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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Marianist Environmental Education Center Exhibit

This series of photos came from the Marianist Environmental Education Center annual exhibit.  The show is always on some aspect of nurturing our environment.  The theme this year was "Living Green."  The gallery is Gallery St. John located in Beavercreek.

This striking assemblage claimed my eye immediately.  The spectrum appeared to be slim cylinders of color held together and displayed as a unit.  In actuality, it was edges of cartons of food from cereal and various fast serve cartons.  I believe the title was "Not Enough Greens." 

 This blue and green "chandelier" looked at first glance like fine blown glass suspended from the ceiling.  Instead it was plastic bottles, painted with transparent paint and cut so as to look like spirals of glass.  Believe it or not, this came from the second grade class of a local elementary school.
 Here are my four little entries (behind the plastic spiral).  They are posted elsewhere on my blog.  Each said, "Live Green--Grow Your Own" with various vegetables.  Two sold and two more will travel with the show to another site in Dayton.

This final shot shows some of the dynamic work displayed.  It was the best show ever!  Here we see a bright acrylic painting with lots of green, a very fine wall hanging on the orange wall, and in the distance some very lovely Asian pieces of ink and color mounted on silk. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Monoprint Layers==Poppies

 Step 1 of making this monoprint of poppies was to make a film of vertical lines, paint the background blue and then adhere it to paper.
 Step 2 was to make another film with red, yellow and various colors of dots and circular shapes.  This is the artist's view of the painting but it will be reversed when printed.
 This Step shows the red and yellow shapes printed on to the original print.
 This is the third film (or plate) of painted poppies seen from the artist's view of painting.  It will be printed in reverse with the other side of the film showing.

This is is final print, made of 3 plates or films.  Each was painted, transferred (printed) onto paper. Then the next film was printed on top of the first one.  Then the third film was painted and transferred on top of the same print.  Thus the final painting is three layers of printmaking.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dogwood Acrylic Monoprint


This acrylic monoprint required two plates of paint.  First the abstract background was painted, dried, and transferred to printmaking paper.  Then the dogwood flowers were painted on another film, dried, and then transferred to the already existing abstract print.

This painting (8"x10" also looks very good in a vertical format.