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1967 Swirl

Today I completed a new painting 1967 Swirl that will also be made into a relief print by Brent Bond at Santo Press. The painting is a combination of two patterns that meld The Sixties series with my Swirls series.

The idea was haphazardly generated in my sketchbook when I collaged both patterns on one page. I really liked how it worked and after mulling it over, decided to push it further.

I wanted the pattern to be a very “clean” image (unlike the above collage) knowing that I wanted to make a laser-cut relief print out of it. So, I bit the bullet, and made as precise an ink rendering as I could manage of a one-quarter section of the pattern.

The above ink drawing was then scanned and mirrored in Photoshop.

And then I painted it…


The finished acrylic gouache painting is 15.75 x 20 inches (on paper 18.5 x 22.5 inches).

Look for the print (which will be smaller) to be released in a month or so.

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The Suite Sixties: Side by Side

I wanted to post these paintings in a horizontal banner to show how they relate to one another–how the designs are related and yet completely different. The Suite Sixties–side by side.

1965, 1966, 1967; acrylic gouache on paper; image size 32 x 32 inches.

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Finished!

The final painting in The Sixties series is finished! Here is 1965.

1965; acrylic gouache on paper, 32 x 32 inches, 2018.

You may see all three (1965, 1966 and 1967) in my portfolio.

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Trying to Stay Centered

This has been a nerve-racking experience for sure! Have you ever attempted hand-painting (pristine B&W line) prints with watercolors? One tiny drip or blob on the pure white border and it’s ruined. Yikes! I almost needed to hold my breath while painting these three prints and was constantly talking to myself to stay calm and centered on the task. I’ve 2 more to go for a variable edition of 5 and I sure do hope I can complete 5 without a mistake or a heart attack. If not, it will be a variable edition of 4 (or 3).  I think I need a drink–it’s been all kinds of stressful for me today.

This is my starting point–the prints began as simply a one-color (black) laser-cut linocut on Rives BFK. (Printed at Santo Press by Brent Bond.)

 

And three (of five?) I’ve painted thus far.

Feather Flower #1; 2017, variable edition with hand-painting, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 15″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper 23″ x 22.5″.  Printed at Santo Press.

 

Feather Flower #2; 2017, variable edition with hand-painting, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 15″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper 23″ x 22.5″.  Printed at Santo Press.

 

Feather Flower #3; 2017, variable edition with hand-painting, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 15″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper 23″ x 22.5″.  Printed at Santo Press.

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