Gardenias are incredibly beautiful, delicate and fragrant flowers. We have three large plants in separate pots on our patio. They flowered beyond our wildest dreams this year–we were completely overwhelmed with white blossoms and their heady perfume. Of course, I’ve been photographing them a lot–but this spring I was so taken with them that I simply had to use them as subject matter for some drawings and prints.
Most people know I can’t do things halfway (yes–I am just a little obsessive)–and right now I’ve got 5 new print editions based on my gardenia photos and drawings. There will be a few more print editions and maybe even a painting or two. Here is a look at a small portion of the work I’ve been making. There are dozens more computer-generated ideas, color studies and patterns.
And now for the prints…they are based on the first simple line drawing of the gardenia above. Future prints will be based on the second drawing with the two different stripe widths. The 5 editions (below) were all printed by Brent Bond of Santo Press this past month. Brent selected the colors for Gardenia Riot Pulse and all I can say is WOW!
I have finally completed my variable edition of 10 hand-painted prints and am very pleased with the results. Here is the suite of 10 Mandala 2 Leaf prints which may be seen individually here. They are actually on white paper (one mandala per printed sheet), but I thought it would be interesting to see them all together on a black background.
Leaf Mandala–the 5-color reduction print was finally completed a couple of weeks ago at Santo Press. Master printer Brent Bond did a truly phenomenal job on this print and though it took longer than I anticipated, it was worth waiting for. Leaf Mandala is comprised of a laser-engraved key block (the black lines) with 2 hand-cut linoleum blocks for the 4 colors printed in reduction. The resulting image appears to be 6 colors because of overlapping color areas. It is exactly as I envisioned it would be, so I couldn’t be happier.
Leaf Mandala (color); 2019; 5-color laser-engraved and hand cut multi-block linocut; 16 inch diameter on 23 x 22 inch paper; edition of 10; $650.00.
Leaf Mandala (color) detail; 2019; 5-color laser-engraved and hand cut multi-block linocut; 16 inch diameter on 23 x 22 inch paper; edition of 10.
In case you are interested, here is what the colors looked like prior to printing the key block. This is a working registration sample, and was not one of the finished prints.
There is also an edition (of 5) in black ink:Leaf Mandala; 2019; laser engraved linocut; edition of 5; 16 inch diameter on 23 x 22 inch paper; $400.00
And don’t forget, there are many iterations of this print that are hand-painted with watercolors. You can see 5 of them all right here but this one is my favorite–so far, that is. I’ve got 5 more to paint!
Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 5; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018; $750.00
I have completed 7 mandala drawings (2 of them this past month of January 2019) and wanted to feature them all in a blog post. Each one is drawn with a mechanical pencil on Stonehenge paper, 22.5 x 22 inches. Five of the Mandala drawings (numbers 1 through 5) are currently on exhibit in my solo show “Patterns of Obsession” at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum through April 14th.