Thursday, October 31, 2013

Baltimore Studio Life

I have been in my studio for the past week
working hard on a series of new artist's books.

I was hoping to post them tonight, however, I
didn't finish.  The project is taking so much
longer than I planned.  

Thanks for visiting my blog -- 
may you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


  1. 1.
    mental or moral strength to do something that frightens you and you know is difficult or dangerous

  1. "In the matter of courage we all have our limits.  
    There never was a hero who did not have his bounds."
    Mark Twain

Monday, October 28, 2013

Heat Waves

50, 49, 48
blood boils
veins force steam through
every pore in her body
an electrical spike
Power Outage from an Internal Heat Wave, acrylic, beads on board, 2013
47, 46, 45
too painful to blink
each breath invites
suffocating orange burgundy flames

fire spreads to her feet
her knees buckle
she falls onto the cool concrete highway
speeding cars bring relief

Power Outage
a second feels like eternity

Friday, October 25, 2013

Monoprints of leaves

Autumn colors
Baltimore Leaves, Monoprint 2013, 10" x 12"
I love collecting leaves during this time of year
and making monoprints with them.
Handmade triptych book, 2009
These prints make lovely artist's books.  
detail of middle monoprint
I created this artist's book in 2009 and 
bound it with handmade papers.
Cover of triptych book

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When you're on a roll

make sure it is not 
down hill, grandma said
Acrylic, graphite, handmade paper on line paper,  8" x 10", 2013
to the bright eyed artist headed
to 25th Street and 11th Avenue.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Headline News

today.  Discarded newspaper tomorrow.

Newsprint doesn't make great pulp.  It becomes too mushy and the fibers don't bind.  However, it makes a wonderful base for collages as well as preserving stories from yesterday.

This image is part of my on-site art installation, Solitonusing newspapers.  Because the newspaper is 5 years-old, I thought it would yellow, but it hasn't.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

E is for Experiment

Some days I look at my experiments and realize 
not everything is going to turn out well.
I try to figure out 
what went wrong,
what went right,
what I can save,
what I can't save,
what I need to discard.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Linocuts - the history

An Inner Experience of the World
by Suzanne Coley
Derived from two latin words linum (“flax”) and oleum (“oil”) linoleum was invented as a floor covering in 1860 by English rubber manufacturer, Frederick Walton.  Around 1882 linoleum was manufactured in Germany at the Delmenhorst Linoleum factory in Delmenhorst, a city known for its cork and jute industry.  

Linseed oil from the flax plant is the main ingredient for linoleum.  Other ingredients included resin, pulverized wood, limestone, jute and pigment.

The first artists to use linoleum as a printing technique were German expressionist artists studying in Dresden.  

In 1905, four architecture students, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckle, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, formed the group Die Brücke (The Bridge).  They were later joined by Otto Mueller and Emil Nolde.  

In search of a new mode of artistic expression and wanting to free themselves from the past academic styles of their time, they expressed extreme emotion through their art by creating emotionally charged imagery in a raw manner, with vibrant colors.  

According to the Brücke Museum in Berlin,  “The "Brücke" style attempts the creation of pure expression through colour and form.  Painted motives such as landscapes or nudes in natural settings become the symbolic expression of an inner experience of the world Forms and shapes are reduced to their essentials and express the artist’s subjective feelings.  Traditional rules of perspective and academic proportion are abandoned to heighten immediacy.  In this context the artists gained important impulses from their examination of the art of indigenous peoples."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Linoleum Cuts

When I am working on a large series such
as Monsters, I buy rolls of linoleum.
The rolls are unmounted and measure 90 feet in length,
and come in widths of 12",  24 " and 36"
The advantages of buying the rolls:
1.  It is much more economical to buy these rolls,
than individual pieces (it gets expensive when you 
have a series of more than 50 images).
2.  You can cut these rolls into unique shapes and sizes.
 (the precut ones come in standard sizes and shapes)
3.  They can be easily stored by rolling them back up 
after cutting the desired amount.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Soliton - From artist's book to "moving image"

This is the second video in which I take words and images
from the pages of my artist's book and create "moving images."

About this on-going project:

This avant-garde series of illustrated books and printed media,
combining poetry and imagery, is inspired by Futurist artist's books
from the early 1900s.  Creating "moving images" from the pages
of my original artist's books allows exploration of the sonic values
of vowels and voice through the use of modern technology.

Words-Image-Sounds become new forms of "ZAUM."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Handmade Paper

handmade paper from discarded books, Suzanne Coley
Still working on experiments with handmade paper.
I've been using discarded books and seeing how
they hold up.  So far the new papers are strong
and can withstand various printmaking techniques.

I am going to get a scanner so I can post
more images of these handmade papers.
Right now it is difficult to show the intricate details.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Works on Canvas

When I am not making books and 
works on paper, 
I like to paint large canvases. 
I try to experiment in ways I am not able to do
with smaller works.  In the end, I use some of these
techniques on the covers of my large books.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Typewriters

When I don't have access to 
letterpress machines,
I use one of my vintage typewriters
to create text in my handmade books.

I love typewriter fonts.  The "O" on this
machine is a little funky and sticks.
The jet black ink makes the best
imprints on handmade papers.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Works on Paper
I created a small series while in NYC.
I was inspired by the vibrant signs.

Chinatown, NYC

During my recent visit to NYC 
I stayed at my friend's
apartment in Chinatown.  

As I walked around town,
I was so inspired by the medicine shops.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

News Room

Installation Art of my artist's book 


I want to explore how meaning
(poetry and images in my artist's books)
change when I use them in other artistic mediums.

What does this change look like?

I have done onsite exhibitions and 
art installations in NYC.
This is the first in Baltimore.  

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