Sunday, November 29, 2009

Grand Opening Friday and Saturday!

It is finally here!  This Friday and Saturday ANOTHER GALLERY celebrates its Grand Opening.  Doors open at 5 pm Friday, till 9 pm and Saturday morning at 10 am to 6 pm.  I hope to see you there!

3806 N. 3RD STREET

Is progress really being made?  I found this link on a tweet from Jerry's Artarama.  It is an article by Phoebe Hoban for ArtNews Magazine about museums in New York, Paris and LA acquiring/exhibiting the work of female artists.


Steve and I spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home.  It is nice not to have to travel nor deal preparation for such a huge meal.  We had a lovely dinner at the Pointe in Time just down the street.  Then we cuddled with the doggies and watched The Proposal (with Sandra Bullock). 

The doggies have taken to sharing a precarious perch on top of a plastic file tub where they can see out the window and be the closest to me without sitting on my desk.  I think they are part cat.  They are on top of my What I Am Thankful For List.  With second being my sister spending Thanksgiving with Dad in Cincinnati; followed by finishing the two linocuts and getting Looker off to Reno before the deadline. Just to name a few. 

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Final Color for 2 Reduction Linocuts

It was finished this past week.  The final color is exactly what I wanted, a redish purple with some black in it.  (Photos are never as good as seeing it in person.)  It was achieved by printing alizaron crimson over the blue of the water.  It is nice to learn how layering inks affect the outcome.  You never know until you actually print it and with this one I was very happy with the results.  I want to thank Susan Marquez and her daughter Lily for being my muses for this print. 
What a challenge this print turned out to be.  On Wednesday I etched a 12 x 18 photopolymer plate (Solarplate) with 3 rows of the windows I wanted to collage above the linocut as my final image.  I also experimented with what color to do as my final color and the color of the windows.
Thursday I printed the etching 9 times.  And yesterday, for 8 hours Diana Hartley assisted me in collaging and printing the final step.  Diana tore down the individual rows and applied 3M spray adhesive to the backs while I inked the plate to print.

This project, the Naughty, Taboo, Just Plain Wrong print exchange, was a lesson in letting go of perfection.  In the end I love my print and am proud of how it turned out.  HUGE thanks to Diana for her amiable assistance throughout.

I've named the print, Looker,  meant to reflect not just the beauty of the swimmer but also about how your view of nudity can depend on where you stand, through which window you see it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Reduction Lino Color 4


I loved the reveal of this color.  It really puts them in the water, suspended.  I printed this on Thursday and plan to finish it with the final color tomorrow.  When I started I thought it would be 6 colors but have since determined 5 will do. 


Today I printed Color 4 on NTJPW.  As easy as UTR was Thursday,  this one was difficult.  I couldn't seem to do anything right and I couldn't figure out why my mistakes happened.  I finally let go of the need to be perfect.  It is what it is and for most people, it's pretty darn good.  I like that I am still learning these lessons.  I want to do even larger linocuts and see that I will have my work cut out for me.  One more color and collage element and done... next week!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reduction Lino Color 3

I finished color 3 on the Under the Radar print Monday.  I think you catch the drift of the image now.  This print will always remind me of that summer day spent in the pool with Susan and Lilly.  I was very interested in the mother/daughter dynamic and hoped for images that demonstrated that connection.  I got lots of material and had so much fun just being in the water with those two.  Two more colors to go.

Tonight I finished color 3 on the Naughty, Taboo, Just Plain Wrong print.  The concept for this print took me a long time to develop.  I loved the subject of the Print Exchange.  Maybe that was why it took me so long to decide on my image.  I have two more colors to print and a solarplate to etch, print and collage onto this print.  And it needs to be in Reno by December 1st.  I have two fans on the prints now, hoping they will dry in 3 days.  Cross your fingers for me.  I haven't missed a deadline yet.  But I'm cutting it close with this one.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Reduction Lino Print Color 2

I printed the second color of UTR before I left for Flagstaff. There is one more skin color, which is next. It will be dark and then lighter on color 4 - counter-intuitive but I am interested to see how it works.

I didn't get the second color of Naughty, Taboo printed until
today. I am printing 30 for an edition of 20. I goofed already on the first two today. Totally forgot what I was doing and didn't tape off the top for the etching. After that I kind of got my groove going.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day Two in Flagstaff

Before the first serious snow fall, Flagstaff showed us two lovely fall days, blue skies, and - media attention!?! Over Leroux Burgers at Charley's we discovered my monotype "Antidote" full paged in Flagstaff Live, the local paper's weekly entertainment guide! (One of Marlys' prints was pictured on the next page.) Nice!

After hanging the rest of the show Friday morning, Marlys and I met Julie Williams at the NAU Art Museum where we took in Joe Segura's "Right to Print" exhibition of fabulous prints from his studio's collection.

We then met with George Speer, the Museum Director, to present him with an edition of the Arizona Print Group "Passport Required"Print Exchange which contains a print by each of the group's 25 members. George was charming and animated with wonderful plans for the development and improvement of the Art Museum.

After our meeting, Marlys and I got to hang with our two favorite Flagstaff printmakers Julie and her husband David Williams (NAU professor of printmaking) before heading off for our First Friday opening. Special thanks to David for his assistance in getting the Print Exchange accepted by NAU. It was also great meeting their puppy, June. She is darling and already better mannered than my two.

Reception at Wil McNabb Jewelry Studio

Wil McNabb and Sue Alpern are extraordinary jewelry designers, repairers and retailers and the best hosts for artists each month. They throw a lovely reception on First Fridays. Marlys and I enjoyed the warmth of their friends, customers, residents of Flagstaff and visitors from Phoenix to the Netherlands. Thank you Wil and Sue for another fun opening and giving our art such a lovely place to hang for a month!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Flagstaff Reception Friday Nov 6th

Wil McNabb Jewelry Studio, 18 N. Leroux Street in Flagstaff is the site of the two-person exhibition of hand-pulled prints by Marlys Kubicek and Wendy Willis. Marlys' hand-colored, photopolymer etchings of nudes are shown with swimmer monotypes and reduction linocuts by Wendy. Artists' reception Friday, 6-9 pm. Prints will be on view throughout November.

We hung most of the show tonight. Sue Alpern is a pro at placing and hanging the work. We celebrated with a great dinner at Mountain Oasis. The leaves up here have turned already but the 60 degree temps feel good after the last surge into the 90s in Phoenix. If anyone is looking for a cool getaway, come on up to Flagstaff and take in a few new works of art!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Grand Opening: Another Gallery

I am very happy to announce that I am joining a brand new gallery in downtown Phoenix! Larry Forsythe and Lesa Mahoney are the proprietors. Opening night will be First Friday in December. Please come by and check out the new digs:

3806 North Third Street Phoenix, AZ

Friday, December 4th from 5 til 9 pm
(wine, beer and appetizers provided) and
Saturday, December 5th from 10 am til 6 pm
(mimosas, bloody marys and pastries provided)

Artists Represented Include:
Michael Anderson
Gregory West
Mark McDowell
Scott Stovall
Kimberly Harris
Wendy Willis

The gallery will be open 3 days a month: First Fridays 5-9 and the First and Third Saturdays 10-6