Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So, the last 5 blocks are the kanji for the 5 elements (water, earth, wood, fire & metal) which, combined with the 12 animal signs, make up the 60 year Chinese Astrology cycle.
I made these blocks to use with my zodiac animal blocks I made in December. Each year is assigned an animal sign as well as an element. My animal is rat and my element is metal, like so...
Prints are available for purchase at my etsy shop.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This fishy is carved on the other side of yesterday's fishy's eraser. He looks a little like he's smiling.
Here he is with his posse. (These guys were stamped before I carved the gill, so they're not smiling. Maybe they're in a bad mood.)
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I'm deviating from my underwater blocks just for today. Let me explain. I've been thinking of what to call my next set of Art*o*mat pieces - the blackbirds. I decided on I'll Fly Away, like the hymn, so that's been running through my head for days. This morning I read that Suzanne Pleshette died yesterday. I worked with Ms. Pleshette many years ago on a TV movie. She was a fast talkin', no nonsense dame. I like that. Then there's little Mia, my friend Tracey's baby. I won't go into that - suffice it to say that Mia was a tough little fighter. So the song in my head has seemed quite appropriate to my mood. That's all. Today's block is for people we've lost.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
It's a beautiful, snowy day here in the northeast. So, naturally, I'm posting about bathing suits. Say what? Here's the dealio - one of my recent graphic/web design gigs was for pleuf, a new line of beachwear for tweenagers. Check it!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I got circle blocks, how cool is that?
This is what my shelf of uncarved blocks looks like right now, packed full with 185 blocks. Yikes.
...and on a totally different subject - last night I dreamed I met Barack Obama on a Circle Line Cruise. Interesting.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Okay. This guy is the sixth and final (for now) of my new Art*o*mat birds (although only five are posted here because I did the first one a while ago). As soon as I decide exactly what I'm doing with them, I'll post some pictures.
And here I am...one week into this block-a-day thing, and I've already had three problem days. On each of said problem day, I made a block, hated it and made another. Not a good sign. All three were abstract patterny type blocks which were replaced by figurative blocks. I'm a lot better at figurative than abstract, but I'll keep trying.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Alright, alright, I'm starting a new project for 2008. Inspired by my friends Michael and Noah, I'm going to do any "every day" thing. So, every day in 2008 I'm going to carve, cut or otherwise create a block, plate, stamp or whatever, which I'll use to make a relief print. Here's my dealio - I'll make and post a print a day, barring technical difficulties (like falling off the grid, in which case I'll still make the prints daily and post them as soon as I get back on the grid). Sometimes they'll be complex and sometimes they'll be super simple, depending on what else is on my agenda for the day, and materials will vary. It happens that 2008 is a leap year, so that's 366 days of block printing. We'll see if I can handle that.
To start it off, here's a cheetah (a special request from Willie).
He's carved on a 4" x 6" piece of Blick Blue Easy-to-Cut linoleum.
rave on cats and happy new year