Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Solstice "Ticey" Lawton Dean, Napping Cat Press CBO, 2006/2007-2018

Solstice "Ticey" Lawton Dean passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 after a brief illness. She was 11.

Born in Kentucky, Ticey was homeless and suffering from gingivitis which robbed her of most of her teeth. Brought to Hamburg in 2007, she quickly adopted Jeff and Amy, who nursed her back to health. She retained one silly fang, which often caused her to make funny faces, to the delight of the staff at NCP.
She rose through the ranks at NCP, quickly becoming CBO (Chief Bellyrub Officer).
Her hobies we're sun puddles, warm quiet laps and ham.
She leaves behind a Ticey shaped hole in our hearts, roughly the size of everything.

Bless you little friend. We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when..

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Field of Dreams

Several years ago my wife and I were driving to East Aurora to see a movie. We love to take the country roads for the scenery. There is a farm just outside of town that is beautiful in any season (even the godawful endless Western New York winters). That summer, there were two haywagons and a tractor out in the field, just begging photographers. We stopped and started snapping photos, expecting to enter the into the Erie County Fair. We never did. I came across the photos last week, and they were demanding artistic attention. I recently constructed a new jig for printing that allows me to use rainbow rolls (the blend of color in the sky; also used for the grass and trees). I'm very happy how this 9x7 8 color print went.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Rainy Day Rainbow Roll

I used to work very small -- 6"x4" -- and while I loved that size, it had too many limitations for the work I wanted to do. I started the larger sizes (9x7) about 13 years ago, and it has challenges of it's own.

On the small blocks, I could easily do a rainbow roll, vertically or horizontally. My largest brayer is only 6 inches, so if I'm doing one, I need to be creative about it. The biggest problem is that -- for the last couple of years -- I have, until right now, been using a large block with registration grooves cut into the edges. While this is good for registration -- REALLY good -- it is also very hard to get full coverage with the roller.

I finally built a jig that allows me to pop out the block to ink it, which means excellent coverage, and more rainbow rolls.

Rainbow rolls allow a printmaker to put multiple colors down, and also to use the gradation to show atmosphere, distance, shape. This should be a huge gain in my work.