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Patterns of Work

One of the challenges I face as an artist (and I suspect I am not alone in this) is producing new work on a consistent basis.  I do, but no matter how much, I know I should be producing more.  There are so many things that get in the way: paperwork, marketing, framing, cleaning (not enough of this), etc.  Still, [...]

Eyes Wide Open

I am often asked how I get my inspiration. The answer is actually pretty simple. I always have my eyes open. I have talked before about art for me being about seeing and deciding. Another way of saying this is that my art begins with acute observation. This occurs on two levels. It starts on the macro scale, and for [...]

Chop, chop!

Printmaking has long tradition of collaborative art.   When making an original print, there are two distinct roles: artist and printer.  For many printmakers these two roles are combined.  The artist is also the printer.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  High quality printing requires a lot of skill and often a significant investment in space and equipment. [...]

Looking in the mirror

I received (as usual) a number of art books as gifts from my family over the holiday.  They included exhibition catalogs, writings on the process of art, surveys of contemporary work and interviews with artists about their space and process. I have also had the chance to watch (or watch again) several episodes of the PBS series Art21, which looks [...]

Decorative vs ?

When I was in art school, the most dismissive thing that could be said during a critique was that the work was 'decorative'.  No one ever really explained exactly what this meant, but it was clear that this 'decorative art', no matter how well executed, was always going to be a lesser art, subservient somehow to the real thing.'Real Art', [...]

The Collaborative Art

I work alone most days. This is not really by choice, so much as by circumstance. Unlike many printmakers, I am fortunate enough to have my own studio. This has some distinct advantages (things stay pretty clean and if they don't I have no one to blame but myself) but there are also some drawbacks. When I was in art [...]

Trying to scratch the unreachable itch

I think I can honestly say that I have never created a work that I am completely satisfied with. Or at least that I stay completely satisfied with. Why is that? Sometimes the discontent is technical. The registration isn't perfect. There is a hint of a lap mark in that one color field. Or the paper is a little stretched [...]

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, [...]