UNDINE

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Undine premiered November 14, 2015 at the “WONDER” art exhibit held by OneLife East in Evansville, IN as a 16×20 canvas and will be on display there until January.

I’ve got her up on Society6 and Redbubble now as a print, all-over shirt, and other stuff.

Hope you enjoy her as much as I enjoyed making her!

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Bait, or the Keyfish!

See that little black fish blockprint on the right? That’s the real-world form of these little guys:

a cute playful fish with a keyhole in its belly is enticed by a key on a hook

As you can see, he’s pretty cute in color too, huh? I’ve intended to use COPIC markers to add color to a few of my “Bait” block prints before now, but haven’t done so. Perhaps in time for the art crawl!

Incidentally, my “keyfish” idea started out with a simple photomanipulation of three objects in my house, a soapstone fish and two pendants from a broken necklace, a big key and a heart-shaped lock. I photographed everything and combined the keyhole with the fish, and history was made. I like this little fella and intend to make some sort of more developed digital artwork out of him!

a cute cheerful soapstone fish with a keyhole in its belly is enticed by a key on a fishhook.

Phosphate, a lost (or rather, sold!) piece

brightly colored fish cut from paper, swimming in a phosphate polluted pond

Back in the days before I had an easier-to-use phone camera, the occasional odd work of traditional art would slip by me without getting fully documented. Such is the case with Phosphate, a piece I was actually quite proud of. I made it as a challenge to myself for last year’s Earth Day Art Crawl.

That year, the inaugural year of the art crawl, we participating artists were challenged to make art which was either environmentally themed, made from recycled materials, or both. I responded by making a phosphate-polluted pond with lovely koi-like fish below the scummy surface, digging out some neglected mod podge and a frame from an old piece of art. Little did I know that mod podge would soon become a frequent element in my traditional art pieces! At the time I just wanted a good way to seal up the old frame and effectively represent the uneven surface of a pond. Here are the progress shots I did manage to get of the piece:

You can see something of the finished piece in the last image, but alas! It is partially covered up by the next pieces I was working on, my “Fleurs du Mal” collage series. I was in something of a rush and I barely finished Phosphate before it was time to run it over to the gallery. Comforting myself that I would be able to document it once the show came down, my hopes were dashed when I discovered it had sold. (Certainly a piece of art being sold is something of a nice consolation prize though.)

I hope you’re happy with your new owner, Phosphate!

Fanciest workspace of all time

A couple of months back, I got back into linoleum block printing again after an absence of more than a decade to participate in Hand Prints.  I started with five different designs: Eurydice, Daedalus, Tentacle Raccoon, Bait, and Angel Rex.   They were easy enough to create digitally (my current primary method of making art), but things changed once I faced the task of carving them, inking them, and getting them onto paper.  It was quite the logistic challenge to figure out where in heck to do the printing and what I needed to do to make each piece come out all right.  I took some photos of my workspace during the process.


I’ll post images of the actual carving process next time around!