What will happen on Day 31?

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Thirty prints in thirty days has been an amazing challenge, a huge amount of fun, and a project that just took off. I will stop it now. What is going to happen next?

I have given this a lot of thought. Those thoughts include, “I would really like to have Saturday and Sunday to work on longer projects, drawings, larger prints, or a “play day” out in the snow. I also want to print linoleum blocks onto soft cotton t-shirts and offer t-shirts.

For the month of February the project will look like this:

1. A new print Monday through Friday, still 8″ x 10″ still $20. 5 prints per week instead of 7.
2. No prints, no posts on Saturday and Sunday
3. I will use the weekend to carve larger blocks for t-shirts and offer 1-shirt a week. I will also offer your choice of color on the t-shirt. This will be a different image from the art prints.

See you on Monday!

Please send me your ideas and thoughts. I love hearing them.

Look Who Showed up at my house!

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Look who came to print

Look who came to print

Look who showed up at my house today, none other than Jim Lorenz, my Pop. I have not seen him in 2 years, he lives almost 1500 miles north east of here. I am glad I was home, it was completely unexpected.

He had  driven with my older sister, whom I have no idea when the last time I saw her was, from L.A. where she was living. She is moving to Chicago and they decided to pass through.

I gave Melissa and my Pop a quick printmaking demo. He chose to print an Elk.

Inking up the plate

Inking up the plate

I let him wear my handmade Italian leather apron. He quickly learned to lay out the ink and use the brayer to ink up the plate.

Jim Lorenz putting the paper down

Jim Lorenz putting the paper down

After putting the plate on the press bed, he put down the paper and then the cover board.
jim_lorenz-print3The behold, a new Elk print! He made three and took them with him. I could see he got a huge kick out of it, so did I. You can see he is pleased in the top photo.

They only stayed a couple hours, but we did get in a walk at Plaza Blanca and lunch at Bodes. I had already pulled today’s print before they got to my house. I would say, it was a pretty darn good day!

The Lizard King, print 12 of 30

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iguana, green, print, chine colle, jungle, small, affordable art

The Lizard King

The Lizard King, took a lot of finagling. Maybe it is because Iguanas like warm basking sun and it was only 35 degrees in the studio. The ink was freezing up, the antique Italian paper “chine colle” a printmaking techniques of printing and collaging simultaneously, was not sticking. The acid free adhesive said, “best used in 65 to 95 degrees.” I guess I was off by about 30. But after plugging in a small table top heater with a 200ft extension cord to the house, I have 10 good ones! It is a bright cheery Iguana, setting up on his perch. It will look great in a kitchen, entryway, kid’s room, bedroom or any bright place. The chine colle adds a really nice textural element.

Print comes unmatted and unframed, picture of framed work is only an example. Note, this print image is 6″ x 5″ you can see how it looks in the frame in relations to the other prints. Paper is still 8″ x 10″

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 never more than 10. I make these cleaver and fun prints available to you on a daily basis through January 31, 2015, This is print #12. And who knows maybe I will extend it!

iguana, green, print, chine colle, jungle, small, affordable art

The Lizard King, Linoblock Print

Seamore, Print 6 of 30

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Seamore

Seamore

In 2002 I was walking out of the “Q” line subway at Canal Street and saw a woman selling quarter size red-eared slider turtles in clear plastic boxes with palm trees, just like the ones my mom bought me 40 years ago. Back then we got the turtles at the Ben Franklin store in Whitehall, MI. The turtles were on a wall with other pets, one most vivid in my memory was a baby alligator. Of all the pets, she never let me get the baby alligator no matter how much I begged. The red-eared sliders never seemed to grow much larger than a quarter before they died, but  this one I was going to do my best to keep alive.

I walked  to my studio, then on Suffolk Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I was grinning ear to ear with my new turtle. I would call him “Seamore” as in the “Sea”, water, and “more”, wanting more of it. It helps having dyslexia to put such names, words and letter together that make perfect sense to me.

I put Seamore in my dearly departed dog’s water dish that I have kept around and filled it with distilled water. For the first year I kept him only in distilled water and hand fed him “turtle pellets.” Seamore grew. In fact today Seamore is 12″ in diameter and lives in a 60 gallon long tank with a basking light and water to swim.

Seamore is wildly friendly. He will follow people around, climb into their laps and ask to to pet. He will climb into the dogs bagel shaped bolster bed with them and hang out. No one believes this until they come over.

Conrad, Homer and Seamore

Conrad, Homer and Seamore

When Conrad was a puppy he was not quite sure what to do with Homer, but he did try to play ball.

Conrad_SeamoreIt seems only fitting that on his 13th birthday, Seamore have a print of his own. I carved the linoblock this afternoon and printed the 4″ x 6″ image on 8″ x 10″ paper. There are 10 prints available on Etsy for $20. 

Seamore, my friendly turtle is currently keeping my friend Lisa company in the Bronx.

seamore
The prints do not come matted or framed, but if you framed it, it might look like this:

Framed turtle print
My store on Etsy is titled: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress