Four Hour Workshop Education Alliance

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I am writing from North Creek, NY in Adirondack State Park. I am staying at a lovely cabin and meeting my friend Nancy for some hiking and skiing over the next three days. Above is Moxham Mountain. It is a short hike, a little over 5 miles, but known for it’s amazing views. Covered in snow, it will be spectacular. Tomorrow morning Conrad, Homer and I will meet Nancy for our first hike.

But hiking is not why I am writing. I am writing to let you know about a printmaking workshop I am teaching at the Education Alliance on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Right now the class has two people signed up, but we need four to run it. It is Sunday January 15th.

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In just four hours from 1pm to 5pm you will create an image, transfer it onto a 5″ x 7″ linoleum block, carve it, and print. Valentine’s Day is coming up. What is better than a handmade Valentine for the lovely people in your life?

This is my first time teaching at the Education Alliance,  I really want the class to run. It is $100 and includes all materials, plus you get to keep the carving tool!  You will leave  the class with 10-15 completed prints!

So do not delay and sign up  by clicking here.  I promise you it will be fun. And if you make Valentine prints I guarantee the recipients will be extremely happy.

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I am on TV!

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I was excited to get the email asking if I wanted to be on TV. I would meet NY1’s Roger Clark at 6a.m. to do two live new spots at my exhibition in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The news team would then “package” together a segment that would replay all day.

The interview was great advertising for my second free workshop at the park. It will happen on November 19 from 1 to 3pm. You can click here for the details. Don’t let the “kid” workshop fool you, it is for everyone, 99 Plymouth Street, corner of Washington. It is just south of the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. It is walking in and out any time.

To see my short interview you can click here.

It was loads of fun to be interviewed by Roger, he was amazing and make it easy. I didn’t tell him that I don’t own a TV. I never have.

Two Weeks to Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Hand drawn rocks by Hilary Lorenz

On October 1 I begin installing  a new artwork at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street from Smack Mellon.  Commissioned by the park in early spring I have been drawing, carving and printing birds that inhabit the park. This past month I began work on their habitat, first with the rocks that surround the marsh then I will make the grass.  The piece will be big, there is a 12 and 24 foot wall in one area, and a second 20 foot and 12 foot wall in anther. I always get nervous that I do not have enough printed and cut paper, but I should also know that by now I always do.

I planned my schedule carefully for this piece. I spent March through July carving the linoleum block birds. In August I made multiple drawings. And the plan for September was to spend 30 days printing my heart out on my big, 33″ x 72″ press at LIU Brooklyn where I am a tenured professor. All went well until September 1. Dr. Kimberly Kline, president of LIU locked out faculty during contract negotiations. I had 48 hours to get my blocks, paper, ink and completed artworks out of my LIU studio. I managed to do that along with a small press.  My bike, flat files and 20 years of artwork are still there and I cannot access them. Yes, the lockout is horrible and I technically  went from a full tenured professor to unemployed and uninsured in about 48 hours. But as they say, “opportunity comes from adversity” and it is true. A friend offered me  space in his studio, another friend use of his press. And while his press is smaller than some of my blocks I can do a great deal of work.  Instead of printing some of the large piece I will hand draw them them onsite.  This is certainly offering me the opportunity of new ways of creating my artwork. It is also showing me that no matter what happens with these negotiations, I will be just fine, but I worry deeply about my students. I have to pass through a whole lot of anxiety, fear and anger to get to the other side and it is not pretty. But working from home and at least making drawings, and txting with my students,  everything feels right.

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Linoleum block hand colored Seagulls by Hilary Lorenz for BBP.

Updates and Important Information

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For those of you that frequent my Etsy Store. I will close the shop from June 29 to July 15 while I am traveling.. Before I go I am offering Summer20 coupon, a 20% discount on all orders over $40 from today until June 28th. All orders will ship by 29th.  Just type in “Summer20.”

Also, Mr. C, Conrad has his own benefit print. After making 16 vet visits in 4 weeks, the always smiling Conrad got his own 7″ x 5″ print, a super deal at only $10 to help offset the cost of his bandage changes. Surprise a friend and make them smile with a smiling Labrador in a cone hand printed linocut. All details are on my Etsy Stonetrigger Press Page.
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My four month Governors Island  residency is coming to a close. As part of my participation in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space artist residency program, I’m pleased to invite you to learn more about my latest project “Migration” a series of linocut printed and hand colored birds at LMCC’s Governors Island Open Studios. This is a preview for a later and 10x larger more sophisticated installation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, in October.  Open Studio is free and open to all on June 25th from 1 to 4pm only. Click here  for FB invite. 

There is an hourly ferry from Manhattan and one from Pier 6 in Brooklyn. Plan ahead it will be crowded on the ferry!!!!!  https://govisland.com/info/ferry

Lastly I will leave for my studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico on June 29th and stay until July 29th. From there I will drive to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for a three week artist residency at the C-Scape Beach Shack on the National Seashore.   and return to NYC on September 1.
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Smokey, from Start to Finish

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I am working on a super fun project creating a portrait of Smokey a beautiful Weimaraner rescue pup who lives in Michigan. I photographically detailed the entire process for you to see, but especially for Smokey’s human companions. I know this girl is very special.

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I start with a collection of photographs provided by Smokey’s family.  I blow some up so that I can see detail, making copies both light and dark to see texture. Then I start the drawing onto a 7″ x 5″ linoleum block

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This is the block before I carved it. I draw in a range of lines to use as a guide, but eventually my carving tool becomes my “drawing” tool.

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I use a variety of carving tools to bring out the details of the drawing. I carve away everything that I want to appear white.

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While I am carving, I also pencil in lines, and brush over the surface so that it is easier to see what is cut and what is left.

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Once I am ready to print, I mix up oil based ink until I get the color I want.

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I use a brayer to apply ink to the linoleum block, making sure to cover the surface evenly.

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Once the block is inked up, I carefully place it on the press bed.

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A sheet of paper is carefully placed on top the linoleum block. I have a “template” in place that is my guidelines for placement

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I use this handle to crank the press bed under the rollers thus applying pressure to the block and transferring the ink to the paper.

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Here is the print side by side with the block on the press bed.

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Here is where it gets really interesting. I wanted to put a jacket on Smokey, so I took the first print, cut it up so that I would have a pattern of the jacket. I then reversed it, since everything in printmaking is mirror image and used it as a stencil to block out the ink. Meaning, I would ink the block, put this paper over where the jacket should be and print it. This will leave an open spot for me to put the jacket.

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This is the block with stencil on the left, and the print on the right.

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This is a second pattern I used to cut the Awagami Japanese hemp paper for the jacket.

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I am sizing up the  paper cut jacket before I adhere it to the print

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And here is Smokey in her fine green jacket.

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And in her fancy red jacket. I think she is looking especially fine. 

Paper used: Awagami Factory, Japan, handmade Shiramine Select, 110g
Collage paper: Awagami Factory, Japan, Shin Inbe, color hemp paepr
Ink: Speedball Oil based ink
Press: Takach
I use a variety of carving tools from Switzerland, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
If you read this far, and you want a portrait made of your pet, you can order one through my Etsy Store, at StonetriggerPress. 

 

 

 

Day 8, 30 Paintings 30 Days

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Grey_owl.jpgGull wing grey. That is what I will be painting for the next two to three days. It might not be the watercolor plan that I began the month with, but I have 67.5 feet x 4feet of display cases that need to be painted to create the illusion of a light fog.

Once the fog in dried I will begin a new wilderness landscape construction. Here is the card for the show. exhibition_Postcard.jpg

I did finish a 5″ x 7″ watercolor last night, actually I did it two days ago but I simply did not want to be on the computer last night to get it posted, and that was a wonderful thing. It was the first night that I slept relatively decent. No computer = good sleep!
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Lastly, here is a strangle little treat, a photograph of the old shipping container lifts, late at night after dark, that I encountered during our dog walk. I really love these things and I love walking along the water at night.
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Have a great weekend!

Day 3, 30 day painting challenge

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Magic Kingdom available on my Stonetrigger Press Etsy Store. 

What a day! After a wonderful morning with friends playing with our dogs in the park, going to Chinatown for dim sum and stopping into my favorite massage place, our bellies are full, our knots kneaded out, and our hearts full from laughing. I then came home and quickly knew I am in a magic place ready to paint my ideal hiking spot.

I would start in the lower right hand corner by my signature, walk the ridge of green until it ended. I would then traverse over to the white notch just above there and climb that ridge line up into the craggy rocks of the first peak. After having a lunch break on the peak I would continue across to the right, to the lower portion of the darkest green of the middle crag and climb up to the top. From there I would spend the afternoon watching the water until the sun set.

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I think to think about climbing around in my drawings. I often do that when I am making them. But it is now late in the day and the dogs have to go back out, so I will keep this brief.

Yesterday’s drawing is already sold, but this one is available on my Etsy Store for $20, to whomever get’s there first.

I will see you back here tomorrow with another new piece.

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Day 2, 30 paintings in 30 days

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Original_Watercolor_Landscape_LorenzDo you need to brighten up your day? This is day 2 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Yesterday when I painted the cows, I thought I would only make animals. Then, today, looking out the windows of my studio into the cold grey weather I had to draw a bright fantasy landscape to bring light and excitement back into my space.

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Details of painting

It is  two days into the 30 day challenge so I will just have to wait and see how all 30 days unfold. I thought I would work with a theme but it is nice to leave it open to see what creeps into my work.   Either way, each 5″ x 7″ watercolor, unframed, will be for sale on in my Stonetrigger Press Etsy Store for a mere $20.

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Detail

Here are a few details:

Size: 5″ x 7″
Paper: Arches Cold Press 300 gram watercolor paper
Watercolor: Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor
Date made: January 2, 2016
Original watercolor, only 1 made

Stay tuned, who knows what is coming next. I sure don’t.
Here is the link to the Day 1 painting.

January 2016

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Happy New Year!

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January 1, 2016 – Cows, #30paintingsin30days

One year ago today I began my 30 prints in 30 days project, I created my Etsy store, my Stonetrigger Press FB page,  and I blogged every day with a new print. That project opened up a whole new world to me of collectors, friends, subject matter and courage. I had no idea what kind of courage it takes to make something every single day and put it out publicly whether I thought it was good enough or not, time was the determining factor and I only had one day.

I got an email two days ago about the 30 paintings in 30 days that got me started last year. Because the 30 days was not about making the perfect piece or coming up with the perfect solution, it was about showing up every single day, no matter what and making something. For me it is not about creating a habit, I have plenty of discipline, plus making art is what I love to do more than anything. The challenge was about holding myself to the task of making and showing a painting or print every single day, no matter what life throws in the way and knowing it is  good enough has more reward than one can know, until you do it yourself. So I encourage you, if you make drawings, paintings, whatever it may me, join me in the 30 days challenge.

And just  like  last year with the prints, I will offer each of these paintings on my Etsy Store.  There is only one, if you want it, don’t hesitate. At the end of 30 days, I will pick my favorite 12 to make note cards.
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My Own Wilderness Fantasy

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After 40 hours of pasting cut paper onto the wall, one year of carving linoleum, printing it and cutting it into pieces, all of which were preceded by 100’s of miles of  mountains hiking and trail running in northern New York, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Tasmania and Cameroon the exhibition it up at Lake George Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY. 

18_Hilary_Lorenz_Lake_George_Printmaking_InstallationEach cut paper installation I do, is build from previous hikes or trail runs from around the world. After running to the top of a particular mountain, I carve it. This keeps me fit, happy, traveling and constantly creating new work. On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, my exhibition opened to a great crowd. 
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Carving animals that are unique to the region, I spent several days with my dogs in the gallery preparing for the opening on November 14, 2015. I could not have asked for a better reception. Friends drove or took the Amtrak the 200 miles from NYC, others drove 1-2 hours  across the Adirondacks to get there. I was thrilled to see my number one hiking partner and good friend, ADK Nancy, pictured here with me, who made an almost 2 hour drive. We met in a lean-to on a backpack adventure.
Adirondack_Nancy_Hilary_Lorenz.jpgLisa, Amy and Sally all drove up from NYC, and while it is 200 miles, depending on the weather, it can take up to 6 hours to get there, real dedication.  Anyhow, they really made my night along with my family who sent flowers and all those who were at the reception including the press which is always exciting.29_Hilary_Lorenz_Lake_George_Printmaking_InstallationOne year ago I had the great opportunity to make work for Wave Hill Public Garden and Culture Center , so to follow it up one year later adding water,  boats, and new animals and mountains to the mix was a fantastic opportunity. Okay, this clown is Conrad, he is not an official animal in the exhibition.9_Hilary_Lorenz_Lake_George_Printmaking_InstallationI am back in Brooklyn teaching this week, but after next Monday’s class, I will pack up the dogs, and head to Sally’s cabin for Thanksgiving Week with plans to be at the Gallery Saturday November 28. so stop on by if you are in the neighborhood or say, 200 miles!

If you want to see more photos, they will be on FB at https://www.facebook.com/StoneTriggerPress/