Day 2, 30 paintings in 30 days

30 paintings in 30 days, stonetrigger press

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

30 prints 30 days, Drawing, stonetrigger press

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/

A Radical Change

Drawing, Prints, stonetrigger press

Red Hook
At the beginning of August I drove the 2100 miles back to NYC leaving behind my beautiful studio and embracing the big unknown. I had sold my apartment and was coming back to find a rental. I knew I wanted to live in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, an “industrial seaside town” as a friend calls it. Ideally I would find a place large enough to work in and still be affordable, by NYC standards that is. What I found was a home that makes me so happy, each day when I wake up I feel like my heart is going to burst out of my chest I love it so much.  I have huge windows, 1200 square feet, two floors and two bathrooms. It is really unbelievable to me.  I set up my work tables in front of the windows where I can see the expansive skyline.
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I started working on a couple drawings. Of course I had a small coyote to add to this 7″ x 5″  collage.
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Mostly I have been working on a moose print, 20″ x 15″ with a rainbow roll, and stencil. It is part of a portfolio project titled Western Communities, a collection of artist who live in the west.  I do not have a photo of the block or finished piece, just some of the process. I am also working on a custom print for my friend Kat in Cleveland.
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When I am not working in the studio, I am walking miles each day with my dogs. We walk at least 4 hours a day, 2.5 in the morning and 1.5 at night, just exploring everywhere around our new home. Here are a few photos of our neighborhood discoveries.
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I miss New Mexico but I am so happy with this change. I love change. I had sold all my furniture and had very little beyond my books. I am enjoying the process of recreating my life in Brooklyn….that is until next summer when I return to NM. You can expect all new projects, and all new artwork with new influences, my guess would be a lot of water.

Open Studio Pre-view

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Today is a photo extravaganza. This weekend is my Open Studio, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. I have been cleaning, hanging artwork, and building a small, but crazy printed paper installation. If you are in or around Abiquiu, please come and say “hi.”

GPS Location – 36°12’41.2″N 106°13’48.9″W
From SF, take 84 toward Abiquiu. On the corner of 554 (the El Rito Road) marked by Mamacita’s Pizza turn right. Drive just over 1/2 mile crossing the Chama River, turn right on CR142. Drive 1.1 mile. On your left is “Trigger Drive” turn left, drive 200 meters and the studio is on the right, #5.

A variety of linocuts waiting for people to custom print their backpacks at Open Studio

A variety of linocuts waiting for people to custom print their backpacks at Open Studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio dogs, Homer and Conrad

Studio dogs, Homer and Conrad

A giant proof print of Homie and Coyote

A giant proof print of Homie and Coyote

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

A variety of linocuts waiting for people to custom print their backpacks at Open Studio

A variety of linocuts waiting for people to custom print their backpacks at Open Studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

8" x 10" linocut prints, Stonetrigger Press

8″ x 10″ linocut prints, Stonetrigger Press

Hand printed journals, Stonetrigger Press

Hand printed journals, Stonetrigger Press

Custom printed bags, Stonetrigger Press

Custom printed bags, Stonetrigger Press

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Studio shot by Hilary Lorenz for open studio

Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

Wilderness cut paper installation for Open Studio, Abiquiu, NM

Wilderness cut paper installation for Open Studio, Abiquiu, NM

Getting Ready for Open Studio!

Getting Ready for Open Studio!

The Tom and Michelle Holland Studio Visit

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Michelle and Tom Holland printing at Stonetrigger Press

Michelle and Tom Holland printing at Stonetrigger Press

Today was a great day at Stonetrigger Press, Poet Michelle Holland and Painter Tom Holland came to make prints. I met Michelle and Tom in March and we became fast friends.  I had been wanting them to make a print with me and finally in between our athletic events, Michelle a runner and Tom a cyclist, we made the date.

Just two days ago I bought a gorgeous landscape painting from Tom and I was eager to see how he would treat the linoleum. Michelle, a poet studied art in college and had made prints in the past, so I was excited to see what she would do. Both, amazingly freehanded the drawings onto the blocks, Tom with a brush and ink, Michelle with marker. They carved and in no time,  faster than anyone I have worked with, they were ready to print.
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They each made an edition of 10 with 2 artist’s proofs. Here are photos of each of them signing their work.

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Tom Holland signing his prints at Stonetrigger Press

Michelle Holland signing her prints

Michelle Holland signing her prints

I am thrilled with the final prints, the two editions are meticulous. Printed onto Magnani Pescia Italian made paper with Gamblin Black Ink plus my secret ingredient. (no, I will not tell you, then it would not be secret), the prints are velvety smooth with rich black ink and a slight embossing.

Michelle Holland Linocut

Michelle Holland Linocut

Tom Holland Linocut

Tom Holland Linocut

You can see more of Tom’s work by clicking this link. And if you are near Chimayo, NM you can make an appointment to see paintings  in person.

Michelle’s books include the New Mexico Book Award winning collection, The Sound a Raven Makes, Tres Chicas Press 2007; and Chaos Theory, Sin Fronteras Press, 2009. Last week on Father’s Day I got to hear her read “Not a Sonnet”  in Santa Fe, NM as part of the ReelFathers Project. It was incredibly moving. This video is not from last week,  it was filmed as part of the Poetry Matters on New Mexico Culture Net.

We finished our day with a nice swim at Abiquiu Lake along with Conrad and Homer, my Labradors.

For more information on Tom and Michelle, or if you are interested in their prints you can contact them directly through Tom’s site.

“Buddy” is back! Now on a cinch bag

Small Print Store, stonetrigger press
Linocut printed bag with hand coloring

Linocut printed bag with hand coloring

Buddy is back and this time he is on the front of a heavy duty cinch bag.

This is a custom bag. It is a delicious pink heavy duty canvas bag with the original colors of the “Buddy” linocut. Because it can be difficult to match the ink from the original print, I took into consideration the color and weave of the bag. Once printed I felt Buddy was lacking a  bit of detail, so I went in with a brush and hand painted highlights of white and yellow so that he will really sing!
I also got  my nifty “Stonetrigger Press” stamp so that I am able to stamp each bag making them very unique to the press. Each linocut was hand carved and if you want a custom bag, you have over 50 linocuts to chose from and 5 different color bags all from my Etsy Store.

A custom linocut printed bag with hand drawings

A custom linocut printed bag with hand drawings

Buddy is now dry and ready to be sent to his new home!

My Daily Print Project

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We are now in the middle of March and I have printed and posted 69 items to my Etsy Store, some of which are now sold out. This all started as an experiment to make one print a day, open up an Etsy store to sell inexpensive high quality hand printed linocuts. These prints  reach a far wider audience and collector base  than the larger and more expensive projects that are made for gallery and museum exhibitions. And quit frankly it has been far more gratifying because of my direct interaction with people. Well, my virtual interaction with people, but never the less, it is far more engaging. In the two and a half months, I had 163 transactions on Etsy, with most people buying multiple prints, some even bought the whole first month’s 30 day set. There were just over 250 prints sold.  Of course I would love to double, triple, even quadruple that.

Starting this project is making a tremendous difference in ability to also work on larger pieces and to become self-sustaining. That is my real goal. You see I have lived in NYC for the past 21 yeas, teaching at Long Island University in Brooklyn and coming to Abiquiu, NM in my summers. I bought my NM house in 2010 and built the printmaking studio. It is my goal, to create a solid business where I can move out to NM permanently. So, every time you buy a print, not only are you getting a really great new original hand signed and dated artwork, you are helping me create the dream of living a simple life of making art, walking my dogs, running in the mountains, and enjoying the quiet beauty of New Mexico. Today I put three new prints to my Etsy Store. The super awesome bat, a beaver which I printed over the summer and a fox. If you like my FB page, and follow my blog you will get all the Etsy updates as well as my larger exhibition updates.

Right now my drawings prints and journals can be found at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs, KS, The Fuller Art Center, Los Alamos, NM, The Printmaking Center of NJ, and this summer it will be at  Lake George Arts Project’s summer exhibition Art @ The Lake, NY which will be followed by a Solo Exhibition in November.  And of course at my studio in NM,(until August 1) and on Etsy. Yes, it is an exciting time and I am always looking for new venues, recommendations, collaborations so please keep me in mind and please recommend my store to your friends. I really do appreciate it. 

Annie the Dachshund Linocut

30 prints 30 days, Prints, Small Print Store, stonetrigger press
Annie linocut on Japanese Kozo

Annie linocut on Japanese Kozo

Each time I make a dog portrait I try something different. It may be in the size of the block, a profile vs. full body, changes of paper or changes of color. Each one is very personal. I began “Annie” last week. Annie, one of the sweetest dogs I have had the pleasure of meeting, passed away a couple of months ago. After looking through a number of photos of her, I kept melting in her  side looking gaze.

There were a couple of things I knew I wanted. First, I wanted to show the pink and blue blanket, though there was only a sliver of it. Two, I wanted to have a separation between her brown and black. The only way I knew I could that is in a reduction linoleum block. This block got carved and printed 4 times over, pink, blue, brown, then black. Once all four layers were printed, I printed what remained of the block, which was quite a bit, onto 300 pound buff Rives BFK paper. In total I have 18 prints. Some were thrown away for begin off register, too dark or too light. I finished with an assortment 4 color prints on very thin Japanese paper, type types of Japanese paper.

I am beat. It was a super busy week. Spring is here and I had fences to mend, a race to run, orders to fill, grants to submit and groceries to buy. For those of you in the know, grocery shopping involves a 100 mile round trip, so it is time-consuming. But these are complaints, on the contrary, I am so lucky that I am able to do so much and have so much fun.  As I await the cinch bags to come in, I am starting on a 22″ x 30″ linocut. I will shoot a photo of the daily carving process. In the meantime, there are 64 items in my Etsy store, so check it out!
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Completely out of Printmaking Paper, Now what?

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Pigment dyed hand printed backpack

Pigment dyed hand printed backpack

I use my weekends to rest from my intensive printing, I have pulled more than 650 prints since January 1 with 60 new carved linoleum blocks. I use the time to run, attempt to be social, I say attempt so that I don’t have to hold myself accountable to actually being in  public, draw and come up with new ideas. Since I have also exhausted my entire paper supply, it is a good time to come up with new ideas. Should I buy more paper OR perhaps heavy duty cinch bags?

I did some mock-up’s today with the coyote and really like them. I love these bags. They are 100% cotton, pigment dyed, heavy cotton webbed straps, a zippered front pocket, 14.5″ wide by 17.5″ tall, 9 different colors. They are really strong, great for books and big enough for picking up groceries, and of course CUTE!

Nine colors of Stonetrigger Press hand printed bags.

Nine colors of Stonetrigger Press hand printed bags.

I mocked them up with Stonetrigger Press Abiquiu, NM printed under the coyote, but in linocut I can’t print text. I don’t want to go to silkscreen because everyone silkscreens. I want to keep these one at a time linocut printed.  I will work out whether or not I have the press name, and it is possible I print it separate or get a woodblock laser cut to print it. Now there is another good idea.

So if you had a bag what color would you want?