Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kepler with cyanotype

I finally did this. I used Lumi dye as the sun-sensitive ink. LOVE!

WPA is having a demo on Lumi dye + relief + screenprinting on Nov. 8. It's free. Here's a link to their Facebook page where you can get more details and RSVP.

I've been knee-deep in PrintAustin business, but plan to get into the studio to start a new plate this week. (Have you joined PrintAustin's Print Exchange yet? You may get a Kepler!)

Speaking of PrintAustin, the deadline to apply for their juried show is quickly approaching--Nov. 9. Sign up or get more info here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cranking it OUT!

I slapped Kepler on some hankies for PrintAustin's exchange using Speedball Fabric Block Printing Ink. It worked fine, though the ink "rolled" differently and it took a few Keplers to get the hang of it. I'm going to try sun sensitive Lumi ink next, putting in some celestial stuff in Kepler's background. Stay tuned for a full report on Lumi. I'm super excited to try it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hankies and Flags!

PrintAustin has an upcoming print exchange which was inspired by these flags, which were once part of an installation by Women & Their Work titled THIRST. They had 14,000 or something flags strung up around Townlake during the installation and at one point were selling the flags--possibly still are. 2 bucks a flag I think.... Anyway, I own some and they make me happy every time I walk inside my door.

Now, regarding PrintAustin's print exchange. You can find more info about it here with two other calls. The deadline is Dec.15 to enter and you don't need to turn in the prints until January, so you have time. Basically the prints are supposed to be on handkerchiefs so they can be displayed Tibetan prayer flag style. LOVE IT! I'm buying some of this ink this weekend so I can try printing a hankie with a linocut.

Luckily I'm in charge of PrintAustin's hankie inventory (insert evil laugh here) so I have plenty of test subjects.

Update on this Tree piece
I've posted on this thing a few times (suppressing yawn). Basically I'm redoing a recent collage as a drawing/watercolor. A drawing fits more into the budget of the individual who commissioned the piece. Plus she wanted to tweak the color palette--something more subtle. Here's what I have going on in the drawing so far. Tomorrow I will finish it. Without a doubt. Done-zo. I'm ready to work on some new prints that I dreamt up today, so I really need to move this piece off my desk.

But still good news because I found a buyer for the original collage, Yay!

And now completely off topic
I'm considering rethinking how I check email. I've become somewhat hooked on my phone that can grab emails when I walk into WiFi zones, but they still manage to pile up. And then my inbox gets nuts and I miss dates and it all goes to hell. One art marketing coach I follow, Alyson Stanfield, checks email only at certain times of the day so she can focus on reading and responding at the same time. She downloads her emails when she's ready to handle new email vs. having them arrive automatically. Food for thought anyway. Here's a link to her blog post on managing email.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Open Studio at WPA every Tuesday!

Great news! The WPA studio will be open every Tuesday from 10am - 1pm through December. You can come by and print during that time for a little bit of cash ($25/3 hrs if a WPA member, $35 if not) and get press assistance from printmaker Ashley Salinas or myself--we can offer basic press setting, but won't be instructing, so it's for the individual with some printing experience. You're also welcome just to swing by and check out the shop. Ashley and I are swapping Tuesdays. I'll be there on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 14, Nov, 4, 18, and Dec 9, 23. More info about WPA's shop here.

Greater news for me: The WPA studio is in the same complex as my own (Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 3, right next door to the place pictured below.) As for my own studio, I've made a stab at setting studio hours--Bldg. 1, studio 218.

I'll be in my studio on these days:
Mondays, Tuesdays (when I'm not at WPA), and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm.

I love studio visits, but I suggest a call or text before popping over in case I'm on a walk or enjoying a coffee at our new Canopy coffee shop (my cell is 512-680-6281). Hey! Let's grab some coffee together!

Yay! The long-awaited cafe!
Sa-Tén is a Japanese-influenced cafe from Komé partner Kayo Asazu and East Side King co-founderMoto Utsunomiya. In addition to espresso, coffee, and tea, the cafe will serve pastries like donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery and Japanese-inspired "light fare." Hours are 7:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sundays.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Awwww Snap!

I've had fun working on this piece.

I ended up adding 4 fat layers of Golden Heavy Gel (Matte) on a 20 x 20" panel. In fact, I used up almost the entire 32 oz. tub--nearly $30 worth of gel. The piece looks a little encaustic-like with all the layering with gel in between. Think of it like a lasagna. I had layers of tinted tissue glued on with liquid medium, then after my tissue layer was down, I slapped a fat layer of Golden Heavy Gel on top, then waited at least 24 hours to do more tissue. As my last layer brushed on an acrylic wash in places, but also added charcoal and regular pencil, so I'll need to spray some acrylic varnish on top to seal. In the end, I was pleased with the result.

So.... I've been waiting on text from the person who commissioned this work, and she likes the direction, but has asked me to make a few changes. I like this piece the way it is, so will be starting fresh. Yes, I shall begin anew!

While staining my tissue I used newsprint to catch seepage. I'm wishing I used a sheet of Rives BFK or something that isn't as degradable as newsprint. Look how much potential this sheet has for collage material or background, but instead it's heading to the recycle bin. Next time...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I entered 5 pieces into the Georgetown Art Hop--Opening Reception Oct. 11, 3-5 pm in case you're local--and I was lucky enough to have 2 accepted. What's funny is the work that was accepted I liked, but I thought the rejects were stronger. These are the ones that made the cut:

Tesla and Crooke's Radiometer, 23 x 12 x 5", mixed media
After Archimedis' Atikythera Mechanism, 30 x 22", collagraph

I've been working on my website for the last few days and the print I had as the welcoming work on the front page is a recent favorite, but my husband insisted I switch it for the one that's there now. This one:
Brahe, Kepler, and Planetary Motion, 20 x 20", monotype, intaglio, mixed media
(Which I should point out was rejected by Art Hop.) I have to admit I no longer take rejection personally, but do find it curious. I would really benefit from a professional critique. One of these days I'll look into that. 

Monday, September 8, 2014


German towns have a street cleaning statute called the “Straßenreinigungssatzung.” Basically this means homeowners and landlords in German-speaking Europe are required to remove debris, snow and ice from walkways on their property or in front of their property. If you've ever been to a German town, you know they take this seriously. I'm doing this with my house and studio--getting rid o' crap, setting a new work schedule, and getting back to living, loving, and sweeping. This is my Spring Cleaning time of the year and it feels great! My schedule, including studio hours, is getting an overhaul too. Website? Yep. I just updated it after years of ignoring it. Take a look!

I've been working on this piece in the studio and am finally at a stopping point. It's a commission piece and I'm waiting on text that is going to be provided, plus I need to know if I even went in the direction they were hoping. Fingers crossed!