Moth Migration – 2nd update

Exhibitions

Sorry I have no pretty pictures today. I have been teaching the last two days and did not have time to print. But I have a new crop of questions that I want to get out. You may have one of these questions on your mind.

Do you want the name of the moths?
Yes, please tell me the moth species. You may write it on the card with your name and address when sending in your moths.

Does my moth have to look exactly like the real thing?
No, not at all, you may take all the liberty you like.

Can I send you 5 different moths?
Yes

Can I send you more than 5?
Yes.  My goal is 40,000 + I am hand printing about 4,000 myself between now and May.  I will print each myself but get help in cutting them out.

Does the paper have to be two sided?
No, it does not. The paper can be just black or white or grey without any detail. It can be detailed on one side or both if you really want to make that,  but it will not be well seen on the bottom. Because I am making several thousand myself, I am using old prints and drawings as my moth paper. I am printing on the “clean” side so there will be texture and marking on the bottom. It is also essentially “free” paper since I already have it.

Does the size you listed 1″ to 6″ include the wings?
Yes, that size is the total for the largest areas of the moth, whether it be the height or the width. That way it will be into an A4 envelope.

What exactly do I need to be a moth ambassador?
Moth Ambassadors are people not living in the US and who would like to gather a group of 5 other people to make moths, but shipping from their country could be cost prohibited. I do not want to deny people the opportunity to participate simply because of postage. Moths must be all packaged together from one location  in an A3 or A4 sized envelope and send international standard mail, no express or special services. Please confirm you want to be a moth ambassador with me. I will need a copy of the the receipt of postage from the post office. (This is for my tax purposes since I am self funding it)  Receipt can be send via email.

As always, I am deeply thankful for your participation and so excited to see how all this will unfold. More photos will come this weekend.

Please email your intention to participate and questions to: mothmigration@gmail.com

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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. 

 

 

 

LMCC Process Space Resideny

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Look at this glorious view of the New York Harbor. Five days a week I have the opportunity to jump aboard the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen ferry at the Govenor’s Island terminal for my seven minute ride to my beautiful new studio, where I am a participant in  of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Program. A residency that one gets invited to apply for through only after an anonymous nomination. Thank you sincerely to my nominator!!
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I love the ride on the ferry, while short, the views are fantastic.
Once on the island, it is less than a two minute walk to my studio. I moved in today, bringing with me a few of my friends.
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Of course all this water has me thinking about boats. I had the original idea of building a canoe while in residence, and I just may start that but in miniature form and with the help of a kit. By July I will have a life size sea-worthy boat to paddle my way back to Brooklyn. Not have any idea of the laws and safety needed for the NY waterways, I found a boating safety course in April. But in the meantime since I only had paper, I made this tiny canoe today and had fun taking photographs of it. I am already dreaming about being on the open water. toy_boat_lmcc_resident_Lorenz

Original Watercolor Collage, 7″ x 5″ Dancing Bear

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Original Watercolor, 5″ x 7″ with Collage – Click to Purchase

This could be my favorite after the canoe. It is a weird and whacky dancing bear with a big coyote looking on from the side.

The bear is a linoleum block print that is cut out and collaged onto 300 pound Arches Watercolor Paper. The coyote is a digital archival print that I had made for my image transfers onto journals, but instead he made it into this artwork.  The yellow-ish tan paper with red lines is at the bottom is  vintage Italian  paper. The brown paper with black lines is linoleum printed cut up and collages. I then hand drawn watercolor with my favorite Schmincke super high quality natural gums, water-soluble  pigments.

Artwork comes unframed, this is only for reference.

Artwork comes unframed, this is only for reference.

This is what he would look like in a standard black wood frame. I think this is my favorite as it brings out the black of the bear.  But I also have an example in white. Frames are not included they are only for reference.

frame is only for reference

frame is only for reference

I like the white white frame. The dancing bear would look super cute in a paneled study, a kids room, a country house, cabin or urban chic apartment. It is perfect  for a wall that demands a smaller size artwork, image 7″ x 5″ displayed in a 12″ x 9″ frame. He is now available on my Etsy Store by clicking here.

Sold-Original Watercolor with Linocut Collage, Beaver -30 DAY CHALLENGE – #7

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Original Watercolor, 5″ x 7″ with Collage – StoneTrigger Press ETsy

Ah, the beaver, those semi-aquatic, primarily nocturnal rodents, master engineers that dam up rivers and streams sure are cute little critters. My dogs Conrad and Homer look very much like beavers when they are out swimming.

The beaver is a linoleum block print that is cut out and collaged onto 300 pound Arches Watercolor Paper. I then hand drawn watercolor with my favorite Schmincke super high quality natural gums, water-soluble  pigments. At the top are hand cut shapes from vintage Italian  paper.

Black Frame  Not included with artwork

Black Frame Not included with artwork

This is what he would look like in a standard black wood frame. I think this is my favorite. But I also have an example in white. Frames are not included they are only for reference.

White frame not included

White frame not included

Here is the green and yellow drawing in a white frame. He would look super cute in a kids room, a country house, your sea-side cottage, or a wall that demands a smaller size artwork, image 7″ x 5″ displayed in a 12″ x 9″ frame. He is now available on my Etsy Store by clicking here.

Sold-Original Watercolor Drawing with Collage, Seamore, The Red Eared Slider

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Original Watercolor, 5

Original Watercolor, 5″ x 7″ with Collage – Click to Purchase

He is back, Seamore the Red Eared Slider, but this time better than ever in an original watercolor drawing. Seamore is a linoleum block print that is cut out and collaged onto 300 pound Arches Watercolor Paper. I then layer up hand drawn watercolor with my favorite Schmincke super high quality natural gums, water-soluble resins, and pigments. On the right are two stripes of vintage Italian hand printed paper. He is gorgeous!

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White Frame Not included with artwork

This is what he would look like in a standard white wood frame. I think this is my favorite. But I also have an example in black. Frames are not included they are only for reference.

Black Frame  Not included with artwork

Black Frame Not included with artwork

This is all part of my July 30 day watercolor challenge and it is a a fun challenge. It is exciting to have the pressure of getting each one made and working in such volume forces me to take some risks, and risk in art is always good! As usual this is available at my Stonetrigger Press Etsy Store.

“Buddy” is back! Now on a cinch bag

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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!

The Language of Animals

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Rabbit Linocut beginning, 24" x 18"

Rabbit Linocut beginning, 24″ x 18″

I was a quiet on the blog this past week, but not quiet in the studio. After a big clean-up, I began this 24″ x 18″ rabbit linocut. It is  half way carved and I hope to complete it by Sunday. The rabbit will be in my exhibition at Lake George Project Space in Lake George, NY, in November. The title of the exhibition is “The Language of Animals.”

The exhibition will be of large prints and drawings collaged onto the walls similar to my Wave Hill exhibition last fall. The biggest difference is all the animals and mountains I plan to draw and print will be from the Adirondack Mountain region.

The gallery is having a  benefit exhibition this summer and I plan to make a whole series of Adirondack Animals in the 5″ x 7″ format I have been printing. Between now and June I will make a new moose, shrew, fox, Canadian lynx, weasel, raccoon, woodcut, beaver, bat, and bobcat. I may also make a new river otter since the last one was so popular. If you have a favorite ADK animal, please let me know. After a short studio break, I will be back in full force doing 3-4 different prints a week!

Four minute video of Cool Printed Bag

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I am very excited to share the latest addition to my Etsy Store, a demonstration of the cinch bags and how they are printed. You can even custom order your bag color and what linocut you want on it!

The first bags hot off the press:

Cinch Bags, Coffee, Pink, Khaki, Red and Tan

Cinch Bags, Coffee, Pink, Khaki, Red and Tan

Khaki  Cinch bag with Feral Kitty  Linocut

Khaki Cinch bag with Feral Kitty Linocut

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Coffee Cinch bag with coyote

Red Cinch bag with Coyote Linocut

Red Cinch bag with Coyote Linocut

Tan Cinch bag with Coyote Linocut

Tan Cinch bag with Coyote Linocut

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.