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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Bird

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Moroccan Courtyard Paintings

I did these paintings with preschoolers. If you would like more info, please visit my other blog.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Honey Crisp

Working on this drawing of a Honey Crisp apple and putting off baking an apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pear Still Life

I always love it when I spot something in the grocery aisle that I want to paint. Pears have such a lovely color and shape. And then you get to eat the subject matter!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Printing Blocks: A Flower and a Leaf

I recently cut the two new pictured stamps using Speedball Speedy Cut Printing Blocks and Speedball cutting tools. The blocks are made from a rubber-like material and very easy to cut into, expecially compared to linoleum block cutting that I remember from high school. I started with some quick drawings in my sketchbook and when I came up with the design that I liked, I traced it onto a sheet of tracing paper with a soft pencil. I then flipped my drawing over onto the surface of the rubber block and tranfered the drawing onto the block by going over my pencil lines with a pen. It gave me more control over my image. After making some practice prints I decided that my leaf looked more like a tree, so I printed a mini forest. I've been using the stamps to print the back of my envelopes when I mail out an Etsy order.
As you can see, I used an ink pad instead of a brayer and printing ink.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fox Linocut

I haven't done this type of printing in quite some time, but thought a stamp might add a nice touch to the Etsy packages that I mail out. The material that I used to carve the stamp, soft kut printing blocks, is surprisingly easy to work with and available here. I only had a very thin and very wide attachment tool to work with and will have to upgrade my tools in the future. The nice thing about printmaking, naturally, is multiple images from one plate and the ability to make adjustments as you go along. Of course, "mistakes" are not always so easy to correct, especially when I had some trouble with the mouth. I used an ink pad for printing and tried various background colors.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Afternoon Tea

I got back on Monday from spending a few days in London with my son who is working there on a project for his American company. We visited several of the iconic art museums, historic sights, and admired the magnificent architecture, but we were also very impressed with the food. We liked one Indian restaurant, Dum Biryani, so much that we had dinner there twice. My son introduced me to a creamy porridge for breakfast and we discovered clotted cream at tea time. I had to Google search clotted cream to learn that it is heavy cream that has been baked in the oven or heated at a low temperature on top of the stove for 5 to 6 hours! It's a delicate cross between butter and whipped cream.
We had afternoon tea in the atrium of the Wallace Collection near the hotel in Portman Square. The Wallace Collection is an art collection housed at the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It comprises a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. One highlight is a Rembrandt self-portrait that I hadn't expected to stumble across.
These pictures are from the jaw-dropping food courts at Harrods. Not only is the food exquisite, but the general ambience, from the signage to the uniforms worn by the sales staff, is magical.