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 :-)