Studio

Screen Prints: Skulls + Flowers

Screen Prints: Skulls + Flowers

Some process shots of a new screen print called "Happy in The End." It's an edition of only 10 prints. Three-color print with hand-painted gauche leaves on watercolor paper. There are more skull prints on the way, so check back.

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Tools of the Trade: New Screens in the Studio

Tools of the Trade: New Screens in the Studio

My current project involves poster-sized screen prints of a hand drawn skull. Since these are going to be a standard size I ordered some pre-burned screens from the guys over at Anthem, and they look beautiful. Like most artists, I'm somewhat obsessed with materials and tools, and emulsion coated screens with images burned onto them are no exception. They give you just enough visual information to start imagining the final prints at scale, yet there are enough variables (the substrate, the colors, the inks) and decisions left to make that I immediately want to get to work to find out what the finished pieces will look like. 

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Labor Day and Holidays: Prepping for Upcoming Print Shows

Labor Day and Holidays: Prepping for Upcoming Print Shows

I'm thrilled to be participating in several holiday art events this coming winter, and in order to reduce last minute stress, I decided to work on printing and packaging inventory extra early. All Labor Day weekend I was busy fighting the forces of evil in preparation. Between creating new artwork, generating digital prints of past work, and packaging everything up for sale, I'm exhausted but happy with the results. I love having such a large stockpile of art on hand - it makes me feel very prepared! 

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Open Studios Wrap Up

I just wrapped up East Bay Open Studios 2014. The 4 full days over two weekends was exhausting yet again, but overall I thought this year was much more fun than last year. I shared a space with 4 other artists on Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. We had around 200 guests, and we had each other for entertainment. It was truly a great time. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! Here's some of the documentation. You can also see one of my fellow artist's (Nate Boxer) time lapse video of open studios here.

Still life at art show. 

Still life at art show. 

Nate Boxer's fairytale themed dice

Nate Boxer's fairytale themed dice

Me and my early 2014 paintings

Me and my early 2014 paintings

Laurel Cain abstracts

Laurel Cain abstracts

Paul Szymanski's sunset sihouette photography

Paul Szymanski's sunset sihouette photography

Guests at our 5 person open studio in Oakland

Guests at our 5 person open studio in Oakland

Paul & Laurel relaxing before guests started arriving

Paul & Laurel relaxing before guests started arriving

Nate's cards

Nate's cards

More of my paintings

More of my paintings

Laurel Cain' urban lanscape paintings

Laurel Cain' urban lanscape paintings

More of Paul's photos

More of Paul's photos

Emily Van Engel's industrial shadow painting

Emily Van Engel's industrial shadow painting

The gang at our shared open studio, 2014, photo courtesy of Dan Tennery-Spalding.

The gang at our shared open studio, 2014, photo courtesy of Dan Tennery-Spalding.

New Figurative Paintings

Whew! I finished up a handful of new paintings just in time for my June open studio. The varnish is literally still drying. I'm planning to show 12 new works during the open studio, all made in the first half of 2014.

Each painting in the series is a 24 inch square, 2 inch deep, hardwood panel with canvas stretched over it.

I used a combination of painting and screen printing. It's an elaborate process that roughly involves: sketching, inking, scanning, digitaizing, refining lines in Photoshop and Illustrator, creating screens, painting, printing, and painting and printing again. It's a massive amount of work per image, but with the combination of technical knowledge and free hand painting involved it appeals to both my detail oriented side and the side of me that loves to make a mess. The finished paintings have an ultra-smooth finish with great detail that usually elicits a response along the lines of "how did you do that?"

I've also been using a set of pantone color swatches and matching them back to acrylic colors when deciding on color schemes for the paintings. I'm normally more of a repetition & revision (rep & rev a la Suzan Lori Park) type of girl - deciding on colors as I go along and responding to the colors already on the canvas, so this pre-planned and methodical colorization is new for me. I love it though. Let me know what you think, and don't forget to drop by the open studios!