post how we are dealing

June 24th, 2010

Filed under: Baltimore,thoughts — nics @ 9:30 pm

I think this photo reveals how everyone was feeling in hot as hell Baltimore today. Ugh! I spent most of my day locked in my bedroom (only room with an AC) and trying to ignore my overall feeling of lethargy. Now that it’s 9:30pm and it has finally dipped below 90, I am venturing out and trying to do something more productive.

On a happier note, I did get to spend the weekend with Ben. And the heat gave us an excuse to not do much, sit around, eat a lot, drink a lot, and watch movies.

But, man! Am I behind on everything!!! This heat has got to stop!

post What happened at Penland?

June 16th, 2010

Filed under: art,travel — nics @ 1:40 pm

Well… I made some art and met some wonderful people and ate a lot and worked my butt off and got not much sleep at all. In other words, it was pretty awesome. Above is an etching/aquatint/screenprint lift-ground/chine colle (sounds pretty snazzy doesn’t it) titled Texan Ingestion. I chose the title because part of the image is from a small portion of a Texas map and I think this guy is ingesting something – who knows what. It is the only print I had time to edition (edition of 7), unfortunately. It’s pretty small: 6″ x 8″.

And above is a monoprint/xerox transfer. Please excuse the quality of image I got from my sad dying camera and lazy lighting situation. This one’s bigger: 15″ x 22″ (too big to scan). No title for this one yet. I did make two versions of this one, slightly different. But the other one sold at auction at Penland.

I also learned how to photo-carborundum aquatint. This was all new and exciting to me, not being a printmaker and only having taken relief print classes in the past (which I also love). Now I just have to find a place to print before I forget how to do everything. Anyone know of anything in Baltimore?

My instructor was the amazing Thomas Lucas. If you’re ever in Chicago go see him at Lillstreet Art Center. All in all Penland was a wonderful experience. It was also beautiful there but I was way too busy to notice that much. Don’t do the work study unless you’re prepared for the most exhausting two weeks of your life! But if you’re up for it, it’s worth it.