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More stitching

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My daughter chose Latin as her language  in high school and loves it. In fact, I rarely hear anyone who regrets having studied Latin. My daughter’s favorite thing is when she makes puns, or finds funny phrases (or reads all of the graffiti that they found in Pompeii). We’ve decided that this phrase* is now our family motto.

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* always wear underwear

A Commission Finished

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It is always so flattering to be asked by someone to create a piece. This commission was especially fun because I love Dorothy Parker and I love stitching these little sayings.  I plowed through it with Netflix’s “The Killing” playing in the background.  The best part though is that the piece is for another artist so we did a trade!

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If you are interested in a commission please let me know, I’m always interested. And if you are another artist, perhaps we can trade pieces!

Sketching

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I’m still working in my little sketchbook everyday, following along with the Year of Creative Habits. I’m not as diligent as I’d like to be but my excuse, and I do have one, is that we are still getting settled in our new home. One of the fun things about unpacking boxes are the treasures that you find. I have found a few of my old sketchbooks. What I love is that when I first started printmaking my sketches were really detailed, with notes telling me which sketch belonged to which layer, the techniques to be used and so on. I’ve not worked like that for awhile and it makes me feel like I’ve lost something.  I need to get it back.

Trying something new and a little printmaking

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This week I went to the Dick Blick location in Venice Beach. it’s a really nice store with the usual assortment of art supplies that I simply can’t live without.

DSCN2571Surprisingly I managed to walk away with only one item, a clear carving block for printmaking. The Richeson Clear Carve Linoleum professes to carve like butter and because it is clear you can simply place it over the picture you are carving.

To be honest, I found it the same difficulty to carve as regular linoleum which is to say, it does take effort to move through and you have to be careful turning the block as you carve to ensure you are always carving away from yourself.  As for simply placing it over the picture you are carving, the depth of the block makes it difficult to ensure that you are always following the lines. You have to tape the block to the paper you are working on to ensure that it stays in place. I really think that if you are looking for something that really does carve like butter, you are much better off sticking with speedy carve blocks in pink or white.

DSCN2572Since I was set on carving the beetle I decided to get out a woodblock and my woodcarving tools. I won’t be able to print this until we are finally settled in our new house, but it is always fun to have a block to carve. The shina plywood I use carves as easily as the clear carve, although I think it might be time to think about having my tools sharpened.

If you have any questions about printmaking in general, or the products I use in particular, please ask them in the comments! I’m happy to help and if I can’t help you I have a few friends I can ask.

El Segundo Museum of Art

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Last Sunday we unexpectedly came upon an open house at the El Segundo Museum of Art, parking right in front. The open house was in celebration of the current show, “Scratch”, which is all about graffiti and the artists creating it.

From the web site, here is a description of the show:

 

In 2013 more than 150 of LA’s leading graffiti artists responded to a 16th century manuscript from the vaults of the Getty Research Institute called a liber amicorum (book of friends) by contributing works on paper to be bound into a single book and created the Getty Graffiti Black Book. Street artists have used black books for decades to create a visual memory of drafts and to serve as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas. The extraordinary competition that occasionally arises among such artists can also lead to respect as rivals invite each other to “hit” their black books with original works. The contributing artists decided to give the Getty Black Book the title, LA Liber Amicorum, to capture the spirit of its transformation of rival ‘writing-crews’ into a Los Angeles Book of Friends.

Now, ESMoA and the Getty Research Institute have invited Getty Black Book artists Axis, Cre8, Defer, Eyeone, Fishe, and Miner to co-curate those crews of creative friends from the LA graffiti art community and turn the art laboratory of ESMoA into an open black book. Graffiti and tattoo artists will transform the space into a cathedral of urban art for the first presentation of the LA Liber Amicorum to the public with SCRATCH.

 

The show is absolutely fantastic, playing off the vaulted ceilings, making you feel like you have walked into a church cathedral, albeit, covered in graffiti. I’m excited to know that such contemporary art is going to be featured at our soon to be local museum.