Art


#35

Here’s a photo of one of my cutting tools next to a woodblock. I use a speedball hobby knife, usually the short rounded flat blade. Sometimes I use the V- shaped blade or a small chisel.

I use the same tools for carving linoleum, which is a little harder to carve than the redwood I use, but much more forgiving.

Anything is fair game, I use a pie crust cutter too sometimes to start patterns.


#36

Very cool!! Thank you.


#37

@DougoBlue

From your perspective, can you recommend a starter block cutting/printing kit? Want to get one as a gift, and I am not sure which items are important enough to have while starting, and which are just not useful. It will likely be used on lino blocks initially, I imagine.

Thanks in advance for the expert advice!

I’m looking at these two:

https://www.amazon.com/Speedball-Block-Printing-Tool-Kit/dp/B002MH5GFS/ref=pd_cp_21_2/144-0095547-0844940?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002MH5GFS&pd_rd_r=8ee8ea89-e35d-4d37-8b1f-825f2bec4c54&pd_rd_w=j8vRP&pd_rd_wg=h0ELS&pf_rd_p=e44de6bb-cc27-4696-9c22-3a1bddefabbd&pf_rd_r=NBQZVMKEGK6QCYKTS3BA&psc=1&refRID=NBQZVMKEGK6QCYKTS3BA

https://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-deluxe-block-printing-kit/


#38

Yes, either of those look good. The Dick Blick kit looks pretty nice and comes with some inks. Those speedball cutting tools are basically the same ones I use - and the one with the blue handle looks like a pretty identical carving tool. It looks like the Speedball kit comes with a Barron for printing, which would come in handy without a press.


#39

Here’s the first proof of Wassily


#40

I love the way you work with the grain.


#41

This looks like a really interesting exhibit:


#42

I saw that article but unfortunately have no plans to be in NYC anytime soon.


#43

Can we all agree that, although some of them are pretty, these paint pour things are not art?


#44

Same here. I’m keeping an eye out if it travels anywhere after San Antonio in the fall.


#45

I cannot and will never agree on whether something is or is not art…

Esthetics are always in the eye of the beholder.


#46

This looks like a great show.

I’ve never been to NYC… but when I get there I will spend a lot of time at the Whitney, Guggenheim, MoMA among other museums.

However, I have been to the Detroit Institute of Art and they have a glorious Diego Rivera mural that has been an inspiration to me since I was a teenager.


#47

I agree. We get a lot of “accidental” artists who stumble on something that makes them feel good to create. I think that’s the point.


#48

Out at the studio I work at we do mono prints and other random ink “clean up prints” that we repurpose into backgrounds for prints or a starting point for drawings, paintings and collages. The accidental quality of art is one of the things I enjoy most about the process of making art.

When stuff gets planned out too much it sometimes loses its appeal to me… reminds me of work.


#49

The movie Cradle Will Rock by Tim Robbins portraits the famous destruction of Rivera’s mural in the Rockefeller Center, because it offended Rockefeller’s political sensibilities. It’s a good movie.


#50

That sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out. Frida Kahlo is awesome as well.


#51

Please go to New York City. You aren’t all that far.
Two days: museums and pizza and Central Park. A concert at Radio City would be the cherry on top.


#52

I’d love to visit sometime.

Both my daughters have been there to see musicals… I’ve always just been the designated stooge that foots the bill.


#53

Check out this handbill I did back in the 70’s. I did the illustrations on textured paper to simulate a screen and hand-lettered the thing mostly because I was too cheap to get the type set.


#54

Damn that’s great Dougo!