Tuesday, April 27, 2010
New Print/Register this Saturday for Summer Classes
I finally finished the edition for the print exchange. Shipped them off today. I have never done so much pre-printing before and feel I learned a lot about getting to the image in my head. It surprised me a little, how hard it was, but I am really glad it worked out the way it did. This is my 12th print exchange. I accept invitations to be in them, or ask to be in them, because of who the organizer is - someone I respect or would like to work with; or because of the subject matter. I consider how much time I have to create a piece...because I can't just knock off a simple print. Four or five color linocuts are more the norm. I have committed to another PE due in November, Your Days Are Numbered, and I already know what my image will be and that it will be a reduction linocut.
This piece would not have been completed so easily on time without the assistance of my friend, Diana Hartley. It would have taken me 3 times longer without her help.
OTHER BLOGS I LOVE
I haven't quite mastered the blog world and how to set stuff up exactly as I would like - yet. But there is a blog I hold up as my model. Sherrie York is a very talented Colorado printmaker who does amazing drawings from nature. She writes so well, interesting mixes of "this is the print I am working on" and "this is happening in my life" and general philosophy or instruction. I have never met her but feel like she's living an honorable life and her blogging about it inspires me. Here is a link to it, called Brush and Baren.
Another blog I love is written by Sharon Anderson, a San Francisco artist who has branched out from painting to art management services. Her blog, Create Your Time, has a Friday feature she recently started where she asks working artists how they make time to actually create art. The first artist is my favorite, my sister Nancy Willis. Here is a link to her Time to Create feature in Create Your Time.
SUMMER PRINTMAKING CLASSES AT THE PHOENIX CENTER
I am teaching my first solo classes at the Phoenix Center for the Arts this summer. Registration opens Saturday May 1st at 10:30 am. Here is link the online registration page. Put in May 1, 2010 and 31 Dec 2010 in the date range and use the keyword Printmaking. You will see the details for my 6 week Solarplate Etching class which starts 7/13 and my 8 week Reduction Linocut class which starts 6/30.