press is really the best thing I've ever purchased for my printmaking!
I spent all day yesterday redoing my website. There were all kinds of weird files and pages on there that I don't even remember creating! Maybe my website started spontaneously generating it's own content. My new design is much cleaner and hopefully easier to navigate.
Zeppelin was born at my Grandma's house. My mom adopted him and he lived with her for awhile. When he was about 9 or 10 years old he came to live with me. Yesterday I had to put my loyal cat friend to sleep because of renal failure, he was 16 1/2 years old. I miss him terribly.
I've wanted a workbench that I could stand at for a while now. It was killing my back stooping over my table to work on my block prints. The problem was I couldn't afford anything, until I got the bright idea to use cinder blocks under the legs of my old table! For a mere $7.00 I finally have my workbench. Why didn't I think of this sooner?
Since I've moved to Capitola I have a weird compulsion to gather interesting objects during my morning beach walks. Today I found a broken sand dollar, a crab shell thingy, some kind of vertebra, a neat clam shell and a group of three shells fused together. I will add them to my collection.
I just finished watching Corpse Bride. I loved the highly stylized characters and the gothic look of the sets. I've always loved stop motion animation. The United Airlines commercial, Dragon, really inspired me. The use of cut paper figures is amazing!
Creating block prints and working with digital artwork takes a lot of precision. It can get frustrating so I decided to set up a little corner of my studio to work on some abstract paintings. There's nothing quite like flinging some paint around and letting it tell me where to put the next stroke of color. I painted this four paneled piece today.