New Jumbo Woodcut: Blood and Bones

Hey everybody! Here are some process shots from a giant woodcut I recently wrapped up.  It’s called “Blood and Bones” and was created for a Day of the Dead show at the Art House Gallery in downtown Fresno.  When they invited me to do the show they said I had a 4 foot by 4 foot space.  So naturally I decided to carve a 3.5 foot by 3.5 foot block.

I  started by making a small drawing which I then blew up to the appropriate size.  Here you see Tali helping me piece the blown-up image together.

 

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All pieced together and ready to be transferred onto the block!

 

Then a lot of carving happened…

LeeAnnDiCicco_Bones3And then some more…

LeeAnnDiCicco_Bones4And then we changed directions entirely…and did even more carving!

Tali, get out of the way!  "But I'm helping!"

Tali, get out of the way! “But I’m helping…by being adorable.”

 

Finally it was time to ink up and print.

Like my big periodic table block I printed this big fella with a wooden spoon.  Here I am just peeling back the paper a bit to check my progress.

Like my big periodic table block I printed this big fella with a wooden spoon. Here I am just peeling back the paper a bit to check my progress.

 

And here’s the completed piece in my state-of-the-art drying rack (taped onto the wall).

 

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Woo hoo!  I’m loving doing these over-sized blocks, even though printing them with a spoon is starting to lose some of its charm.  Though taking a full day to print one of these guys with a spoon does give me a chance to visit with an old college friend. And that friend, of course, is tendinitis. On a related note, I was wondering if any of you have any experience printing with a print frog? I’m thinking of picking one up and would be interested in hearing about your experiences with them.  Please let me know in the comments!

 

 

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Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Woodcut)

Hey everybody!  A while ago I shared some process photos from the Virgen de Guadalupe print I was working on.  Today I would like to share some images of the completed piece.

Here I'm trimming out the light-weight chine-colle paper that i printed the block onto.

Here I’m trimming out the strips of light-weight chine-colle paper to different lengths.

 

Tali being an excellent studio assistant/ demanding cuddles as always.

Tali being an excellent studio assistant/ demanding cuddles as always.

 

The completed piece! the light-weight paper all nicely mounted onto Reeve's BFK and all ready-to-hang in a fancy mirrored frame. Yay!

The completed piece! The light-weight paper has been mounted onto Reeve’s BFK and it’s all ready-to-hang in a fancy mirrored frame. Yay!

Art Hop at Art House

Hey everybody!  This Thursday, Art House Gallery in downtown Fresno will be hosting the opening reception for their third annual Women’s Show.  I’ve participated in this show every year so far, and I’m very excited to be participating again this year.  It’s always a great event featuring amazing work from local female artists, great live music, and just tons of really lovely people having a lovely time. If you’re curious to see a little preview of what will be on display, here are some photos I’ve taken around my studio the past few weeks as I’ve been prepping for the show.  LeeAnnDiCicco_ArtHouse5 LeeAnnDiCicco_ArtHouse4 LeeAnnDiCicco_ArtHouse3

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Sometime Tali likes to stick her butt on my artwork as a kind of stamp of approval.  She also uses her butt as a stamp of disapproval.  Basicall she just likes to stick her butt everywhere.

Sometimes Tali likes to stick her butt on my artwork as a kind of stamp of approval. She also uses her butt as a stamp of disapproval. Basically she just likes to stick her butt everywhere.

 

The Art House Gallery is at 1612 H St. in Fresno.  Doors open at 5pm on Thursday, May 7th.  I hope I will see you there!

Big Skull

Hello everbody!  Here are some photos of a new print I’ve been working on.  It’s big.  It’s a skull.  It’s called BIG SKULL!bigskull2 bigskull1These are a few shots of the first few proofs I pulled in black ink.

bigskull5 BigSkull3And here are the blocks rolled up in color.  When I started this piece I didn’t have any large blocks handy, so the image is actually kind of a mosaic made up of nine smaller lino blocks.  You can see in the picture that the small blocks are being held in place with a jig. The image was large and simple enough that I was able to roll on ink of different colors without having to use a stencil, reduction cut, or any of the other more comlicated techniques usually required for achieving multiple colors.

 

BigSkull4The first color proof!  But wait, that’s not all!Bigskull7 bigskull6I wanted to bust out some sweet chine-collé action. And if you are asking yourself  “What the hizzety is chine-collé?”  first of all, you are bad at cursing.  Second, allow me to explain! Chine-collé is a printmaking technique in which colored paper is added to a print.  In the pictures above you can see that I am using one of my proofs as a template to cut out some nice pink and red unryu paper.  I apply some glue to the colored paper, and place it just so in between the blocks and the thicker white paper.  It is like the beautiful filling in some kind of printmaking sandwich.  Then it all goes through the press and comes out looking like this:

 

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The chine-collé version is on the left. The regular two-color version is on the right.

I did a couple of different versions and am looking forward to doing a few more with different color combinations. bigskull9bigskull10

Big ol' pile of  chine-collé stuff.

Big ol’ pile of chine-collé stuff.

 

In other less fun news, my cat Gary died this week and I am now super sad.  I am going to miss him a lot, and know that it will be a big adjustment not having him around sitting on my feet while I’m trying to print and climbing into my lap every time I sit down.  He was the best cat ever, and not just because he made my process photos way more adorable.

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He could do more with one eye than most cats could with two. Except when it came to depth perception. He had really bad depth perception. Now I guess he just has DEATH perception. …alright that was a pretty bad pun, even for me. But give me a break, okay? I’m grieving. : (

Pumpkin Blossom

Here are a few shots of a new linocut I have been working on.  The linoleum I used was a clear and very soft linoleum called Clear Carve.  For this print I cut the linoleum into two pieces which I inked and printed separately. pumpkinBlossom2 pumpkinBlossom1 pumpkinBlossom3pumpkinBlossom4

Clear Carve Contest: I Clearly Want to Win This Press

Hey everybody.  I’ve been working on a few entries for this printmaking contest that’s being co-sponsored by Blick art supplies and Clear Carve Linoleum which is, as their name suggests, a company that makes clear linoleum.  The contest rules require that entrants create a print using Clear Carve Linoleum, and the winner gets a Blick Model II etching press!  How awesome is that?  If you are interested in entering the contest yourself, you can find more info here.  Good luck and happy carving, you guys!ClearCarve1 ClearCarve2

Gary trying to figure out if this is something he can can eat, sleep on, or poop on.  He has no use for anything that does not fall into one of those three categories.  Those are the only three things he does.

Gary trying to figure out if Clear Carve Linoleum is something he can can eat, sleep on, or poop on. He has no use for anything that does not fall into one of those three categories. Those are the only three things he does.

Woodcut in Progress + Studio Cat

Hello everybody!  I just wanted to share a few shots of a new woodcut print in progress.  BanzonCommission3 BanzonCommission1

Also, here are several pictures of my cat, Gary, sitting on the block while I am trying to carve it.

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Gary says "Uh, LeeAnn, I cannot read this! The letters are all backwards!  Also, I am a cat and do not know what reading is!"

Gary says “Uh, LeeAnn, I cannot read this! The letters are all backwards! Also, I am a cat and do not know what reading is!”

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Sometimes when I can’t sleep I relax myself by imagining elaborate  fantasy stories.  You know, with like mages and assassins and a bad ass warrior queen…who  runs a small print studio on the side.  Anyway, I usually don’t make it much past figuring out everyone’s clothes before I zonk out.

Hey! Look what just arrived!

patpostcards1Postcards!  I ordered these to give out as rewards for my crowdfunding thing.  I think they look pretty sharp!

Print in Progress: Lumberjane

Hey everybody!  Here are a few shots of a reduction cut print I’m working on.  I first mentioned it here.  It’s carved out and ready for it’s third run out of five.  Woo!  lumberjane1 lumberjane2 lumberjane3 lumberjane4

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