Sunday, April 25, 2010
I'm not sure why we are so fascinated by ruins. I mean, if you're so touched by the wonder of a once proud structure left to the whims of the elements, you'd be enthralled and captivated by our crumbling bungalow here in South Buffalo.
Alas, this castle, which stands strong near Doolin, Ireland, is not a ruin, having been purchased and rehabbed and made into a summer home for an American family, according to Wikipedia. I found the building by accident one day while researching something else. This round structure standing by the edge of the sea fed my dreams of going to the homeland (I'm about 1/10 Irish, but my liver is 90%).
According to one source, the name of the castle means "fortress of the goats." Nothing against goats, but my wife prefers sheep, and so that's what we have. The studies for the sheep came from a small herd at Knox Farm Stet Park in East Aurora. I highly recomment stopping by before the state shuts it down.
The image is 6X4 inches, printed in seven colors from a single block of birch plywood. Edition of 6, printed in oil-based inks on cream-color cotton paper.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Meanwhile out in the dark, dark forest lurks a few disembodied spirits eager to hear the tale!
I love the dark background of gnarled trees -- done in blue-gray, blue black and, finally, black. The back rows of trees are a subtle contrast against the black, and give the close-up viewer a little bit of a surprise. The tent absolutely glows in the foreground and really brings a mood of camping fun and comfort -- evin amid the menacing surroundings. Six color reduction woodcut printed on cotton paper with oil-based inks from a single birch plywood block.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Ah, so I took a little break, and now I'm back to "Ghost Story."
This is color number two, and I've very happy with it. I think it's going to be a good one (and NO MOON!)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I actually thought I had lost all of the copies of it, and in my mind, I thought it had been a 6x4 print. It is 8x10, a size I experimented with for about a year. It was printed in the old days before I had a press, and I would ink the block and then burnish the back of the paper with a wooden spoon.
Oh, indeed, it could be a candidate for the hallowed walls of the Museum of Bad Art, and I may send them a copy. The mother at the door, though she's supposed to be covering her mouth in shock, may just as well be saluting the soldiers at the door. Her dress looks as if it was shredded by a cat. And can you say CANKLES? The flag is pretty awesome if I may say so myself, but that lamp is from the Picasso collection at Value City. The girl? Well, she's unfinished, but really, she looks more like Mrs. Gaines, my grandmother's old neighbor from the Elmwood District (she had a mustache you could comb, and she was so crazy crazy people would go "Whoa!"). Other than that, it's just lovely. Just wanted to share.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
A new contest is coming up in a few weeks, so stay tuned, and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
In case your computer can't pick up the subtle colors, the moon is pale yellow, and the moon glow and highlights are a very pale moonglow blue. In fact, that's what I call the formula. Moonglow Blue. It's also a good band name.
The areas where it looks like the ink is missing are areas where the board had wide grain. Although I like having the grain show in my work, I found it was distracting in the large field of black. I attempted to overload the block with black ink. However, when going through the press, the pressure would cause the paper to skate over that thick layer of ink. Ergo, I lost five on this edition. The good news, there are five beautiful pieces available at etsy.com (click on the press at the top of this page).
I put the print on the mantelpiece and my wife and I spent some time discussing it. Then we both got quiet. One yawned, then the other. I recommend this print for a bedroom, maybe a child's bedroom. Because I'm getting drowsy right now. Look at that happy, napping cat. Sooooo snuggguhwqdddddddbnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The image is 6"x4", and is 8 colors of oil-based ink on lightweight off-white French-made paper.
The print was inspired by a quote, now forgotten, concerning hope, which I had read during a particularly dark and worrisome time in December. This image came to me, and I am thrilled that I was able to recreate the image on paper.
While it is common to print from lightest color to darkest, I chose to print the water darkest to lightest, hoping that the water would take on more texture and a more "mottled" appearence, particularly in the foam.
For information on acquiring this or other prints, please visit my etsy.com shop.
Happy 2010! It is indeed the year of the tiger. I'm very excited about the new year and the work that lies ahead for Napping Cat Press. Here I am just before Christmas with our Vice President of Morale & Bellyrubs, Solstice (Ticey). Ticey was rescued from Hamburg, NY's Ten Lives Club.
Originally from Kentucky, Ticey was sent up here all boney and scraggly and with just a few teeth left. Now, she's the happiest cat in the bunch, and has a bit of a winter paunch (despite her dental situation, she misses no meals). A lot is written about helping out shelter animals, but the fact is -- and it's been proven here at Napping Cat Press time and time again -- inviting a pet into your home is actually helping the human. And boy to we hairless monkeys need help.