Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Getting ready for the Dunedin, FL Art Harvest this weekend! I have two new copper plate etchings: "Athena Glaukopis" (5"x7"); one tinted in watercolor and "Confidence" (3"x5"); a little striding harpy. I have two tinted in watercolor on that one all framed up.

Booth #225 if you're in the area, Saturday and Sunday November 7th and 8th, 10am to 5pm.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New etching(s) and a big-revamp of Studio Ibis. Oh, and I'm now a Roycroft Master Artisan. : )

It's the busy season to get ready for two summer shows: the Roycrofter's At Large (RALA) annual Summer Festival (June 27th & 28th, East Aurora, NY.) I was very pleased to learn that I have been elevated to Master Artisan status by RALA's master jury, and this will be my first time in a RALA show, after exhibiting outdoors at the very rainy and cold annual Roycroft Campus Conference in September, 2014. (But after my fingers and toes warmed up, I was delighted to find my work accepted into my third gallery, the terrific Copper Shop on the historic Roycroft Campus.)

Next up after RALA will be the always delightful 27th annual Cool Art Show, a juried show held indoors in the St. Petersburg, FL Coliseum. That'll be July 18th & 19th.

I do have a new 5'x7" etching completed in February, Athena Glaukopis, and a final state of another one finished last week: The Gossip Of Carps. That one will have final prints done as early as this weekend, if I can just get some framing done and clear the tables in the studio.

Additionally, I've done a pretty comprehensive polish on my website, Studio Ibis, which was knocked down by a malicious attack back in April. It's taken some time to find a more bullet-proof gallery plugin for Wordpress, but it's now looking a lot better. I've moved over my illustration work to Studio Ibis as well, since I don't intend to put my old hollybird.net site back up (which was deleted by my host provider as well). Do take a look and let me know if you find something not working, thanks!

Monday, January 5, 2015

An Arts & Crafts period digital portrait of a friend.

"Decembre" — scanned pencil drawing, colored in Corel Painter 2015 with digital gouache brushes, rice paper texture and 2B digital pencil.

"Decembre" - Pencil and digital paint, 13" x 6"

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Post-Thanksgiving projects.

A small Yule etching (3"x5") and carving on the next big Arts & Crafts style multiple-color block of the Anclote Key lighthouse. Or... a reduction block with a separate key block. Not sure which way I want to go with this one yet, but it's a big block (9"x12").

I don't have any shows definitely on the horizon until this summer, until I get any notifications on some of the recent applications I've made for spring (post annual Roycroft Master jury on March 1st). So, time to hunker down and get busy.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The 2014 Roycroft Campus Conference

Off to East Aurora, NY soon (near Buffalo) to the October 4th-5th Roycroft Conference, where I'll be part of the Roycroft Artisan-At-Large exhibit and demonstration outside on the campus. The car is packed to the gills; I'm bringing up my entire Arts & Crafts period display of block prints, along with the Future Faerie Tales of Florida. I'll be attending a lecture or two, and am really looking forward with hanging around the other RALA artisans during the weekend.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Grandiflora" — new reduction block.

Quick update: this is the finished "Grandiflora", debuted at the 2Cool Art Show in Gulfport, FL last weekend. Seven colors on Rives BFK paper.

From the previous December blog update:

I'm midway into a reduction linoleum block I started printing in November; now done with the blue ink as of last week and on to the green. I was hoping to have this done by the Palm Harbor show, but didn't want to rush things. It takes at least two days of drying the 26 prints in the edition before I can soak the paper again and run the next color. The blue background is now all carved out and I'm ready for the green of the magnolia leaves.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter outdoor shows — Florida style.

I just did my local art show last week in downtown Palm Harbor — literally, just down the street from my house. My first outdoor art show in over a year, so it was a low-key way to ease back in. My artist friends Joyce Curvin and Lorraine Potocki were my next-door booth neighbors, which made the 6am Saturday morning set-up bearable. And smoothly efficient; we were all able to help each other out in the dark. Bob came down with me and helped with my monster Trimline canopy set-up; between the two of us, we could get that steel-framed beast up fast enough so that I could get everything hung and organized before the official opening at 10am.

Once I was ready, well… things were quiet. I made *just* enough in the way of sales by the end of the weekend, but the PH show is more about showing the hometown flag and making contacts. I did sell one of my first new framed Ebb Tide prints, the first time I've shown them, and I was very pleased about that. All in all, great weather (maybe too great — everyone went to the beach!) and a nice weekend.