Saturday, July 21, 2012

Smiling at the Guggenheim

This Saturday evening my linocut, "Goose on Lake" won Third Place at the Orange Art Association "Orange Open". There were 220 entries comprising 9 categories. "Goose on Lake" won in the Drawing/Illustration-Print Making-3D category. The Orange Open exhibit is being held at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University in the City of Orange. By the way, the Third Place ribbon came with a cash prize!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"Callas of Descanso"

"Callas of Descanso"
Blended Roll Linocut Print, Ink on Paper
© 2012 Bernard Echanow

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Saddleback Steamroller WoodBlock Party" Ali's Video

Ali M., a fellow beginner in Vinita Voogd's printmaking class and a film production major, filmed the Steamroller event. 
His amazing 4-1/2 minute video can be seen in HD at this link,
The photo above is from Ali's video.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Chine-collé and a Goose

Chine-collé Linocut Print, Ink on Paper
9-1/2"x9-1/2" (approx.)
© 2012 Bernard Echanow

While I resolve video problems with my "Saddleback Steamroller Woodblock Party" post, I thought I'd post another printmaking project.

As a beginner, this semester's required projects listed in my printmaking class syllabus included two linoleum linocuts and prints, one chine-collé print, one blend(ed) roll print and one zinc plate intaglio print.

The 3-colored blended roll of my first linocut "Callas of Descanso" (not shown) and the black ink on paper of the "Goose" linocut (not shown) are currently on display at Saddleback College. I learned a tremendous amount on how to use the linocut tools between carving the linoleum for "Callas of Descanso" to carving the linoleum for "Goose".

Above is the linocut for "Goose". It is cut in reverse. One has to carefully consider what is desired in the final print - what areas are to be inked and what areas are to have the uninked paper color show through. It's a bit of a brain twister.

I derived the image from a photo I took in 2006 at Lago Santa Margarita. I've been wanting to use the image artistically for the past 6 years. The orignal photo can be seen below.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Saddleback Steamroller WoodBlock Party" 2nd Post

Just after the steamroller made it's pass, I pulled my first print.

The middle image shows a picture of the unprinted finished block a couple of days prior to the event. It was 24"x42". 42" was the width of the print paper.

At the bottom is my print hanging to dry.

I'll reload the video as soon as I resolve link problems.

(Disregard dates shown.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Saddleback Steamroller WoodBlock Party"

I'm attending a printmaking class at Saddleback College taught by Vinita Voogd. I think it's fair to say Vinita is an internationally recognized printmaker. One of the projects was to create a woodblock to be printed by a steamroller. That activity is scheduled for this coming Friday, April 20, 2012.

I finished the block early this afternoon...

For those who personally know me, yes, that is me holding a tool, a sharp tool...and I never cut myself!

Vinita is an incredible instructor and many of the class members produce gallery, if not musuem, quality work.

If all goes well, I'll post a pic of my print, "Cambria".

For more information see the Los Angeles Printmaking Society site.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ink and Watercolor

Still Lifes with Vase,
Pomegranate and Pear
For a very, very long time I wanted to combine drawing in ink with watercolor painting. That was a very readily achievable goal, but I put that off while I focused on other art-related endeavors (that's just another way of saying I procrastinated for a very, very long time).

In attending an energetic reception at one of our favorites, Schroeder Studio Gallery, a lonely clipboard, sitting off to the side, teased my curiosity. As I sauntered up to it, I spotted a sheet clipped to the board headlined “Ink & Watercolor Workshop Signup”. I decided not to argue with Fate. I gave Judy Schroeder my deposit.

I ended up spending a completely enjoyable Saturday and Sunday with a small, enthusiastic group of first-time-ever and intermediate level painters. At the very comfortable studio storefront, Judy Schroeder provided the instruction, guidance and creative spark. During those two days, Judy made sure that everyone of us got every penny’s worth of our workshop fee. She paced us through a series of assignments from testing permanent and water soluble ink pens and pen brushes by themselves, then in a variety of combinations with watercolors, and onto a final painting incorporating our favorite techniques.

Water and Pens Test Sheet

Judy’s studio contained all the source material, vases and plastic produce for still lifes and reference photos for scenic themes. Everyone us chose and arranged our objects and proceeded to respond to Judy’s challenges. I had no expectation of producing frameable work, I just wanted to learn and experiment. I left Judy’s studio Sunday afternoon feeling fully satisfied at having accomplished a goal, long ago imagined.

I’m finally posting some of my efforts from that weekend. Judy will be conducting another “Ink & Watercolor” workshop in June of this year, 2012.