Working on a Fall Exhibition

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I have an exhibition in November at the Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, New York. I am starting work on the artwork this week, and I wanted to share with you my work process.

This is a video of me printing about 4000 leaves for a show I just had in New York at Wave Hill. 

After three months of printing leaves, and mountains and bears, and assorted other plants,  I cut them all apart. I love to see how several months of  printing will accumulate enough to  transform a large gallery space.

This is what the final exhibition looked like:

Hilary Lorenz, Wave Hill, Oct-Dec 2014

Hilary Lorenz, Wave Hill, Oct-Dec 2014

Hilary Lorenz, Nomadic Geography, Wave Hill, Oct-Dec 2014

Hilary Lorenz, Nomadic Geography, Wave Hill, Oct-Dec 2014

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Hilary Lorenz Exhibition at Wave Hill

Hilary Lorenz Exhibition at Wave Hill

For Lake George I will do a combination of a wilderness installation and several small printed pieces. But as you can see, it is a lot of printing which I love to do. For the next several months in between my smaller sized print a day project, I will post periodically to show you how this exhibition is unfolding. I am pretty excited about it.

Finally if you read this far, I put a few t-shirts on Etsy, you can use yesterdays 20% off code for those as well.

Wishing Well, Print #37, Linouct of the Day

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I woke up last night to the sound of running water. I wanted to ignore it, but being winter, and being the high desert, it was a strange sound. I dragged myself out of bed to see that in fact it was raining. Now the weird thing is until I woke up, I was having a dream about a wishing well, an old fashion stone well with a hand crank attached to a bucket.

I went back to bed, but when I finally got up at 7:00, all I could think about was the stone well. I can remember vague stories and fantasies about stone wells when I was a kid, about the fantasy of escaping my home through some portal in a well, but not much beyond that.

I currently share a well, an underground well with a neighbor, and I always think about what it will take to drill my own well. The wishing well has kind of haunted me all day, before I carved, during my carving, and even now after I printed all 10 prints. Maybe it is premonition of some magnificent even about to unfold in my life. Now that would be something!

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Wishing Well, 10″ x 8″

This quirky black printed linocut well is in an edition of 10. It is printed onto Rives BFK paper and available at my Etsy Store, Stonetrigger Press. All proceeds from the sale of this print, as well as all the others, will eventually go toward digging my own well.

Luna Moth, Print of the Day

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Luna Moth

Luna Moth

The is a beautiful yellow to glowing green to dark green Luna Moth.  This is the first print to also get it’s own t-shirt, you can see it all on Etsy. The image is 4″ x 6″ and printed in an edition of 10.

Framed Luna Moth

Framed Luna Moth

Print comes unmatted and unframed, picture of framed work is only an example. Image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto Rived BFK paper, 10″ x 8″.

Luna moth print drying

Luna moth print drying

This print is part of my print a day project, where Monday through Friday I will post a new print nightly.

Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in New Mexico. Each morning I carve a new animal into my linoleum and print an edition of 10.

All of February get 20% off any order of $40 or more using the code “twentypercentoff” in the Etsy store. 

Virtue of the Ant, Print a Day Project

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“The world would be a happier place if humanity held and utilized the virtues of ants.”  While  most of us avoid ants and may try to kill their homes, ants are extremely industrious. They gather and hunt, they work hard, are patient and co-operative. An ant is able to carry a leaf, a crumb or a dead ant for miles – just to get back home to the anthill.  If an ant has to fight, it will, if an ant has to dig tunnels, it will, and if an ant has to carry leaves for miles, it will, all for the good of the community. If you want to know the virtues of ants you can read more here.

Industrious Ant

Industrious Ant

I often thought of myself as a horse, a work horse more specifically, but after reading about ants, with this project alone, I am I qualify with the virtue of the ants.

Table of ants

Table of ants

Edition of 10, The Print of the Day  is now available on Stonetrigger Press Etsy store, $20 each. They are 10″ x 8″, image is 6″ x 4″ printed onto Rives BFK paper.

Pisces Linocut, it is almost your birthday!

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Pisces Linocut 10" x 8"

Pisces Linocut 10″ x 8″

Now on Etsy for $20, just click here, there are 10 available.

It is almost your birthday time, Pisces. Do you or a friend have a birthday between February 20 and March 20th? This would make a great gift. This linocut of the Pisces two fish, swimming, each have a chine colle, a collage while printing, of antique Italian printed paper, one is red and one blue.

Print comes unmatted and unframed, picture of framed work is only an example. Image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto Rived BFK paper, 10″ x 8″.

This print is the forth print completed in February as part of my print a day project.
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Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in New Mexico. Each morning I carve a new animal into my linoleum and print an edition of 10 and by 6pm MT, I put them on Etsy. 

USPS and Mail Delivery Problems

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Isn’t there something in the stars that upsets the balance of things? Is there some post office God that ensures the mail goes though? Well it seems I have a couple snags. Yesterday I learned that a first class package sent to Australia on January 3rd, just arrived this week, 4 weeks to delivery. Today I learned that a big print portfolio of 30 prints slated to be shown at the Southern Graphics International Conference in TN has gone missing. This was a very complicated print:pegasus From_VictroliaI became worried and checked my international shipments. Good, the order sent out January 27th to Toronto arrived on February 3, but then Oh No! the order sent to Vancouver on January 19th has not show up. I checked the order to Samoa sent on January 23rd and as of February 3rd it only made it to Honolulu, HI.

Good grief, how can it be that it takes 3 days to get to Long Island, NY, but then 12 days to get to San Francisco which is only two states away.  I sure am glad I have tracking numbers. But if your package it taking too long, it should be 2-5 days in the Continental US, up to 2 weeks Internationally. I read in Etsy that at times it can take up to 6 weeks send first class, that is unacceptable.  So if you need your prints by a certain date let me know. I will send them priority, 6-10 business days international. But no matter where you are, if you feel it is taking too long. Please contact me, I will send you a new order the next day. Postage on me.

Pregnant Gerbil, Print of the Day, February 4

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Pregnant Gerbil on Olive Green background

Pregnant Gerbil on Olive Green background

Isn’t it cute? A pregnant gerbil on an olive green background. I really don’t know if the gerbil is pregnant, but in the 4th grade when Mrs. Seaver offered her students,  “gerbil couples” to take home, I got mine and soon my two gerbils populated into about 200 in record time.

Pregnant Gerbil now on Etsy, $20 each, just click here.
Each linoleum block print image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto Rives BFK paper 8″ x 10″ in an edition of 10 for only $20.

Full size paper of the Gerbil 10" x 8"

Full size paper of the Gerbil 10″ x 8″

It was very entertaining for a while having all these gerbils. Luckily I always worked, even in 4th grade, so that I could get new aquariums keep my expanding family in. It was really fun at first, then after 100 or so, it was not so fun. But I am still fond of the little critters.

Table of Olive Green Gerbils

Table of Olive Green Gerbils

You will find 10 of these prints available on Stonetrigger Press Etsy along with two pages of additional prints. Each weekend I made a new print, always on 8″ x 10″ Rives BFK, and always ready by 8pm EST.

King of the Cats, February’s daily print #2, Linocut

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King of the Cats

The King of the Cats – now on Etsy, $20 each, just click here.
Each linoleum block print image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto Rives BFK paper 8″ x 10″ in an edition of 10 for only $20.

4" x 6" linocut on 8" x 10" Paper

4″ x 6″ linocut on 8″ x 10″ Paper

If you read this far I am going to admit something mildly embarrassing. I read my horoscope, in fact I subscribe to one by Susan Blair-Hunt, I have admitted this before, I started last summer, but I still feel a little sheepish. But can something so seemingly innocuous as a horoscope change one’s life? Here is the short version of that story.

Susan’s Monday edition of her daily horoscope gives you an a spirit animal, a color and a number. I had no experience with these, but I liked the weekly animal. Beginning in July 2014, I made it my Monday practice to carve and print my animal of the week, I am a Libra. I collages many of those animals into drawings which were exhibited at the Gallery at Pioneer Bluff in Kansas. Here are 6 of those drawings:

I continue to carve my spirit animal of the week, along with all kinds of other animals, birds and fish during the week. The habit of printing and carving on Mondays, spilled over into every day of the week and I created a small business of selling the prints.  This week my animal is the Lion. The edition of 10 is currently on Etsy and available until the 10 sell out.  If you want to see more of the 11″ x 14″ watercolor collage drawings you can click here: 

T-shirt Test for Linocut Printing

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Stonetrigger Press Linocut Wolf T-shirt

Stonetrigger Press Linocut Wolf T-shirt

Having this weekend off was great for spending a very long day carving. I carved my first t-shirt block, a wolf. I tested the block out on two of my own shirts and they printed great!

I placed an order with a t-shirt supplier for women’s 100% preshrunk ringspun cotton, tri-blend crew neck short sleeves shirts in four different colors. They will be here on Friday for this weeks printing. I will send out a few free samples to get your opinion on the feel of the shirt, the washability of the print. Last summer I printed a shirt last in the same manner and it is just as strong now was it was then, and it stays soft.

I am planning on having shirts available in in two weeks, with at least two different images. I will also take orders for different color shirts, short or long sleeve, men’s or women’s cut. I also got a suggestion for a summer dress. There are just so many options.

This is a fun learning process getting this all down. In the meantime I am finishing up carving today’s print. It will be out at 8pm EST.

Free Willy! February Print of the Day Project, #1, $20

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Free Willy, Orca Linocut Print

10 Orca Whale Prints now on Etsy, $20 each, just click here. 

January 1, I began the 30 prints in 30 days project with a jumping Dolphin, it sold out. With February here, my print of the day project will begin with a jumping Orca “Killer Whale” affectionately known as “Free Willy.

Table of prints drying

Table of prints drying

“Free Willy” is a two color linocut with blue water and a black Orca.
The two linoleum blocks are hand printed, the image is 5″ wide and 6.5″ tall printed onto 8″ x 10″ Rives BFK Paper in an edition of 10. Once the 10 are gone, no more Orca’s are available.

Full paper 10" x 8" paper with linocut

Full paper 10″ x 8″ paper with linocut

Just click over to Etsy and get your very limited edition Free Willy Linocut today.  And as always I love your comments and requests!