Monday, February 19, 2018
Last summer my wife and I went kayaking on the Buffalo River, a twist industrial waterway with huge gray cliffs of ancient grain elevators from the city's storied past. The rust, concrete and water made for a striking image.
This print (9x7, oil on Masa paper, shina plywood, printed on an antique book press) was an epic joy. With 14 colors in all, it is a record for me. Can't wait for kayak season!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Today's color pretty much sums it up though. I'm printing a risky layer of bright yellow over the entire print so I can have a tiny but important yellow object. I don't have to do it that way, of course. I could just ink a small area. I prefer this way as it keeps layer consistency.
It is risky because if I'm out of register by a hair, you will see that yellow peek out all over the print like little crescent moons.
So far, so good!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
"Buffalo Greyhound" 2018 Jeffrey Dean
Reduction woodcut, image 9"x7", Renaissance Graphic oil ink on Masa paper, 10 colors printed from a single shina plywood block, pulled on an antique cast iron book press and hand spoon-fed. Edition TBD
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
I first noticed the building many years ago as I took the subway down Main St, probably returning from Buffalo State College. The rounded windows, curved edges and stainless steel stripe across the canopy, along with the blue tiles, suggested that it was a little too retro to be authentic, and I assumed, up until fairly recently, that it was a 1980s homage to art deco. But authentic it is, and I'm glad that it has kept most of it's charm. As you can see, the canopy, which I'm told was neon-lit, extended up ward and included a tlied sign for the company. The sign doesn't show well here, and it has long since disappeared, but the scar where it attached to the building next door is still visible.
Monday, February 5, 2018
I have a couple of old color postcards of this building, and I had designed the facade tiles to be green. Fortunately, it still stands on Buffalo's Main Street. Still, it's hard to tell the color. Also fortunately, I discovered an article about the opening of the building in 1941. In the article they discuss the "blue tiles." This makes sense, being Greyhound colors.