August was a great month for printmaking as I finished two print runs. Now the arduous task of publishing them online and selling them will begin. Before that happens we’re having a Dough Giveaway along with some Andy Warhol books! First, the print…
“Dough” was first declared done in May of 2016. Wow. Then it was a 5-color silkscreen print and I debuted it at the first ever Neat & Keen Open Studio. To my dismay (and possibly good fortune) I didn’t sell any copies then. Since it wasn’t out in the wild anywhere, I decided to print more colors on top of it this summer and here’s what we have.
“Dough.” 7-color silkscreen print on 100# Cougar, 19 x 25 inches
It is now a 7-color silkscreen on 19 x 25 Cougar 100# cover stock. When I first printed it over a year ago I was determined not to get carried away with the number of colors, but now that it has two additional screens I love this piece even more. Continue reading →
Two-color silkscreen print on Bristol board about 9 x 12 inches
It’s been too long since I’ve printed anything. I first shared a prototype of this design back in September, and really need to print something even if it was wrong. It’s a super small edition of just ten prints, but in four different colors. Continue reading →
Two weeks ago I finally finished my mash up of Homer Simpson with an Andy Warhol dollar sign. And here it is.
“Dough.” 5-color hand pulled silkscreen print, 18 x 24 inches, 2016.
If you’ve been following my Facebook page you’ll know that I live broadcasted most of the printing process. I also have time lapse video drawing the full size films onto frosted mylar and may make a video of the whole process at some point. Most of the illustration was done with a black oil pastel crayon, with the large blocks of yellow and orange filled in with black ink and a brush.
Why Homer Simpson And What Does It Mean?
I was a bit apprehensive about this piece because if it doesn’t cross a line, it approaches it. Up until now I’ve prided myself on doing original concepts. It can be difficult to be successful doing that because if you look around, that is not what people want. And I enjoy a lot of pop art, but I feel so much of it is too easy by taking advantage of a well known and loved property and putting a twist on it. So if I was going to do this, it had to be for good reason and to make a statement I could stand by.
Photo credit: Alex Needham for The Guardian. @alexneedham74 on Twitter.
I would be surprised if you’ve been on the internet lately and managed to avoid hearing about this story. Artist Richard Prince creates blown up canvases featuring screenshots of Instagram posts and sells them for $90,000. Is it art? Is he a thief? Where is my pitchfork? At times I have been tempted to chime in on various Facebook/Twitter/Instagram threads about these works. Most of the comments are pretty negative, and I understand where they are coming from, but my own opinion, while not glowingly positive, is a little more kind. Continue reading →
Last week I embarked on something a bit new for me: Hand Embellished Prints. The idea is that you create a screen printed image and then enhance it with additional artwork, writing, whatever. It’s an idea I had once upon a time, but until somewhat recently didn’t know was practiced and accepted in the print community. My spin is a little different. Here’s how they came to be.
A funny thing occurred to me as I started to ponder my next blog post. As I mentioned in my introductory post one of the things I planned to discuss were my influences. However, when I start to think about my visual art influences, I’m at a bit of a loss.
There are some artists whose work I gravitate towards and they are often of a pop art persuasion such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. This might be due to the fact that my original interest in making art was in drawing comic books. Comic books tend to be visually striking with bold lines and bright colors. In the high brow art community they are often thought of as a lower a form of art, but I digress (and disagree). Continue reading →