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Logan Butterfly 1 9-21-18

 

I am burying myself in bug pictures and butterfly wings! Don’t know where these came from or why I have such a strange compulsion.

 

My most pleasant surprise is that a lot of the transfer printing and painting I’ve been doing is suddenly working incredibly well. How is this possible? The charm of my method is that when things do work, the results are as marvelous as they are unpredictable. Of course, the flip side is that with so little control, unredeemable messes are just as likely! Yet I’ve wanted incredible butterfly wings and time after time I’m getting them!

 

Logan Butterfly 2 9-21-18

 

I AM AMAZED! They are COOL. And they look almost as if they emerged all on their own without any help from me. Which means now I’m in kind of a jam: how on earth do I put little bodies in the middle of all of these wings that have the same spontaneous, happenstantial feel? I have absolutely no idea – – – yet.

 

Exuberant, graphic bugs are happening too. They’re done with rapid intensity and it seems like they end up finally working only after I’ve given up on them and started making crazy, what-the-hell moves!

 

Logan bug 1 1 9-21-18

 

And finally, comes the oddest little beastie of all. I’m not even sure it’s an insect! That whole, squarish, head-ish area (on the left side) is made of scraps torn from other dead paintings and taped down. Actually to be precise, it’s mostly the backs of the scraps you’re seeing, where ink has bled or been driven through.

 

Oh what is going on? Up is down. Wrong is right. Or maybe it’s still just wrong. All I know is that I must keep my balance and keep going.

 

Logan bug 2 1 9-21-18

 

 

Logan Flowering 259 blog

 

I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up doing a whole lot more blooms. Many may go goofy – as this one did. So, big fun ahead!

 

Often, one or both sides of a two-sheeter looks quite fine on it’s own. Leaves me wondering if they should just be singles?

 

Logan FLOWERING 259B

 

 

Logan Moth 9-17-18

 

Why oh why suddenly moths? Am certain no artist ever thought I am going to become the greatest moth painter. Could it be the unexpected path towards wisdom?

 

This is the quickest of snapshots, taken right on my worktable. More coming along right behind this one. Will post as I go!

 

 

Logan BIG dragonfly 2

 

CLICK THIS PIC TO GET A GOOD LOOK!

 

You know there are stacks of half finished pictures up here in my lair. In fact, I have a hard time finding the ones I want to work on!

 

So, it just makes perfect sense that instead of dealing with what I’ve already started, I should begin still more – and decide to MAKE ‘EM REALLY BIG!

 

The 3-sheet dragonfly under way (at top) is a monster at 54 inches wide, while the one below (at left) is 2/3rds that. AND I’m starting to stack panels too. At right are three seemingly mismatched sheets from my Norwegian mountain pictures pile. Not sure why I’m looking at them this way, but something’s tickling my intuition. Wonder what it is and how it’ll sort out?

 

Logan BIG works 9-14-18

 

 

Logan Nikolai's 19 BLOG

 

Good Morning!

 

Am just about finished with this ‘ol Norwegian Mountain. 50-ish seems like a nice number. Some still to finish and I’m sure a few random others will dribble out, but I’m already beginning to shift gears.

 

You should see what I’ve been working on this week – soon enough I’ll show you!

 

Have the finest day!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: am intrigued with the notion of dark detail in/against dark backgrounds. Want to take it to where you can barely see what’s in there. The image up top is on the way, although I have much farther to go.

 

PPS: I like how the mist in the other painting below came out!

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 20 blog

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 20 detail1 blog

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 20 detail2 blog

 

Logan Nikolai's 19 detail1 blog

 

Logan Nikolai's 19 detail2 blog

 

 

Logan Canyon Buttresses - Storm

 

Had to show you this one. It started as a storm & rain picture, but then these buttressed canyon walls started to appear all on their own! Going with it and will go further. What a good start, right? Sorry for the so-so snapshot. Scans will come!

 

NOW, maybe I won’t post for a day or two. Working on more show-n-tell for ya’ll.

 

 

Logan studio 8-9-18

 

I have stacks and stacks of failed paintings in my workspace – which looks like this RIGHT NOW!

 

Yesterday, I decided to see if I could mine the detritus for scrap to try assembling new, unexpected pictures. Oh my. OH MY!

 

THIS next photo is of two halves from different pictures that fit almost perfectly together. I was surprised and pretty pleased until I turned them over to tape ’em together.

 

Logan collage front 9-9-18

 

THE BACK IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE FRONT! Utter happenstance. So graphically strong and unexpected! In this next photo, I’ve laid a few more torn up scraps of other pictures in and I gotta say, I’m thrilled with the prospects. Do I have the beginnings of a two-sided picture going here?

 

Logan scrap collage back 9-9-18

 

Annnnd, it gets even better! LOOK WHAT HAPPENED when I just laid the pieces below on top of each other with no attempt to adjust how they fit! Holy poop, I LOVE THIS. Am going to have to give it some serious time and attention. The assemblage is currently over 4′ long – and it could grow further!

 

Logan large collage 8-9-18

 

PLEASE click my last image to make it larger – you’ll see why I’m excited!

 

I won’t write you again for a few days – seems I have my hands full, don’t you think?

 

 

Logan butterfly 9-6-54

 

Just a quick snapshot as a sort of sneak peek – the scan I do in a week or so will show you a ton more subtlety.

 

I enjoyed doing this picture – more b-fly pictures will flutter in before year’s end!

 

 

Logan BEWICKS PIG 4

 

Fun to see these again – did ’em 23 years ago! Is it time for a few more?

Thinkin’ about it.

 

Logan BEWICKS PIG 2

 

 

LOGAN OYENSTIKKERE 32 BLOG

 

Workin’ on a fine picture for my Sweetie – whose b-day was yesterday. Hope to finish it today, and then take a quick snapshot for you.

 

Meanwhile, here’s a little something to start your morn. Make this day count – and so will I!

 

 

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In moments, I’ll begin the first day of my big ink-slinging push. Hope it’ll take me clear through to next Spring – with December off to paint butterflies for my Sweetie.

 

I wonder how this all will go? Time to find out!

 

 

Logan Storm Cloud 9

 

Good Morning – and more show-n-tell for you – – –

 

There are such beautiful marks and effects in all of these, and they were painted in a motel room! What’s gonna happen now that I’m back in my studio, where I can make BIG messes, use my printing press to squash ink around and really let fly? Today we’ll begin finding out – – –

 

CLICK EACH PIC TO MAKE IT LARGER – IT’S WELL WORTH IT!

 

Logan Storm Cloud 6

 

Logan Storm Cloud 7

 

Logan Storm Cloud 8

 

Logan Storm Cloud 2

 

 

It’s good to be home, although I had a wonderful August, with every kind of fun I’d hoped for! Something surprising is that I began painting Montana thunderheads, storms and rain skirts. Oh holy moly, that was tougher than I expected!

 

How do I judge what I did? Will anything from that experience filter into upcoming work? I guess we’ll find out! My workspace is clean and reorganized, so I’m all set for my next BIG, BIG push.

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

PS: below are quick snapshots of some storm pictures. One thing I quickly learned is that clouds with nothing else adding context to their picture are kinda confusing. Thus, I spent a lot of time in and around Yellowstone National Park photographing ridge lines and hills that might look good below big, booming skies! Should I plug them into some of these views, or just dive in to new attempts? Am leaning towards the latter – – –

 

THESE ARE WORTH SEEING LARGER – CLICK THE PICTURES!

 

Logan Storm Cloud 10

 

Logan Storm Cloud 5

 

Logan Storm Cloud 4

 

Logan Storm Cloud 3

 

Logan Storm Cloud 1

 

 

It’s time to do some fishing and paint pictures of something other than that ol’ Norwegian mountain! Gonna hang with friends too, recharge and just enjoy the summertime before starting my big Autumn push.

 

I’ll begin posting again in September! Hope you have the finest summer too!

 

Gone-Fishing copy

 

 

Logan Studio shot 7-14-18 1

 

Hey ya –

 

Here are quick studio snapshots of pictures on the boards just now. All are perplexing me. I seem to be making mountain pictures as much through erosion now as by painting them. I’m ripping, grinding, twisting and sanding so vigorously in fact, that it has become standard to add a back up sheet underneath, and sometimes even a back up to the back up! 

 

The picture above has three layers. I must flatten the whole deal before I continue assembly – or add more.

 

The next one may be my favorite of this batch. I’m in love with the BIG black marks running across – I think they’re a waterline/wave? I was actually thinking of Hokusai’s picture, The Great Wave off of Kanagawa, while I did it. As you can see, there is still sanding, edge blending and repair to do.

 

Logan Studio shot 7-14-18 2

 

My third picture has a looooooong way to go yet, and I’m worried I won’t find my way to a finish. But I have to try particularly hard because there are wonderful things going on in there already. I’m in love with the upper right quarter. Oh what to do?

 

The scraps of paper laying on the lower left are me just playing with notion of adding more textural/gestural overlay. I could either paint or collage – or both. Still thinking.

 

I wonder if this might be a nocturne?

 

Logan Studio shot 7-14-18 3

 

Finally, quite a few of my pictures lately have looked this raw to begin with. What you see here are scraps of other failed attempts that I’ve started trying to put roughly together, just to see if another mountain picture may be in there. Possibly!

 

Logan Studio shot 7-14-18 4

 

 

Logan studio snapshot 7-6-18 1

 

Good things happening in the ol’ painting and paper destruction department! Just look at these two – they’ve taken me further down my creative road than I had expected, and it’s both thrilling and a bit scary! Feel like my thinking has to catch up a little, or maybe I really shouldn’t let it? Huh.

 

Once you see really good scans (these are just quick snapshots), you are going to be AMAZED!

 

CLICK THE FIRST TWO PICTURES TO SEE THEM MUCH LARGER!

 

Logan studio snapshot 7-6-18 2

 

There is sooooooo much going on everywhere in these. To keep working on both, I had to add backup sheets because I was so brutal in painting, ripping, scraping, tearing, soaking and twisting the top layer. Am I sculpting as much as painting now?

 

Logan studio snapshot 7-6-18 detail 1

 

 

Logan Studio snapshot 6-30-2016

 

This is just a quick snapshot of the picture I finished moments ago. Can’t wait to get it flattened and scanned, so you can really see how gutsy and dynamic the surface truly is. Perhaps in the closeup below, you can catch a hint of what I’m talking about, especially in the water!

 

Logan Studio snapshot 6-30-2016 detail

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 15 Makeready blog

 

Printing with India ink on an old iron press = printing with water = squishes out all over! Rust is bad!

 

I use paper folders to contain the mess, This is one of them. Pressure drove my ink clear through the sheets I was printing and into it – the result is a gorgeous bonus image!

 

I actually sent this picture through the press a second time to add more to it, so this is one of the first ones in which I intentionally started tweaking happenstance. That working partnership continues!

 

Here are closer views:

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 15 Makeready detail2 blog

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 15 Makeready detail1 blog

 

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 27 blog

 

There are very subtle things going on in this one. I particularly like the sharp mountain textures in comparison to the more muted water below, in which I used sandpaper to grind in some wave highlights

 

The unrelenting, dense gray makes this picture sort of eerie, especially with a hazy sun (or is it a moon?) barely peeking through!

 

Here are close-up views of each sheet so you can see it all a little better:

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 27 detail2 blog

 

Logan Nikolai's Mountain 27 detail1 blog

 

Logan Norway thumbnails

I still have quite a few more to finish, but I now have hi-res images and detail views for over 30 of my new mountain pictures uploaded on this website! You can find them RIGHT HERE and also RIGHT HERE. They’re sure worth checking out!