Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Back in the studio this morning, I printed the latest version of the drypoint I'm working on. I had worked on the plate this week by adding much more line work, clarifying some details, and scruffing up the background. Also, because the first state was such a light print, I knew I needed to tighten the pressure on my etching press. This state printed satisfactorily in that regard.
untitled drypoint on copper, state two
The image is developing a lot more personality and interesting line work. But I can tell I need to keep working on definition, volume issues, and the area of the pod above the stem of the abstracted paperwhite flower.
untitled drypoint on copper, state one
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
With a record count of 40, our family arrived from all over the U.S. to southeast Kansas for our annual Christmas celebration. The youngest in attendance was 5; the oldest was 91.
Some of us met first in Kansas City for a couple of days that included shopping and dinners out, seeing the movie, Invictus, attending a KU basketball game in Lawrence (those fans are AVID), and catching up with good friends who live there.
A view of the Plaza area of Kansas City.
One afternoon, Amy Uyeki, Rees Hughes, and I took a walk around the sculpture gardens surrounding the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art and the nearby Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
The fabulous Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art.
On the 23rd, Joe and I travelled south from Kansas City to Oswego on Highway 69. The incoming churning storm clouds hanging low over the grassland provided a great show:
On the 27th, we travelled the same route back to Kansas City to fly home. The storm had passed, leaving a thick layer of snow everywhere:
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Recently, I've been working on a new drypoint on copper - an image of an abstracted paperwhite flower. I've incised a "first draft" using a drypoint needle, roulette, scraper, burnisher, and some burins to create a variety of lines and textures. Also, I used an electric dremel in some areas, just to try it out since I've not used one before.Here is the plate with my first draft image, ready to ink for a proof.
Here, I'm applying oil based etching ink to the plate using a plastic spatula which is soft enough not to scratch the plate unintentionally while using it.
Now, I'm using a "stomp," made from tightly rolled felt, to work the ink into the incised lines.
Next, I use a pad of tarleton (a kind of netting) to wipe up the ink from the surface of the plate, leaving the ink in place in the incised lines.
The inked plate is ready to place on the bed of the etching press. Once in place on a piece of mylar prepared with registration marks, the plate will be covered with a dampened piece of archival paper. Over that, I'll place a protective sheet of newsprint and then three felts before rolling it under the wheel.
Here is my proof. It is not very interesting yet, but at least it is a beginning and will allow me to determine what to add to the image next.
Drypoint is lots of fun because you can use almost anything to scratch lines in the surface of copper, zinc, metal, or plexi-glass.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
It's pouring outside as I write. One of those beautiful, all-day rain storms we need and I love. Here is a view of our side yard, soaked and happy. Yesterday, I worked in my studio by the window with a view of the downpour. I'll get to do the same today.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Long time family friend, Nancy North, and her brother, Charlie, hosted a wonderful dinner last night for a group of eleven of us including Joe's Dad, Joe Sr., sister Laura and husband Bryon, their three girls, Nicole, Candice, and Brittney, Brittney's boy friend, Ernie, Joe and me. We ate quite a feast and had a lot of fun.
Nancy stirs the gravy to go with pot roast, potatoes, carrots, asparagus and a green salad.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
We are thrilled to have our very own Sunday morning Farmers Market a short walk down the street. Less than a month old, it has grown from two food booths the first week to many this morning as well as great crafts and plant booths, too. Today, during my first visit, I bought two Asian pears, some coleus for my planter, and the golden book, Mathematics, which was offered by a neighbor trying to downsize his vast collection. Just a few of the wondrously diverse offerings in our very own neck of the woods.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
While we are on the topic of Trader Joe's, I want to mention our artist friend, Jaye Whitworth, who is an inspired shopper there. She brought these great desserts for an outside patio dinner the other night. Both were a combination of various delicious finds from TJ's, decorated to great effect.
Cheesecake with cherries and paper umbrellas. Who could resist?