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The Alchemists by Deshaies

3/18/12

After Deshaies
This is the print I was pulling off the plate in the Blog entry just down the line.  I love this look!!!  The cream Rives BFK paper is perfect and the chine colle peachy papers look totally incorporated in the work. 

 I have gone on to use this type of marking to make a plate with my rock cairns.  Now we're talking my work and I really love it!!  That's what you'll see next...Spirit Cairns....9" by 12" plate done in dry point with beautiful French Cream Black on cream paper....white paper with watercolor, and...an acrylic background like the Cairn Shadow paintings.

Next??? inspiration from the museum visit.  Keep checking in!

 


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Getting ready....

3/18/12

new display panels
It's a challenge to make a garage studio look like an art gallery, but Russ Riddle and I did just that last year for the CAA Studio Tour.  His working studio is his huge garage so this year my plan is to hang some of my work on grids..some on pro panels and some on these new panels John just finsihed for me.  They are made from hollow core 36" doors and they look awesome!! Thank you John!

The key to a successful tour is starting early and working hard.  I've been printing up a storm but only have a few prints that qualify for what I would consider selling on the tour.  New ideas have been bubbling up ...it is always great to go to a museum and get inspiration.  The Gauguin exhibit in Seattle was wonderful, but what caught my eye for printmaking were the African masks!!! I'm going to be very busy with my dry point etching needle!

 


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Sale to Cascade Valley Hospital!!!

3/10/12

Temptress, Pomona & Glamour
It's a rainy but happy day here on Camano Island as this is the first sale of 2012!! These three paintings have been in the process of being sold since November..they knew they liked them, that they fit in with the colors and decor but now..they have offered up the money...so I am a happy camper.  

Temptress was my favorite new baby for the last CAA Studio Tour..May of 2011.  Her glass piece is amazing especially when the light hits it jusst..right. I'm hoping it will be hung to allow that to happen.  The opening celebration for the new cliinc is March 22nd.  I'll go check it out!! These three really look great together...I am very pleased!!

 


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Intaglio success.......

3/7/12

YES
Pulling a print is like opening that special gift at Christmas...when it turns out as planned.

I should know how the print is going to turn out; however....I am usually surprised and not always in a good way. Today the printmaking goddess was looking out for me and all three prints I worked on turned out!! This one was the most exciting as I added chine colle and a la puppe elements to the design.  That is....I collaged Japanese papers between the printing paper and the ink plate....light peachy color circles. Then the puppe thingy is added colored inks after the black is carded on and taken off in some spots ....I used  cotton swabs to add in some soft blues and greens.  This is one that will be turned in for my final on the 19th.

This is so much fun!! I now know enough cool techniques to just come in to the lab and play! And that is just what I get to do for the next week and a half as my required work is done....and I love it!!

 


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exploration and discovery of your creative energy is the best high ... and I see it in your face. I see a studio with a press in the future!
-- Antonia, 3/28/12

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