Screenprinting on Yupo

Recently I have been experimenting with silkscreen printing on Yupo, a synthetic paper. It is smooth and opaque or semi-opaque white.  Printing on it with waterbased silkscreen inks yields unusual results. First of all, the ink will sit on top of the surface rather than being absorbed, due to the smooth coating. So, in order to speed up drying time I use a hair dryer. The advantage of the slow drying aspect is that I can push the ink around in a painterly fashion, or sponge ink through the screen in order to make images, in addition to the more conventional method of using a squeegee.  These examples come from an ongoing series of imagery related to webs. The oval-like forms seem anthropomorphic to me, which is why I titled the images as I did.

Can You Hear Me Now?  Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

Brethren, Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

Condolences,  Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

Condolences, Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

San Francisco Art

I visited San Francisco recently and enjoyed the wonderful SFMoma. On exhibit were many contemporary works and a Magritte show. I thought I knew him, but there were several surprises there, including gouache works on paper. Got me thinking about revisiting gouache, a matte, waterbased medium that dries quickly. Here are a few highlights:

Prints to be Shown and Sold at the Artist's Library, Strathmore Mansion

I am delighted to have my prints selected for the Strathmore Mansion's Artist's Library, Rockville MD from March til July, 2018. I will have a wide selection of handpulled and digital prints on paper, with prices ranging from $50 and up. Come visit the mansion and collect high quality handmade prints from a local artist! The carousel below shows only a sampling...

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Cover of East City Art

My print entitled, "Hope is an Echo" made it to the cover of East City Art, a local Arts Weekly publication. By the way, the title derives from a poem by Carl Sandburg entitled, "Hope is a Tattered Flag"...I sometimes use poetry as an inspiration for art titles, usually after the art is created rather than before.

Hope is a Tattered Flag

Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time.
Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white
The evening star inviolable over the coal mines,
The shimmer of northern lights across a bitter winter night,
The blue hills beyond the smoke of the steel works,
The birds who go on singing to their mates in peace, war, peace,
The ten-cent crocus bulb blooming in a used-car salesroom,
The horseshoe over the door, the luckpiece in the pocket,
The kiss and the comforting laugh and resolve—
Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.
The spring grass showing itself where least expected,
The rolling fluff of white clouds on a changeable sky,
The broadcast of strings from Japan, bells from Moscow,
Of the voice of the prime minister of Sweden carried
Across the sea in behalf of a world family of nations
And children singing chorals of the Christ child
And Bach being broadcast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
And tall skyscrapers practically empty of tenants
And the hands of strong men groping for handholds
And the Salvation Army singing God loves us….

Carl Sandburg