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Framing

I am currently working at getting ready for a show, so, needless to say, I am doing some framing. This is not something that you necessarily think about when deciding work as a printmaker, but it is an important part of the process. It is a funny thing, actually: a good frame job is invisible. Done properly, no one ever [...]

Problems

Every now an then, every artist runs into problems (or at least every artist who is looking at their work with a critical eye). They may be technical problems. They may be composition problems. They may be color problems. They may be all of these. The question is, how do we deal with them? Do we let them defeat us [...]

What it takes

I got to thinking today about what it takes to be successful as an artist. Of course, everyone defines success in their own way, but for me it implies a certain degree of recognition beyond friends and family. Perhaps beyond my own region. It also implies that the 'income' is greater than the 'outgo' (at least the art supplies outgo). [...]

Finding Inspiration

While every artist struggles once in a while to find inspiration, I currently have a sizable backlog of ideas. I reached this state of artistic nirvana as a result of a thought exercise that I did a little more than two years ago. I was producing work that people found engaging fairly consistently, but I found that people were reading [...]

How much wood can a wood cutter cut?

I am currently working on a new large scale woodcut. I spent the day today cutting the second of three plates (second in the print order, that is). I wish I could say it was peaceful. Some of these large plates are cut in cabinet grade hardwood plywood. I cut these with a variety of gouges and skew chisels. Today, [...]

What’s in a Name?

Sometimes, coming up with a good title for a new print can be a challenge. While not every artist does it, I always make it a point to title my work. At one point I struggled to come up with titles. People who looked at my work would see machines, or buildings, or factories, or any number of other things. [...]

Decisions, Decisions

When you get right down to it, being an artist is about seeing and about deciding. A work of art becomes interesting when it helps us see something about the world in a new way. Thus an artist must be a keen observer. They must be able to see shapes, values, colors, movement and textures. Sometimes this is in the [...]

The Artist’s Life

Ahh, the Artist's life... I spent almost all day today reconditioning a leather roller that has been stored for far too long. A little over a year ago, I purchased a litho press (for printing lithographs) from another artist here in the area. It came with this roller. As I am getting ready to initiate a new litho, I needed [...]