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Okay, I’m working much larger now than previously – on three sheets, which together are 4 feet wide. I started out thinking I might paint dragons. Not sure why – just had the urge. The picture above was my first try and wow, so cool, right out the box! I was THRILLED – – – but then, my next efforts began falling apart one after the other. In fact, there are lotsa failures happening. Oh and also, my dragons quickly started morphing into scary, deep sea fishes too?!?
Curious times here – gonna be uncomfortable reaching upwards for awhile!
Been having a really tough time with these multiple sheet pictures I’m trying to do. One BIG problem was that my space felt so cramped. I NEEDED more room – which I won’t get – so I had to work out how to make a modest studio function as though it was larger.
It took several days, but I’ll tell you what – there is ALWAYS room to make more room! In my case, I figured out where to tuck things away, put almost all my studio furniture on wheels and set up another worktable that can be quickly taken apart and stashed. Now I have VERY a flexible space whose middle area can be completely cleared or rearranged in moments!
I feel like I can breath up here now, and I’m gonna pick up my brush again at long last – – – yay!
I don’t quite know why I feel compelled to paint dragons, but there you go – I can’t help it. AND I’m not really sure how to do it!?!
Everything has it’s own graphics and moves, but what does this new mark making tool kit actually look like? AND just to make things even more challenging – I’m at last seriously tackling LARGE multiple sheet pictures. Bottom line: big space and envisioning imaginary creatures requires a major change of brain. My gears are grinding. I smell smoke.
Hey ya –
Had to take a little working break to write and photograph an article for a fishing magazine. Paychecks are nice.
I can’t show you what I did until it’s published. Here are photos I’ve done for past articles – enjoy!
Wow – okay – that was a little more than a little break! Did everything I told you I was gonna do – and much more. Then I went back to work – hard! So hard that I blew off posting for a bit. Sorry.
The good news is that now I HAVE A TON OF NEWS AND SHOW-N-TELL!
A truly wonderful exhibition is has opened at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – featuring not only my own work (photo above) but also a selection of Japanese woodblock prints and block-printed volumes from my collection. Here is the Poster for the show:
And this is the front and back of the postcard the museum printed for me!
The exhibition is incredibly well presented, and I am deeply grateful to the gallery’s curator, Linda Miller – and to the exhibition designer, Marian McKenzie. Wow – just wow!!!
Let’s take a quick tour – I took these photos the morning before the Preview Evening – – –
The preview was sooooo well attended and it was such a blast that we ALL forgot to take pictures. Oops!?! The curator actually had to retrieve me from a deep conversation with a group of lovely, interested folks and gently usher everyone out so that the museum could finally close. Time went so fast and it seemed like we were just getting started – now THAT is my idea of a GREAT PARTY!
THANK YOU SANTA BARBARA!
It’s time to run away for a bit. Gonna do a little fishing and exploring! 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!
This year, it’s my work on our digital card – a view high in the mountains of western Norway. A quiet snow storm, and every reason to tuck in and stay snug! I hope ya’ll do just that.
Just took my new studio set up for a BIG picture test drive today – IT WORKED!
Did this weirdo ant – but does it maybe have a little bit of a cow skull for a head? Hey, this is HUGE for ink – over 3′ x 5′! Oh man, the logistics and physical effort required have certainly scaled up too. Fun challenge though. I’m oddly thrilled with this picture.
HEY WAIT – I never told you about my major studio re-fit! Wow, okay, we need to chat – – –
The goal was to adapt my modest workspace so I can tackle large work, hopefully up to 8 FEET in length. To manage it, I had to identify space that was either overlooked or that could handle overlapping uses. Here’s my construction mess at the beginning of day 2:
Now, check out the photo below, of my new studio – – – isn’t my loooooooong worktable wonderful!
There’s ALWAYS plenty of unused air space in any room. That tower of shelves in the middle is on casters, so it can be easily moved around. It also has a small foot print for the great amount of paper and work it can store. The table that butts up against it is now totally free! And do you see my printing press? When in use, the bed actually rolls through and hangs over that same table. See what I mean by overlapping space?
In addition, I’ve added several new shelves, including two wide ones on which I can stack big work. There are three ways to back up in the room, so that I can look at and assess pictures underway, and the lighting is adjustable to any situation.
It’s a pretty cozy studio, but it’s also highly functional. I’m happy in it!
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!
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!
Sorry I haven’t been posting – blame rhythm of living issues + tech trouble. It’s sorting out, but I must get a new scanner, so I can’t show you my new Norway pictures yet. Am aching to.
Meanwhile, I’ve been continually adding flower pictures to this website. A whole lot more are coming, but already, there’s SO MUCH TO SEE – FIND THEM HERE!
I’ve been adding digital picture albums to this website. It’s the first stage of my Picture Album Project – which will result in just that: bound albums of original paintings that will be truly wonderful. But first I must figure out how to do it, so I’m sorting and designing online!
You should take a look – because it’s fun! CLICK HERE – – –
My sister (Kay) left for home yesterday, Reidun went to work and today I begin a new creative year with high hopes and BIG plans!
The Logans had a fabulous holiday, and I want to share something so cool there are no words – so I’ll show you pictures! My sis brought the first edit of a half-hour long animated film she made as her present to us! She used her own drawings and photographs, my paintings, a postcard I sent Reidun – AND some of my Sweetie’s childhood drawings (the very same I use each year as source material for our holiday greetings cards).
Here are a bunch of stills from the film – WOW!!! Kay is going to tweak the project a bit more, but eventually it’ll be on Youtube and I’ll post the link.
YOU SHOULD CLICK THESE TO GET A REALLY GOOD LOOK AT ‘EM!
This is one of many flower pictures that I’ve tentatively selected to go into a series of picture albums. I have much more work to do before I actually begin assembling them, but as you may know, I’ve begun the process by constructing virtual albums, so I can fool around with how things might look.
Wanna go check it out? CLICK HERE to see the digital project thus far – it will take you to a page that looks like this, and from there you can start exploring:
I’m sorry it took me a bit to get these photos posted. It was a lovely exhibition, in a particularly beautiful space. I can’t believe a month went by so fast!
I’m deeply grateful to the Cottage Place Gallery and the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ for allowing me to share my work with so many. Very special thanks also to Carol Wolf, who had answers for every single question. She, Bob Demarest and Wendy Setzer did a brilliant job of hanging my show. Evelyne Pastore catered the reception, and I gotta tell you, her presentation got more attention than my work – and deserved it! Finally, the biggest reason I get to be who I am is that my sweetie, Reidun, is fiercely supportive, as patient as a saint with me, and has better insight into my work than anyone. I am so very lucky.
Okay, let’s get to the pictures – this first one is a composite view of the whole show. All told, there were 37 drawings and paintings (you can see 35 here).
Next are closer looks. On one big wall, I simply clipped up 18 cats, bookended by 4 more in frames.
There were also big flower pictures, and of course, a number of landscapes.
Here are hi-resolution images of the four paintings that seemed to be the favorites:
Now it’s time to make a whole bunch of new work. You can imagine me hard at it in my attic studio until next Spring.
A lot more show-n-tell is coming!
Your Buddy Bill
I’m truly excited to be included in this continuing conversation with remarkable, creative souls, I’m humbled, and sincerely complimented.
My interview is now online- listen to it HERE!
Visit Your Creative Push – hear good advice, take it to heart, put it to action – AND if you possibly can, lend your support HERE!
Guess what? In the next day or two, you’ll be able to listen to a podcast interview with me, conducted by the brilliant Youngman Brown!
Youngman has this crucial notion that creativity should be investigated, nurtured and supported. He’s published (and you can hear) 257 conversations with all sorts of incredibly interesting artists, writers, musicians, film makers and other podcasters – all sharing their experience, advice and secrets about how to live lives in balance with – and defined by – creative pursuit. His guest list is really impressive.
And then there’s me. I hope I don’t sound like an idiot.
Youngman says I won’t, and I trust him. We had a blast talking and I came away thinking he needs to be interviewed for his own podcast!
I’ll let you know when the show is online, but in the meantime HERE IS A LINK, so you can go explore.
Hey ya –
Action-packed here lately, and no time for blogging or even art making! But I’ll sling ink as soon as I’m done writing you. May I’ll post some show-n-tell later if the day goes well.
One reason you haven’t heard from me is that we have a nice weather and I must use it. I needed days of no rain to turn my driveway into a furniture and fixture building shop. My mission this time is to re-organize my paper and art storage area, which is also the matting and framing area, print collection storage, guest bedroom and my Sweetie’s sewing room. Yep, it’s one over booked room! How on earth do I fit more flat storage in there too?
Answer: put it on wheels! That way the flat files can be pushed out of the way in any direction, when some other part of the room is in use!
So, imagine me out there in the sun working away – and not only for my workspace; I’m also making a new top for our trunk table, a cool foot stool with cat-proof storage for Reidun’s knitting projects, and some other odds and ends. I’ll get back to all of that tomorrow, and hopefully be done on Friday.
Have the finest day –
Your Buddy Bill
PS: handy tip – old metal bed frames are the best cheap (or even free) source for angle iron if you need it! This base (wheels about to be bolted on) should handle plenty of weight.