Packages on the doorstep

Found this on the doorstep today.  I'm figuring the phone company must know I'm  a printmaker.  That's the only reason I can figure I get a new phone book on the 30th of every month, right?

BTW, it's MUCH more fun to receive packages of Leftovers!


There's a Good Chance

I'll be sorting Leftovers in Wingtip's new studio/workshop space!

If you look closely you can see it comes with a broom for sweeping up Leftover crumbs.
I'm very excited about the possibilities.  And trying to figure out if all the presses, flatfiles, drying racks and printmaking paraphernalia will fit.  I'm staying up late imagining the workshops, print exhibitions, studio time . . . on and on.   A dream is to offer a printmaking residency.  Now wouldn't that be cool?

Stay tuned.


First Stop: RMPA

What's RMPA?  It's the new, ever so wonderful  Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance!

On April 26, 27, and 28, 2011, RMPA will be hosting it’s inaugural symposium in Boise. Activities will be held on Boise State University’s campus and throughout Boise,Idaho. These will include lectures, mixers, and large scale relief printing with a steam roller.

And Leftovers II!


Art is a Conversation!

And it tells a story.  And it helps us connect - connect with one another, connect with who we are, connect with where we are and it helps us see how we are part of a much larger picture somehow.

Plan on spending a few minutes here, and sit down for awhile, because I have a wonderful little story to share.

When I was organizing Leftovers II last fall I sent out a lot of emails inviting people to participate.  Most of you are probably familiar with that evite.   Here's a response I received from a former classmate and printmaker:

I would love to participate in your print exchange. I have a slight logistical issue, but am hoping, with a little help, to contribute to the exchange. I am currently deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Which means I am currently separated from my scraps and printing supplies, but close to interesting artistic inspiration to print. I won't be back in Boise until the 1st week of April. If you could direct me to some resources for scrap paper, and an easy, portable, printing technique I could have shipped over here, I would love to participate. Thank you for thinking of me and I look forward to having fun in person with Wing Tip when I get back.

Wow, I had no idea he was in Afghanistan!  So, this was my response:

Well . . . Geez!  I didn't know you are in Afghanistan!  Yowsers!
So!  How about I send you some scraps, some linoleum and a brayer and ink!  I could send a small set of lino tools, too!  You could hand burnish the prints.   I am thrilled that you are interested in participating and will do whatever I can to get you the stuff.   Let me know if there would be any problem with sending the tools.  I have plenty of supplies - and what would be better than to send  all  the leftover stuff to you to use while you are there!

I sent the stuff.  He got the stuff.  He replied.

I received your package recently and it really made my day. I am excited to put a run together, the best I can over here. Little things from home become a big deal over here. I'll keep you updated on my progress. Again thank you very much.  

And then - tonight - I got this:

I mailed my "scrap-run" to your address on Sunday (Saturday night your
time). This will arrive later than the 15th, hopefully not too much
later. It's not the easiest thing to mail things over here, most
especially the line of people at the post office. I did get to use the
"express line" which only took 2 hours. I'm attaching some in-process
photos. I did have a great time doing it, so thank you very much for
allowing me this opportunity. Let me know if there is anything else I
need to do.

Here are the photos!

Yup!  Art tells a story.  It  really does connect us to one another.


Do you think

those are Leftovers being served up in Le Matins, a lovely Monsieur Tissot mezzotint?

Cool Beans!

Jordaen's "Bean Feast" or "Feast of the Bean King" 

Just thought I'd find a fabulous Flemish Feast to celebrate the banquet of Leftovers that have been arriving at my door.  


As Seen on TV

Well, not really.  More like as seen on a file cabinet in an elementary school office.

And speaking of meetings, it looks like the complete portfolio of Leftovers II will be exhibited at the inaugural meeting of the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance to be held at Boise State University in April.  I hear there'll be a whole lot of steamrollin' going on.  Check it out!