News - 2018 Desktop Calendar

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My new 2018 Desktop Calendar is available now.  Click HERE to grab your copy!

I'm so please with the print quality and colors which just pop off the page! There are 12 individual pages plus a front and back cover. Every month features an original design which is pulled from my year long #52weeksofprint project.

Each 5" x 7" page is printed on heavy cardstock using archival inks. Pages include a convenient center hole punch for hanging.

*BONUS * All orders will include a small wood easel to display individual pages.

Desktop Wallpaper - October

I wanted to share this FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER. Rather than have several sized wallpapers, this series is available in the four most common aspect ratios for computers. The design is pulled from my year long project #52weeksofprint - a series of block printed designs.

If you are not sure of the correct aspect ratio for your computer simply find out your screen resolution.  For Windows this can be found on the Control Panel under Display.  For Mac click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen. 

To download, click on the appropriate image below and right click then set as desktop wallpaper.  If you have selected the correct aspect ratio your image should load without needing to be stretched and should not be blurry.  Enjoy

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Design - New Patterns

The above patterns represent a different direction for me. I have always shied away from character drawings. Getting the proportions and facial expressions "correct" was a source of intimidation, I was never happy with the results. To challenge myself, I embarked on a small side project to practice drawing subjects that are outside my comfort zone, with each attempt I found myself more focused on figure drawing. I hope to continue this new series called " Ladies Who..." So far I have developed "Ladies Who Swim" "Ladies Who Bike" and "Ladies Who Golf"
 
As a side note, my "Ladies Who Golf" pattern elicited comments on social media to the effect that my design was not racially diverse, my ladies were all white. It never occurred to me to draw politically correct figures, I draw what I know. I play in a golf league and I do not believe there are any women of color in our group - not by design, it's just the way it is.

That said, I am open to suggestions and appreciate feedback, the remark got me thinking..perhaps my designs would be more universally appealing if I were to include more women of color. My latest pattern, "Ladies Who Tennis" is the result of that experience.  

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Design - Screen Printing 101

I have long admired screen printing. I love the crisp image that results from the process. I love that by layering translucent ink, you create a third unique color where the original two colors overlap. Screen printing also allows for a consistent print result and multiples/volume prints are more easily achieved.

I have been feeling very "comfortable" with my block printing and decided I was ready to "take the plunge" into setting up my own screen printing space. The first challenge was how to make my own transparencies and how to burn my own screens (I do not have a dark room nor an exposure unit) After much searching I located a company that will handle both these steps - I send in my own original artwork, sized to the screen I want use for printing purposes and they send me back a fully processed screen ready for ink. I successfully pulled my first few prints and I am looking forward to doing more.

News - Uppercase Magazine Mention

I love it when creatives recognize and celebrate the work of other artists. Uppercase is a wonderful publication by Janine Vangool which is published quarterly.  The magazine serves up an interesting mix of subjects, each story lovingly told and often profiling unknown artists. Each page celebrates the artist and features stories about their work as well as their creative journey.

Janine sends out a weekly "All About You" email blast which introduces her readers to a "yet to be discovered" artist.  I was very fortunately to receive a mention in her latest email.  I'm so grateful - thank you Janine for taking the time to feature my #52weeksofprint project.  If you would like to learn more about my project, click HERE and HERE

Desktop Wallpaper - August

I wanted to share this FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER. Rather than have several sized wallpapers, this series is available in the four most common aspect ratios for computers. The design is pulled from my year long project #52weeksofprint - a series of block printed designs.

If you are not sure of the correct aspect ratio for your computer simply find out your screen resolution.  For Windows this can be found on the Control Panel under Display.  For Mac click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen. 

To download, click on the appropriate image below and right click then set as desktop wallpaper.  If you have selected the correct aspect ratio your image should load without needing to be stretched and should not be blurry.  Enjoy

Aspect Ratio 4:3 800x600 1024x768 1400x1050 1600x1200

Aspect Ratio 4:3 800x600 1024x768 1400x1050 1600x1200

Aspect Ratio 16:9 1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440

Aspect Ratio 16:9 1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440

Aspect Ratio 5:4 1280x1024 2560x2048

Aspect Ratio 5:4 1280x1024 2560x2048

Aspect Ratio 16:10 1280x800 1440x900 1680x1050 1920x1200 2560x1600 2880x1800

Aspect Ratio 16:10 1280x800 1440x900 1680x1050 1920x1200 2560x1600 2880x1800

Inspiration - #52weeksofprint

When I first started my year long project #52weeksofprint, it never occurred to me that I would experience periods of boredom and would feel unmotivated. The month of July was a struggle to complete.

I've realized I was uninspired by this month theme "Shapes". Oddly enough I was excited when I first selected the prompt for the month but as I actually sat down to create, I felt nothing.

To combat this boredom, I found other more interesting creative projects on which to focus. I suppose it's normal to experience moments where ideas just flow and others where a blank page endlessly stares back at you. Make no mistake, I was plenty creative and was able to accomplish a lot however my energy towards #52weeksofprint was waning.  

In addition to not "feeling" this month theme perhaps to some degree, I have learned all there is to learn. That is to say, I've learned all I am able to teach myself.

I have been using a soft-cut rubber material for all of my carvings. I know there is only so much detail you can carve with this particular medium. I should perhaps as the project continues, look into carving more complex designs using linoleum. Linoleum will allow much finer detail plus I can explore new tools which are required to be successful with this type of block.

Finally, I am already beginning to explore screen printing and love it. I think I will redefine the original scope of my project by expanding it to include more complex designs using linoleum as well as screen printing. These two medium may require a bit more time to complete so rather than creating a new design every week, I will allow 2-3 weeks for each depending on the actual design and printing technique.

The beauty of creating you own project, is that you get to change the "rules" You can follow along on Instagram for daily updates.