Upcoming summer workshop Ink, Water, Wood: Mokuhanga Woodblock Printmaking, August 14 – 17, will be a good introduction and complement to my signature workshop Color Woodcut Printmaking, October 16 – 20.
This traditional Japanese watercolor woodblock printing method will be focus of the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference, which I am helping to coordinate as a member and chair of the International Board. I have a personal mission to develop the aesthetics, techniques and various approaches to woodcut prints world wide. This immersion into Ink, Water, Wood will refresh my experiences and prime me for the conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 10 – 13.
Following on the great success of June’s woodcut printmaking workshop, I will again offer Color Woodcut Printmaking Workshop, around our fall break time. Lots of interest and limited places, so make plans to join in. Here are some nice prints created in the workshop, and some of the great people who made those prints!
Artist in Residence Susan Eriksson was at Constellation Studios the first week of June. Susan is a mixed media artist, educator and geologist from Boulder, Colorado, who makes sculpture and installations from carved wood. She explored the printed transferal of her carved marks from blocks to paper, and will integrate these concepts into future work, referring to geologic strata and natural forms.
And meet this additional group of interns and volunteers who have contributed to the energy and development of Constellation Studios this spring! Thank you Mary, Adrian, Marissa, Ella, Matt, and Adrienne!
It was an honor to have artist and friend Jaune Quick-to-See Smith visit Constellation Studios during her whirlwind visit to Lincoln last week. Thank you Jaune for your support and insight on what this worksite means to our community.
Here is a composite view of details from the Blue Heron, as I am on the high scaffold level, finishing the mural last week. Things got into a good working rhythm with afternoon shade and great weather to keep the paint into that plastic state to push and pull the colors for blending and layers….really was fun to make the whole wall activated with energy, color and brush strokes. The best for me was to work on this scale and make details happen up close, realizing that no one will be this close again! See how this all contributes to the overall effect…and was worth it! Thanks again to all who helped me with the mural last fall, and who have been watching the progress this spring!
We had a great First Friday Celebration, and Spencer completed his WallWorks mural that afternoon. His painting is very intense, with interlocking design and illusions in a ‘street art” style. Congratulations and Thank you Spencer!
In the midst of a great group of people for the first Color Woodcut Workshop at Constellation Studios this week, and what phenomenal energy and excitement from everyone! The studio is working out beautifully, and so are the prints…..how exciting to have new color layers bring about big changes. I enjoy the conceptualizing and problem-solving with everyone….and these folks are fully engaged so we are all learning and artistically growing. Artists are here from the east coast, the middle regions, the Rockies, and from around here! Thanks everyone for joining in this experience, and for the next couple of days of printing woodcuts.