Now ready for purchase at Martha Street Studio are two new screenprints, “Minaki Sunset” and “Picnic Island - Winter”.
Congratulations to all my fellow Kerfufflers on a great show, and thank you to all who attended last night's opening at the Cre8ery Gallery! The show runs until January 30th. Regular hours: January 20th to 30th are Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm and Saturdays 12-5pm.
Please join me and the other members of The Frostshield Kerfuffle on Friday, January 19th, 7-9pm at Cre8ery, as we present our first group show:
The Only Thing We Have In Common Is That Some of Us Are Nice
I will be teaching Mokuhanga - Japanese Woodblock Printmaking at the Arts West Artists Retreat - Camp Wannakumbac, Clear Lake, MB. June 17-22, 2018.
Traditional Japanese woodblock printing is an elegant, green and low-tech process that works easily in a home studio without a press. With its waterborne pigments, which are applied with brushes and printed by hand, moku hanga allows for soft and painterly relief prints. During this week we will touch on all aspects of the process: transferring images to woodblocks, carving with Japanese tools, using the kento registration system, and printing with brushes and a baren.
If you are interested please contact
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Yesterday my son joined me at work and he pulled his second 4 colour screen print - "Grot"
If you're wondering what a Grot is, they are the little Orc helpers from the game Warhammer 40,000. That is all I know, and some of that may not even be accurate!
The screen prints in this brief video have all been created from photographs taken on my model train layout...
A big thank you to Sarah Crawley, co-worker, friend and talented artist, who allowed me to crash two of her recent Cyanotype classes at Martha Street Studio. Cyanotype is a photographic printing technique that produces beautiful cyan-blue prints. The process involves coating your paper with two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The paper is then put in contact with a photographic negative and exposed to UV light. Tap water is used to wash out the paper and voila...
Here's another opportunity for you to bid on one of my prints and support an important local institution. My print 'AKA' will be included in the items up for bid in the silent auction of Prairie Fire magazine's Speaking Volumes fundraiser on May 13 at Fort Gibraltar. @prairiefiremag http://www.prairiefire.ca
If you're attending MAWA's Over the Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party on March 26th why not place a bid on my donated etching 'Wayfinder' @mawawpg https://mawa.ca
One of my hobbies is model railroading. In my basement I have 2 small shelf layouts underway. One in HO scale and one in N scale. Right now I'm focusing on the HO layout, creating my own little world where I'm in total control. It doesn't represent any one place in particular, though it draws heavily on family connections and my imperfect memories of growing up in Southern Ontario. If I had to place my little world chronologically, it exists somewhere in the late 1970's, a time that I am nostalgic about. For me that was a time that predated my adulthood, responsibilities and resultant worries. So, this is my attempt to time travel, relieve stress (although admittedly I don't have a lot of it), and to create. Along the way I'm documenting this little world with my iPhone. So far you can see a small sampling of these images in my Photography Gallery. Etchings are currently underway and there will likely be some paintings as well. Yes, I'm doing this largely to please myself, but hopefully you'll find some enjoyment along the way as well.
Here is another etching on an aluminum plate. The image is built up from a xerox transfer and line etch. The subject matter is Picnic Island on Falcon Lake.
Perhaps only of interest to the etching geeks out there, but Martha Street Studio now has a brand new hotplate! and in conjunction with a small rosin box that I built, it is now possible to do real rosin aquatints!!!! This etching 'Fireproof', created on an aluminum plate, combines both an open bite (textured background) with an aquatint (trash can), and line etch.