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Somewhere in the Mojave Desert, California, United States
Gazing into this abyss called Life and wondering.....what's next !?!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hwy 62 Open Studio Tours Oct. 15 - 16

The catalogs are out!! Not much longer!  I think we are going to be in for some fabulous desert fall weather during art tours. My friend and plein air painter, Krista Wargo, and I are looking forward to this year's art tours as we both took a creative hiatus last year. It's always a good time.

I've fallen in love with analog, aka 'alternative', print-making methods and have barely scratched the surface of all that entails. I have not been able to get my darkroom/studio built this summer as I had planned (darned heat!). However, I will have some platinum/palladium prints to show and explain the process - marrying the digital world with the analog world....digital because those are the cameras I use to make the images and negatives on digital film / analog because that is how I print them using chemistry, sunlight, and unique fine art papers and other substrates (as in not the typical ink jet print on glossy/semi-glossy paper sent out to a commercial printing house - nothing wrong with it - I'm just smitten with the whole chemical process of days gone by...)

In addition to those, I may have more cyanotypes (way fun to make!), polaroid emulsion lifts from outdated polaroid film, and my better known archival ink transfers to cradled birch box frames and handmade papers. I've also made some lovely rustic frames to compliment the one-of-a-kind organic prints. There will be no commercially produced images and all (with the exception of 2 classic images of mine) have 10 or less prints made from the negatives. What I love most is I can print/transfer/lift the same captured image on different papers or other substrates and none look the same. Oh, and I have a small batch of 2017 calendars and a few mouse pads with my iconic images (ok, TWO commercially printed items). Fun stuff!

Come see us! 
October 15 and 16 / First Weekend
STUDIO #22 ~ 9am - 5pm both days.

Desert Lupine Dreams of Rain ~ From the "When the desert dreams" series

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Back in the Saddle Again...

I've been busy. My life is evolving at light speed. Dreams are being realized...

Chapter 3 of my Life is now in full swing. The kids are fully out into their own grand adventures. I love spending time with them in their newly 'adulted' lives. One 30 year career is nearing to a close and another begins. Chapter 2 had a satisfying end. Chapter 3 promises a journey of many predictable and unforeseen surprises along the twists and turns, peeks and dips. Kind of like Chapters 1 and 2 but more grown-up...if there is such a thing.

The remainder of this blog will be dedicated to all things artful - specifically my passion for the alternatively processed, aka 'old school', print making methods. I am marrying the digital world with nostalgic methods of presentation developed in the 1800s.  

More on all of that later.  For now, here are 2 earlier prints I made using platinum and palladium on cotton rag paper. Nothing but precious metals and organic cotton fibers to make these images (and a few other chemicals in the exposure and development process, but those wash away in the end). 

They feel luscious to the hands and eyes. Most satisfying........

Platinum-Palladium print on Arches Platine cotton rag watercolor paper.
Image captured in Lucca, Toscana, Italy with an iPhone.
Printed in Bennabio. 2015

Palladium print on Arches Platine cotton rag watercolor paper. Captured in
Joshua Tree National Park using an iPhone. Printed in San Diego. 2016