Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hiking Class

Yes, that's right, I take a hiking class, and it's awesome. I decided to sign up for it last December because I wanted a good outlet for exercise and to learn my new surroundings a little better. There is unfortunately only one week left. Sad. Below is a slideshow of last week's adventure at The Land of the Medicine Buddha. It was Beautiful.
To see the slideshow on a larger scale click on one of the photographs below and it will link you to my Photo viewing website.

Monday, May 18, 2009

River Arts Festival and Kinetic Art Cruz

The Second Annual River Arts Festival was held last weekend in Santa Cruz at the San Lorenzo River park. The festival falls in the middle of National Bike Month and so there is a kinetic theme involved. It was basically a pedal power extravaganza! It was great to see the imagination and ingenuity poured into the bicycles that rode in the parade, but to be quite honest, they didn't hold a candle to the mobiles at the kinetic sculpture race in Arcata. That event is running this week, sorry we have to miss it.

Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata 2008

Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata 2008

Below is a slide show from Riverarts. Notice on the first picture a yellow blob on Fabian's shoulder. He got accosted by a drunk bumble bee. Poor guy.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Print

This is my newest print. Two copper plates of profile cameos with left and right brain. I cut the plates with a jewler's saw to get the rounded edges. Above is the proof, to see how the design prints. I was influenced by few different things. First was a picture on the cover of the NYTimes magazine a couple weeks back.

Other influences come from the cut paper cameos of my brother and myself that my mom has hanging on her walls and from the Artistic Luxury show I recently saw at the Legion of Honor. They had some amazing jewelry as well as some pretty cool Art Nouveau prints.

The second step was to toproll the plate in a warm grey and chine collet paper under the ink. Toproll just gets ink on the surface of the plate leaving the etched lines blank. I used maps from our cross country journey for the left brain and children's history stories or Chinese rice paper for the right brain. I like that toprolling over such a detailed image gives my etching an ambiguous look from faraway. You really have to get up close and personal to see whats going on. I really like the look of the left brain with the atlas, but I am not quite satisfied with the paper on the right brain. I would rather use topografic maps on that side, but cant find any used ones.
If anyone has any old ones lying around taking up space, I would be more than happy to take them off of your hands.