Flashback: Blake’s Student Work from Murray State

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 in art, teaching | 3 Comments

I have been planning on making a post about student work from last semester for quite awhile now, but I have just gotten around to editing images from the end of the term. I now have a full catalog of work to reflect upon, as well as a couple months–and a few hundred miles–distance to […]

Listing and New Year’s Resolutions: Draw, Draw, Print & Draw!

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in art, life | 6 Comments

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s Resolutions. I pretty much like to make Resolutions all year long in the form of extended to-do lists. I LOVE crossing things off on lists. It’s so satisfying. In any case, my place-holder resolution for this year is, of course, to KEEP DRAWING MORE! I want to […]

DIY Scratch-Foam Art: The Poor Man’s Relief Print

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 in art, DIY, teaching | No Comments

So, how do you get kids involved in relief printmaking without all of the sharp knives and gouges and the inevitable bleeding thumbs? Scratch-foam boards. Okay, so they seem silly. They’re basically the equivalent of foam meat trays (which you can use in their stead,) but they hold up surprisingly well. And you can use […]

MAPC: No “Lotering” in Cape Girardeau

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 in art, travel | No Comments

We had a great time at our first Mid America Print Council Conference! We spent the last three days in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and had so much fun seeing exhibitions, visiting with old friends, attending panel discussions, ogling new woodcut tools and t-shirts and “lotering” about town with our roomie, Andy. The “Trail of Tears” […]

Story Maps: Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 in art | 2 Comments

My sketchbooks have always been an integral part of my life, my memory and my artwork. When I was in graduate school, I started a series of screen prints that emulated the relationship between text and image that emerges in my sketchbooks. I called these prints Story Maps. I combined autobiographical narrative with fantastical elaboration […]

Book Review: A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 in art, books | 2 Comments

I wanted to take a minute and let y’all know about this fantastic art book called A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking put together by my friend Matt Egan and his colleagues at East Carolina University. It features over 100 full color images of contemporary artist/printmakers and is a great way to take a gander at […]

DIY Eraser Stamps with Uncle Chuck

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in art, DIY | 7 Comments

While studying with the Amazing Hancock Brothers 2nd week of Frogman’s, Uncle Chuck taught us his famous rubber stamp technique. I will now share it with you guys so you can make your own fun rubber stamp collection! All you need to make these stamps at home is a pink eraser, a set of linoleum […]

The Amazing Hancock Brothers

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 in art | 3 Comments

I had a great time second week at Frogman’s studying with The Amazing Hancock Brothers: Charles + John. We learned down-n-dirty carving, printing, transfer and stamping techniques while chugging coffee and getting visibly winded. I got a 12″ x 12″ woodblock and a linoleum block of the same size carved and proofed during the week, […]

Addendum: Studio Right Now Update

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in art | One Comment

As I was working on the post I just put up, Nomadic Artists, Blake has been printing his most recent woodcut. He started this print nearly three years ago, and things kept getting in the way of its completion. He worked diligently on it at MTSU last week and has been carving in our down […]

Nomadic Artists

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in art, food porn, life | 3 Comments

After moving into our new place in Kentucky, Blake and I immediately took off for our friend Ann Flowers‘ wedding in Columbia, KY. Then we spent a fun-filled week in Murfreesburro, Tennessee with our friend Meghan “Shotgun” O’Connor as visiting artists at the Governor’s School gifted art high school students program she was teaching at […]