Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Huntington Gardens

It was a beautiful day at Huntington Gardens in Pasadena,CA 
My nephew and I strolled through Art, Gardens, and Library collections

Enjoy the sites and maybe someday you'll be able to visit......and Happy New Year! 

A close up of a Robert Rauschenburg collage

Walks through the Gardens.........

"Campo Santo"  Maynard Dixon   oil 
Henrietta Shore...a pioneer of Modernism .. ... I love her work for obvious reasons...she studied with Robert Henri and was close friends with Edward Weston. She lived in Los Angeles  CA for a while,,,Weston was quoted as saying "Every time I see that cactus, I have renewed emotion, its a great painting"
"Still Life with Green Chair" Roger Medearis    1950    Egg Tempera on Board

so many rare delights for the book artist 

a color guide for White of the color formulas reads
 Purplish White: Animal- junction of the neck and back of a Kitliwake Gull; Vegetable- white Geranium or Stork's Bill; Mineral- Arragonite .....I'm so glad I have tubes of paint ready made!

Book binding masterpieces

Color etching of Grand Canyon
Interesting perspective guide

Ice Crystal Illustration

Oddities in the Animal Kingdom

a "pop up" guide to the human body

and...I just liked the expression on this guy's face....not sure what he's describing but its cool....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Parts of a book

During December I had a chance to play in a printmaking studio...
I've been experimenting with encaustic and mediums on  printing plates for  book content. 
I'll be teaching a 3 day workshop using these techniques at Fallbrook School of the Arts in 
August 2015
Details are not posted yet but send a message to me if you are interested! 
Happy Holidays to you all...

encaustic plates with water based intaglio inks

The press

Collagraph print 

Two versions of prints that I was considering for the cover of the book
The stamp at the right was hand carved and used in some of the pages of the book. 

and here it is Pods and leaves book...the binding will be a very unique woven approach....