Friday, November 8, 2013

Carved, printed, then painted blocks

He Was So Normal  (4x4x2 pine block, acrylic paint, hand-carved)

We Never Knew  (4x4x2 pine block, acrylic paint, hand-carved)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Feel Me

 Feel Me (2012)  36" x 30"  acrylic on canvas

The Uncompromising Muse

The Uncompromising Muse (2013)  40" x 30"  acrylic on canvas

Key West Daily Cumulative Print Project - Feb 16 - 29th, 2012

Here are all the final two weeks of relief prints representing February 16th -  the day of my residency exhibition in Space2 at The Studios of Key West until February 29th, 2012 when it ended. 

All relief prints are from lino blocks approx 4" x 5"

Feb 16 - exhbition opens

Feb 17 - day after exhibition opening
Feb 18 - going off-island

Feb 19 - backseat view 

Feb 20 - what grows here

Feb 21 -  RENOUNCE GREED sticker on palm tree

Feb 22 - sunset celebration Mallory Square

Feb 23 - cyclists make it to Mile 0 marker

Feb 24 - cruise ship coming Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

Feb 25 - key deer

Feb 27 - last day carving on porch in the sunshine

Feb 28 - packing

Feb 29 - one last walk

Friday, February 8, 2013

Take Care (2012) woodblock 4 colour relief print, handprinted 24" x 48"

This large woodblock relief print was created for Hilary House, a historical site in Aurora, Ontario, famous for 3 generations of doctors living and working from the premises starting in the late 1800's.

Using elements from the historical collection I created an artwork depicting the story around a collections receipt found in the Hillary House archives. The actual receipt was enlarged and used as the background for this work and the woodblock print was hand printed onto it.

The story is told in three areas of the print as follows:

Source Materials for the Print from the historical collection

1)  A collections notice dated Dec 16, 1916, to Mrs. Holliday for $5 of medical services provided by Dr. Hillary. A handwritten notation on the bill states the Dr. credited her account $2 for the value of two bushels of pears,
leaving an outstanding amount of $3.
2) a fee chart dated 1914 for the cost of medical services the Dr provided
3) a 1915 Ladies of the Red Cross Auxiliary Cookbook found in the household collection

 TheTop Third of the print tells the story of Mrs. Holliday, an agricultural field worker who is picking pears when she has an accident. She falls from the ladder and fractures her pinky. The cost for the Dr.'s services is $5 to tend to her injury.
The Story of Mrs. Holliday's Injury
Several pears are hidden in the vegetable border like this one

Mrs. Holliday falls

Injury and Collections Notice detail

The Center Section shows Mrs. Holliday being treated by Dr. Hillary. As she lays on the horsehair couch in the front room of Hillary House, she grimaces in pain and balls up her fist while the Dr. manipulates her fractured finger. Dr. Hillary is shown seated on the three-legged stool which he used backwards so as to steady his arms and hands while performing procedures on his patients.
Dr. Hillary treats Mrs. Holliday

Grimacing while being Examined


The Bottom Third reveals the handwritten notation of the Dr. accepting partial payment for the outstanding bill in the form of two baskets of pears. Here we also see the family recipe for Pear Marmalade and the family dinner table set with a family member spreading the marmalade onto toast, a polite pinky in the air.

Two Baskets Pears

Pear Marmalade recipe and Enjoying the Food at the Family Dinner Table

Recipe and Marmalade on Toast

Working Non-Fractured Pinky Up Politely at the Table

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Colour Studies - Key West Colour

sea and sky
print size: 36" x 3"
ink on mulberry paper

sea and sky 2
print size: 36" x 3"
ink on mulberry paper

Colour Woodblock Reduction Prints

You Again?! or Life on an Island
print size: 25" x 12"
5 colour woodblock reduction print
2 blocks printed on one sheet of hemp paper

Hello Sunshine
12" x 12"
5 colour woodblock reduction print on hemp paper

Wash Over Me
6 colour woodblock reduction print on mulberry paper with gold flecks
portrait of Michael Haykin
12" x 12"