Do you have an activity that seems to wrap itself around you and absorb all your time and concentration? Well it sure seems that I do.
Since my last report I've been fully submerged in my love of lino printing. They say nothing sharpens the mind like a good hanging. And it's the upcoming hanging of my work at the Calgary Stampede (Artists Ranch participating artists) that's been sharpening my focus since I last wrote.
I'll give you a sneaky peak at some of the results in a moment, but for now I want to let you know that I'll also be exhibiting at this years Vale's Garden Greenhouse. Don't laugh! This is a huge and popular event, hosting over 51 artists, professionals and quality amateurs alike. Thousands of visitors come here every year to buy art and plants, and generally have a good mingle. It's an opportunity for me to meet, and put faces to names, of some great artists we have. I'm very pleased to say that I will be the only print maker in attendance, and I'm hoping to put on a small demo. The demos go a long way to explaining the process in action, what I cannot always communicate in words. This event is in the town of Black Diamond, Alberta in June. More details will be posted nearer the time.
As well as that, my favourite museum is celebrating an event called 'Impressions!'. The Leighton Arts Centre is paying homage to one of it's founders, Barbara Leighton, and her love of print making. I recently saw some of her lino work that was put on public display, and I have to tell you, it was quite intriguing. Very delicate and highly detailed ...I came away still asking how she achieved such precision, such light. I've still got a lot to learn apparently! But I've been invited to submit some pieces for Impressions!, with perhaps an opportunity to put on a workshop later in the year. In a part of the world where there's very little lino work, every opportunity is an exciting one and an chance to educate the possibilities of this medium.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I've been away for a while. So here are some of the prints I've submerged myself in these past few months. The Calgary Stampede work will not be available for sale (on this website) until after the Stampede in July. There are several more still to be completed (not shown here.) As always, I apologize for the inaccurate lighting of these prints - but come and see the real thing! I'll keep you posted.
Calgary Stampede Prints (All prints 8" x 10")
7 a.m. Misty Morning
Break of Dawn
Red Barn Blues
The Gentle Hum of Fall
Shades of Blue
The Strangest Dream