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Evolution of a linocut

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 30, 2017 by moon

I was approached a little over a month ago by a teacher who runs an a regional cultural arts program for developmentally disabled teenagers in rural Appalachia.  The teens wanted to make art projects using a Damask pattern they found but they don’t have the manual dexterity or muscle control to carve the blocks themselves and their teacher tried herself unsuccessfully several times before contacting me.

She sent me an image that the students wanted to use in various ways and I told her I would recreate a very similar version for them but of course it wouldn’t be identical.  She said they had a very limited budget but being very close to my heart I told her I would be more than happy to send them a block free of charge for the students to have fun with.  Here is the image and what I carved for them.   It’s a bit cruder and more hastily carved than I would do for my own art but that was done on purpose since the students will be printing this block over and over.  

 

After carving the block for the students I decided this was a fun design to work with but it needed to be more “LESLIE” so taking inspiration from the original Damask design I redrew it with the biggest change being an elk skull instead of a deer silhouette and of course my birds couldn’t just be sitting doing nothing on the antlers!  Of course the whole thing took on my take as well.  So now I hope the students in Appalachia are having fun with their linocut block and I’m having fun with mine!

Let’s get some SPRING up in here!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 24, 2017 by moon

After a LONG, wet, cold winter I am definately ready for Spring!  Since I can’t control the weather at least I can work on some new spring inspired linocuts.

Want to make a block print with me?  Upcoming classes:  artEAST (www.arteast.org) Print & Sip nights are Friday April 14, Friday May 12 and Friday June 9 6:30-9:30pm.    Kirkland Arts Center  Printmaking & Wine (www.kirklandartscenter.org)  Saturday April 8, 3-6pm     Pre-registration for all locations required as these classes often fill to capacity.

BIRDS!!!!

Posted in Printmaking, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 29, 2016 by moon

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Latest in my Dia de Los Muertos series

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , , , on June 27, 2016 by moon

Art Heals

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , , on January 18, 2016 by moon

It’s been quite an emotional week.

Waking up the other day to the news that David Bowie passed away I felt such sadness.   All these memories came flooding through my mind.   The first sculpture I ever had accepted into a juried exhibition was entitled “Lady Stardust”.  Yes, I dabbled in sculpture before becoming a printmaker.  My mom is a sculptor for those who do not know.  She worked in wood and stone from when I was a child until 2002 when a brain tumor left her deaf in one ear and with terrible tinnitus in the other ear.  She had to give up the pounding of working with stone and wood for ceramics.   She doesn’t like it as much but it still provides her the creative outlet that she needs and she’s really good at it too!

So throughout the week all these thoughts of loss and how we move on.  The entire world is mourning the loss of David Bowie.  Never even knowing he had been suffering for the last 18 months but clearly he still lived every single one of those days.  Creating, loving, living, being.

We all have loss.  We all have sadness and sometimes it is so unbelievably hard to choose to still live, love, be and create.

So, while it might seem trivial I just needed to carve a little goodbye piece to David Bowie yesterday and it helped me a little.  Art can heal.

***Once the linocut is dry I will be hand-tinting the bird blue***

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WELCOME 2016!!!!

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by moon

I can’t think of a better way to start my 2016 then printing up some of the linocuts I’ve been drawing and carving over the last few days!   I received a commission to do a block print of an adorable little French Bulldog, then did my piece for Seattle Print Arts Print Exchange and followed it up with a couple more in my Dia de los Muertos series!   Thank you again to all those who have supported and encouraged my art in 2015!

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FACE YOUR FEARS!!!!!

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , on April 21, 2015 by moon

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