Back in March of 2015 I posted some Illustrator art work that I created using a photograph, the blob tool, the eraser tool and the pen tool to create an image of someone by using font and shapes. Since then I have completed two more and decided to post them. One is of my nephew Sean and the other is of my granddaughter Brooklyn. Hope you enjoy!
In the late 1960’s my ever creative father decided he wanted to design and carve a wood block print as our family Christmas card. He did this for about 3 or 4 years in a row. One of his designs was a paisley with the word Christmas Is Love carved inside. It was a two color ink print on colored construction paper. Rather than carving out part of the design, printing one color and then carving out the rest of the design and printing as you would in a reductive block print, he carved two separate blocks for each color. I wish I had an example of his finished product but fortunately my sister reprised his design for her Christmas card in 2010. Using dad’s wood block carvings, she printed pink and turquoise inks on white paper for the retro look shown below. I seem to remember dad using all different colors of papers and inks.
Recently inspired by my sisters card I’ve taken up lino cut printmaking and decided to do a Christmas card of my own this year. In the photos below I have drawn the design on the linoleum, carved it and printed it in Phthalo Blue relief ink. I sent out roughly 50 hand pressed cards.
It was quite a bit of work but the best feedback and gift I received as a result is that my Aunt told me that my Uncle, who has Alzheimer’s like my father did, holds the card everyday and stares at it.
While I wasn’t overly productive this summer with my art work I did get this 9×12 linocut done of a Flamenco dancer. Her name is Sultana. I printed her in both red and black ink. The red was a printing of 7 and the black was a printing of 5. I have 3 of each color left. They sell for $50.00 unframed.
Today I’m posting 3 examples of my linocut prints (carved out of linoleum sheets). The blue paisley and the black dogwood are each printed in just a single color. This type of print can be printed in multiple editions using a different color ink each time. The ink is rolled onto the lino by hand and put through a hand turned press. For the Honey Festival prints the dogwood was printed only in black and the paisley in phthalo blue and also in black. These prints are priced at $40.00 each.
The California print is a 3 color reductive print. With a color reduction print, multiple colors are printed from the same block. The lino block is covered initially in the lightest color, either uncut or with only a few cut lines, and printed on the paper. The block is then cut into again, and a second color is used. (Which means that in some areas, the previously printed color still shows up on the paper.) This process is repeated for each color. The number of prints you get out of this type of process is only the initial number you print. They are truly limited edition. Once you have carved away the areas you can not go back and print that color.
Additionally, each time you print a color you have to try to align the paper exactly in line with the previous color. This is called registration. I currently have 7 prints left of the perfectly registered California print for $125.00 each and 9 prints where the colors are slightly out of alignment for $100.00 each. I also have 9 accurately registered California prints in just yellow and black (not pictured) and they are priced at $75.00 each.
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth at the California Honey Festival on May 5, 2018. And an extra big thank you to all who bought art from the 3 sisters represented in the booth. These pictures snapped with my cellphone aren’t the best but I wanted to post something sooner than later to let everyone know I plan to update my blog in the next day or two with photos of items I will continue to sell on-line at an Esty store very soon. I do have some of the California rooster/sunflower posters left and also t-shirts in all 3 colors and currently all sizes (small through extra large). My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
What a great, fun day in Woodland. Thank you for coming out and supporting the Festival and the vendors.
A couple of years ago I was creating my photography and art blog for my Trends In Technology class and I wanted to include works from other artists that I know. I asked my brother Ted Simpson if I could post some of his pencil drawings. He consented but the problem was I didn’t have any recent work. In fact, all I had was work he had done from 20 plus years ago. So I challenged him to get back to the drawing board. The drawings he has created since that challenge are nothing short of amazing. Postings here are of some recognizable celebrities and two drawings of his beautiful friend Sarah. Challenge met Simpsonian (my nickname for him). I suspect next I will be posting some of his photography soon, right Ted?