Here is another example of both of our works together that wil be used for upcoming publicity for the Pottery Trail
Here are more pieces from the “Blockhead” series. A particular type of development is happening, mentioned in the last posting: taller pieces, all black and white, more eccentric shapes, and more variety in body types, more variety in line quality.
As promised, here are some images from our most recent photograph session with John Polak:
Fran and I had some new work photographed by John Polak yesterday. As always it was a great experience - chatting about news, the summer etc. but also being able to see our work through the eyes of a professional. I will be adding photos little by little on this site, spreading out the images.
I chose to have the Blockhead ceramics photographed. Fran had a new plate photographed. Some of the photos were intended for the upcoming publicity associated with the Pottery Trail. We usually have two of our pieces positioned next to each other either in real space or a cut and paste in a horizontal and vertical format.
One of the images was our traditional “two cups” shot in which two of our cups are juxtaposed as an example of what happens in the studio. I was surprised at how well this worked. We usually use this image for our own sales and publicity.
This is the next layer of the linocut. I think that I will add one more color to this, either yellow, red or orange....we'll see. I think that color will be the last layer.
This is the third layer of my new blockheads linocut
Here is another Blockheads print in progress. Only two colors have been printed. There may be as many as three more. It also is 12” x 16”. I continue to use Caligo inks and am happy with the results but they take forever to dry.Read More
NEW PORCELAIN PEDIMENT
This is the third Linocut in the Blockheads series. It is crisper and cleaner than the others in the series. I am getting better at registration. The color scheme here also is a little more nuanced. There are five separate colors. I cut a block for a fifth color but it seemed like too much information. The print is 12" x 16" on Masa paper. I'm not certain how large the edition will be - I have to look at them all carefully - but it will probably be at least 10 prints.
I have been working on two pieces for a while, a waste block linoleum cut ( the next in the blockheads series) and another "Studies" of imaginary vases linocut.
The reduction linocut, Blockheads, is very close to finished. I just cut the block for the last color. I have been waiting for the ink to dry between each printing and the drying has taken longer than expected. The last Blockheads linocut still remained tacky for a while even after it had been completed for at least a week. This type of slow progress is very different from the more immediate results that comes from monoprints. I know I do not like the lack of production but I have enjoyed learning in the waste block process - my technical skills are growing with each new print.
The other print I am working on is a one-color vase study and it is almost completed. The images included in this blog are definitely works in progress. I shot this image early in the morning with the block covered with tools and crumbs. This print should be completed soon.
One interesting technical observation is that the two linoleums are from different companies. One is harder, the other softer to cut. I'm still thinking about the advantages of one verses the other. The blockheads are on an inch high block that most easily works with the letter press at Zea MAys where I print them. The thinner block is printed at home the old-fashioned rubbing by hand method that seems to be more reliable than using a studio press. The mounted blocks are expensive but easier to print multi colors. The unmounted blocks are more difficult to register for more than one color.
This is a large vase and flower study, pen and ink on paper. 40 images on 36" x 22" paper.
This is a mixed media "Vessel Studies" drawing. It has a number of layers using inks and acrylics.
We both were juried into the "Fifth Annual Juried Show" sponsored by our local Amherst gallery, Gallery A3. Frank submitted one of his new Blockhead linocuts and Francine submitted a new, "Birds at Sea with Laundry" plate.
The opening is this coming Thursday, June 7th, 5-8 pm.