Monday, August 4, 2008

Block Printing

I bought myself a small present awhile back. A Blick Econo Etch Model II printing press. I’m starting small, but I’ve made some interesting linoleum cuts this year. I need to make the time to create some more. I’ve sold about 2 dozen prints so far, so the press has paid for itself already. I'm saving up for a press like Picasso had. I saw it in his home (now museum) in Paris. It was beautifully ornate and looked to be about 24 inches wide with a 6 foot table. The closest I can find like it for sale these days is this: I'll have to keep looking for a better example.

Here are some of my favorite blocks that I’ve done this last year.

The New Couple. 5x7, 2007

Contemplative Angel. 11x14, 2007.

Pincher Series I. Six 5x7 prints, 2007.


I started putting myself in my art as far back as 7 years old. I did a small oil painting of me sitting on a park bench, Jesus sitting on a red rainbow and God hidden in the universe beyond.
I have a portrait from almost every year since. Some are more intentional than others. Here are a few.

I intend to organize them all in one place someday. They’d make for an interesting display if I had any more wall space to hang them. You can tell I love trying different art forms. I’ve created my likeness in oil, collage, charcoal, photographs, paint-by-number, clay and digital art.

Robots Robots and more Robots

The buzz is big about ROBOTS. I’ve wanted to create a series of robots doing things that you wouldn’t think they’d be trying or doing. I did a series earlier this year, before the WALL-E craze, of robots “discovering” butterflies. They turned out cuter than I had intended, but that’s what you get when working with butterflies.

Robot Meeting Butterfly I, II, III, IV, 11x14 Acrylic on canvas. I sold this set in August 2008.

Handmade Collage Greeting Cards

I’ve been creating and selling collage greeting cards for the last 5 years now. I’ve been selling them fairly regular at a coffee shop in downtown Denver called Curious Coffee. Well, last week, I was asked if I wanted to sell in a bookstore in Golden, CO. Not like I’m trying to get ready for an art show coming up in September or anything, but I committed to 50 cards the first week of August. I have about 25 done so far. I never pressure myself.

Here are a few examples.