A few pics from Yellow Barn past classes and types of prints we do—In a new class called Printmaking without a Press, we will learn hand print methods that do not require a press, including geliplates and simple screenprints using stencils. So students will be able to learn techniques to do at home after the course is finished. For more info see my list of classes on the Glen Echo page and click on each one for a description, or contact me — Clare’s classes at Glen Echo this winter
A trace monotype is a simple and semi-direct printmaking technique. After inking a plate or surface, a piece of printmaking paper is placed on top of the inked surface. Using a pen or any other stylus-type tool, you draw the image on back of the paper. The pressure of the drawing tool picks up the ink on the paper as the pen bears down. When the paper is peeled off the plate, the lines appear on the paper. This is an easy way for beginners to get started with printmaking and requires no special skills or equipment. If you aren’t comfortable drawing freehand, you can trace a photo. I offer workshops in this technique in Bethesda MD—see my Classes page if you are interested in learning more.
Join me at my new studio for small, relaxed workshops—short in duration, they are easy and do not require a long commitment. Sign up for one or several! I will continuously be adding more as time goes on…Register on the classes page.
Moving to the new Triangle Studios in downtown Bethesda Maryland where I will be offering classes, exhibiting art and selling my work in the gallery space. Here are some initial photos to give you an idea. The spaces are beautiful and centrally located near restaurants, shops and an easy parking garage. Check here for a class schedule!
Recently I discovered a great way to combine vintage papers such as old maps, gazettes, discarded prints from the pile in my studio, along with 3-D elements such as beads, string, layers of additional paper. The example shown here contains a page from an old map that I gel-printed over with transparent inks, followed by a cut out bird from an old screen print, which I adhered so it rises off the surface. That was followed by beads applied with medium. The whole print was then applied to a cradled wood panel with Studio Tac, an adhesive paper that is a lot neater than glue or medium. Now it’s ready to hang!
Started to paint with watercolors on Yupo, a synthetic paper with a smooth surface. Painting on Yupo creates unusual effects, since the paint is not absorbed into the paper. As it stays wet for a while, I can move the paint around longer. The paper is semi-translucent also. Dance #5, shown here, is an example, I have framed it in a simple silver frame and will deliver it to the buyer soon.
This fall I will be teaching often in the DC Metro area. Please see my "Classes" page for a complete list of classes in monotypes, screenprinting, Printing without a press, Digital Drawing and Painting, iPad art and more!
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.
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:
Meet me at the Fluid Dynamics Art Exhibition, Atrium Gallery! We will have an informal look at the exhibit and chat with the artists!
City of Takoma Park, MD - Municipal Government 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. Saturday June 9, 11-12:30
Delighted to be juried into the Bird Exhibit at the Ann-Marie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Dowell, Maryland!
Digital Tapestry included in the exhibit, "Fluid Dynamics" in Takoma Park Md, Spring 2018
New exhibition opening May 10!Read More
Spring Art Classes at Yellow Barn Studio, Glen EchoRead More
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...
For more information, visit their web site:
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….
I will be teaching a Monotype class March 6 and 13th, Tuesday evenings!
Enjoy the expressiveness and versatility of monotype printmaking. Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints made by adding or removing ink from a plate which is then printed using a printing press. Additional layers can be created by adding other elements to the plate and passing it through the press one or more times, resulting in rich, multfaceted images.
Class will be using water-based AKUA inks, brush, stencils, and different papers to create colorful, painterly prints using the printing press.
All levels are welcome.
To register, go to Pyramid's Workshop page: http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/product-page/introduction-to-monotype-with-akua-water-based-inks-march-6-13-6-9pm
Members receive a discount!
I will be teaching Screenprinting in January!
Interested in learning the basics of screenprinting or becoming certified in the screenprint studio? In this workshop, you will learn how to work independently in the darkroom and studio. Participants will learn the basics of preparing images, exposing screens, and printing with water-based inks. For more information see PyramidAtlantic's Workshop Page
Join me at the opening reception of a new solo exhibit of handpulled monotypes-
Fisher Gallery at Northern VA Community College, Sat Feb 10 2-4
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
4915 East Campus Drive
Alexandria, VA 22311
Parking will be available in the Visitors Lot. Lite refreshments and beverages will be served.