Friday, March 30, 2012

Streaming Live Reception Party for Out of This World!

Out of This World: Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns 

Tonight is the opening reception! Watch it live here at 7:00pm:

When is the opening reception? : Friday March 30th, 7:00-9:00pm

Will there be FREE BEER & Live Music? : Yes, there will be free French Broad Wee Heavier and Live gypsy swing music performed by "The Buskbox Players"

Where: ZaPow/Spellbound 21 Battery Park Ave. Suite 101, Asheville NC

Cost : You guessed it FREE! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

ZaPow Gallery Setup Complete!

I just finished setting up my first display at ZaPow! Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. It's not a huge section now, but if it does well, then I will expand my space and add more work and crafts. I'm super excited to participate in an Illustration based gallery. It suits my taste perfectly and will be beneficial for me to be a part of as a growing artist and illustrator (oh dear, I'm starting to sound all Disney... no more of that, lol).

Check it out!


These last two pieces are a print and painting for the "Out of this World: Robots, Ray Guns, and Rockets" show that is opening next Friday at ZaPow! Sorry for the shoddy cell phone picture, but it was the best I had on me. I resurrected my old robot linocut and cut the new background block for it. Surprisingly, I didn't really have any ray guns or rockets in my collection other than my unfinished Better Brave than Bored big block. So for the painting, I basically took the design concept for the BBTB block and redid it in a better way. I had another painting of a space couple on a foreign planet watching the stars that is super darling, but it isn't finished yet. It's next on the agenda to do. Even though it didn't make it in the show, it'll still go up for display.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Leftovers III and TRex Skull Prints

I finally printed a tiny block for the Leftovers III print exchange! The size limitation was no larger than 5" x 7" and I have been wanting to reprint an old Resingrave block I made a while ago. The block is only 2" x 3". So in the spirit of using scraps (aka Leftovers) of paper, I tore down those skinny scraps you get when breaking down a full sheet of printmaking paper. I never had a good use for those, so this was perfect! I remember back in the print studio in school, most people just trashed those strips, so it's nice to put them to use instead of wasting them. Although it was a strange mix of papers... mostly random Japanese rice papers and a little Stonehenge.

Here's how they came out:

Hopefully whoever receives them won't mind the goofy dimensions!

While I still had a wet block, I went ahead and made a more formal edition of prints as well. I printed these on a natural Stonehenge paper. 

I loved using that Resingrave block. I have messed with a lot of the composite (non-linoleum) block surfaces, but so many of them break down or pull weird. I could use a Dremel on it for textural effects and still retain nice edges where I wanted them. Those blocks cost double what the normal ones do, but it's worth it for the quality. Plus, they ink amazingly! 

I decided to name it "Omnia Mors Aequat" as a sort of reference to the original print I used this block for, which has a "frame" linocut that this block fits into, and has a space in the bottom of the image for letterpress. The letterpress part quotes an old Memento Mori medieval poem which says, "Omnia mors perimit et nulli miseretur."

Anywho... the edition prints are available in the Shop if ya want one!