Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aluminum as art.

Once upon a time, I joined a group who were creating a periodic table with only the following requirements: your element must be made in a printmaking form, be 6"x6", display the atomic symbol & no. somewhere in your design. I picked two elements, Aluminum & Thorium. This blog post is dedicated to Aluminum! I am not going to go on and on, off on a tangent about how I love aluminum; you can read all about THAT in the listing for the print in my ETSY shop.

I just want to give the Aluminum print some extra love here :-) The project as a whole can be viewed here. This project was the brainstorm of Jenn Schmitt come to fruition. She collected all of the prints from the contributors and has put a lot of time into promoting our Printmaking Periodic Table and getting exhibitions lined up for display of the periodic table. I think that Jenn Schmitt is tops and appreciate everything she has done. No slouch of a printmaker herself, check out her ETSY shop here. She does really beautiful work & I enjoy how she layers colors.

Have a happy sunshine day y'all!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Before "The Absence," there was...

...."Liebe von Volkswagen"

Love of the Volkswagen is right. I've always had a soft spot for VWs. Nothing quite looks, smells or sounds like them. They are perfectly imperfect without apologies. They strive to be nothing else, they are copied from nothing else. In high school, I drove a 1976 VW Rabbit (not for long) & finished out my senior year in a turquiose 1965 Beetle. In 2000 I bought a VW Jetta TDI and have put 175, 000 miles on it. It is dinged here and there. It makes suspicious sounds at times. It is much more imperfect than perfect since the day I drove it off of the lot. The passenger window fell out again but I just love this car. What can I say, love of the volkswagen.

This print was my first try at reduction printing. For those of you not familiar with fine art printing, I used the same piece of linoleum to print all four colors. I started with white, then cut the lino for light gray, then cut the lino for dark gray, then cut one last time for black. This means I had to print in between all these cuts. AND to add extra adventure, I used no means of registration for alignment, just eyeballed it....cuz I like to add a pinch of madness to everyday life :-P

As I do not own or have access to a printing press, all of my prints are completely hand-pulled. It is a bit scary to do just one print, let alone 4 prints on top of each other! In the end, it turned out pretty cool but I am not sure when I'll do another reduction print any time soon.

Fortunately, I got some good prints out of this effort and you can check them out in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Break the Log Jam!

I've finally done it! Finished my first website. Yay! I've put everything else on hold to get this up. A neighborhood favorite, The Walrus Restaurant, recently changed hands. They've created a new look and wanted a website to go along for their customers.

Phew. Although, there'll be small tweaks here & there, its done baby :-)

If you are in the Bismarck, North Dakota area, you MUST give The Walrus a try. There is loads of good stuff, beers, etc. Seriously!

Check it out:

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Jill & the crew at The Walrus

NOW it is time for me to get a sketchbook or 2 done for Moly 59 and then Moly 58. Sound the trumpets.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

We shall refer to this period as, The Absence

Yes, yes, yes, I took a look at my blog the other day and realized that I hadn't posted since 2007. Seriously, 2007? What in the hay happened to 2008.

*hangs head in shame*

Truth be told, I was very busy with anything other than artwork for the majority of 2008 :-( boohoo. On the upside, I did get a new camera to play with but alas, haven't even posted any photography to prove it, so I must smack my own hand and get some stuff up here! Certainly the few followers I had have abandoned me by now!

For my artsy fartsy side this past year, I've had a few things cooking....oh....well...yeah, cooking has been part of it. Trying to keep myself fed as a new vegan has kept me in the kitchen and out of most restaurants AND fast food drive thrus. Anywho, I've currently got 2 more art collaboratives with Moly X and am working on creating a website for a local restaurant, besides my day job making technical drawings for a civil engineering firm.

So, in the future look for some posts about the Moly X projects, update on the Printmaking Periodic Table project, website design madness & photography.

*blows kisses* Thanks for peeking in :-)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Bizzy Busy Bizzeeee

That is what I've been lately. I need to get some new artwork listed in my shoppity shop but I've been trying to get another etsy shop together which is a collaboration of 2 great minds (har har har) called Marge & Vina, to make vegan friendly soaps, bath salts, home items....etc. We've got the shop ready to go, it is just waiting for me to list something....anything :-P Besides still trying to hash out some good formulae for soaps, I've got some upcycled bowls to list if I could just find my flippin camera! *to the oh tanenbaum! melody* "Oh cameraaaa, oh cameraaaaaa, where the hell have you gooooone" Ergo, what do you call on online seller who cannot photo her product? a non-seller *insert feeble rimshot here*

In the end, it is gonna be fun I think :-) You may visit the shop and with any luck, I will have found my damn camera by then so that you can peruse more than just the banner! weeeee. Also, the shop will be tying into my new-to-vegan blog once it gets cookin, good lookin. tah-tah!

To visit shop click here
To visit the bloggy click here

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Belly full, Gray day...

It is chilly and gray outside. My belly is full of hot, chicken soup from lunch. I've read about a half an hours worth of a new library book. I'm ready for a nap! I would love to jump into one of these beds for a some sleep....

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. ~Edward Lucas
The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. ~Charles Caleb Colton
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast. ~Author Unknown
Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it's time to get up. ~Author Unknown
Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds. ~JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002
The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can't get there, is the meanest feeling in the world. ~Edgar Watson Howe

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Avast! Ya scurvy dogs...

Today is September the 19th and that means only one is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrrrgh n shit. So for today, you can refer to me by my pirate name, Dirty Anne Rackham. Again, arrrrgh, i say. Arrrgh. Arrrrrgh! *insert a cough* ARRRRRRRRRRGH! Ah, that was much better.

Two years ago, I had decided that me and my friends should all dress up as pirates for Halloween and set out upon Austin like a roving band of hooligans. This we did and good times where had by all. Sure, some rum was consumed and I did lose my sword once after falling down and then rolling through an enormous rosemary shrub. No harm done really and I smelled fabulous for the rest of the night! Thank goodness I don't act like Dirty Anne Rackham every day...or I'd be a part of a whole other group...yeah. I'll admit though that it was a lot of fun to don some flashy, swashbucklin' clothes and a pirat'ish/english/irish accent for a night faux pillaging.

My advice to you is to give it a try, you might like it! Here are some links to get you started....

get yer pirate name:

study up! this site will ramp you up quick like:

respond to my blog and let us know what your pirate name is...we always like to see who's on the ship...