Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"The Adventurous Soul" Sold!

My large print "The Adventurous Soul" has found a new home.
I framed, delivered and installed the 3x3ft linocut in its new home in Dartmouth.

It is the first time that I have seen one of my giant prints framed and I couldn't be more excited. The print is a real eye catcher in this living room space. 

Mhairi and her new print. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunbury Shores Instructors Showcase

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a week long workshop at Sunbury Shores in St. Andrews, NB in August 2017. As I am one of the instructors I was also invited to exhibit my work in the Sunbury Shores Instructors Showcase. The show is a big success and is exhibiting talent from over 30 artists. The exhibition runs from October 7th until November 4th in the Sunbury Shores exhibition space. and the exhibit comprises of a wide range of creative artwork from all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking and pottery to metalwork. It also provides a golden opportunity for everyone to see the wonderful expertise coming to teach at Sunbury Shores in 2017 and register for their courses before they start to fill up!

Featured Artists Include:
Jessie Babin, Poppy Balser, Brigitte Clavette, Kristyn Cooper, Sheryl Crighton, Jay Dampf, Maria Doering, Barbara Dorey, Jackie Doucette, Ruth Dunfield, Grant Fuller, Chantal Gilbert, Martha Johnson, Victoria Moon Joyce, Susan Lapides, Melissa LeBlanc, Theresa MacKnight, Michael McEwing, Ted Michener, Geordie Miller, Rachael Morouney, Claudia Munro-Kerr, Maja Padrov, Susan Patterson, Cathy Ross, Kath Rutherford, Helen Stanley, Alan Syliboy, Robert Van de Peer, Morag Walsh, Matt Watkins.

I have a variety of pieces in this exhibition and was delighted to hear that a few of them have already sold, including my Lithograph "peaceful II".

Here a few photos from the opening: 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Autumn Colour Monotype Workshop at Visual Voice

On October 13th, I taught the Autumn Colours Monotype Workshop at Visual Voice Gallery in Truro.
This workshop had four participants and as always, was a lot of experimental fun.

Hanna's lovely plant test prints.

Hannah's bubble wrap print. 

The fabulous Susan Sweet worked on a few cows. 

After lunch workshop Participant Hannah Hicks was surprised by a pretty little birthday cake made by Nuri.

Hannah was by far the most experimental and prolific participant. She wanted to try everything and her excitement was contagious. Here she is carefully pressing a leaf into the ink to get a more subtle and delicate impression. 

Hannah is very pleased with her experiment.

And onwards to the next one.

Hannah has another plate ready to print. 

Participant Barb inking her plexiglass plate. 

Barb's beautiful plant and lace Monotype. 

Susan Sweet is working on a monotype of a cow.

Jill hicks' inking experiment. 

Jill Hicks inking up her plate. 

Jill's bubble wrap experiments. 

These are just a few of many more prints that where made during this workshop. 

The inking station always gets a bit out of control in these workshops.
But that just means much fun was had and many print where made. 

I am assisting Susan Sweets with her print. 

Thank you to the participants and their creative energy!
Thank you of course to Nuri at Visual Voice Gallery for hosting this workshop. 

Weekend printing at Shipston Designs Studios

The wonderful Julie Rosvall, aka Shipston Designs Studio invited me into her beautiful studio in the Gaspereau Valley area once again on October 1st and I used the time to finish off some of the remaining items from my OSA residency to-do list. I finished printing the large 2x2 foot reduction linocut that I had so much trouble with. In terms of registration it's probably the worst print I have created in 10 years. But that's ok, every once in a while every printmaker has to make a bad print again. I think I managed to get one that is good enough to show. The others will likely get chopped into greeting cards, we shall see.
I also printed up a bunch of Christmas cards by using up some old ink.

This was the large print before I carved and printed the final layer. 

Carving took almost a full day. Sometimes I forget that I can heat the linoleum to make it easier to carve, instead I end up with a bruised dent in my finger from the tool and the pressure. 

Late night Shenanigans with Thomas the Cat. 

The final layer all inked up. 

Detail of the inked block, the light areas show where all I carved out more.

I've recently gotten into the habit of inking even my large blocks with a small brayer. 

First proof pulled of the print. This block I carved in a way that I could edition this final layer as well as separate prints. 

When walking between Shipston Designs Studio and the house, the cows across the street keep an eye on you.

Detail of the final Layer printed. 

I used up some old left over ink for the christmas cards. It's fun to see this block inked in a unexpected color. 

Between the big prints and all the christmas card I quickly filled up the clothes line and every surface in Julie's Studio. Her husband put up another clothes line for me downstairs. 


It's starting to feel a bit crowded. 

Little Mister Chipmunk says hello.