Monday, December 31, 2018

First application deployed

The first Artist in Residence application is successfully deployed. This one was for Glacier National Park. There are about twelve pages of required information, statements and proposals along with just four samples allowed. I was worried with the government shut down I would have problems submitting everything but it went through without a problem. And of course now that it's off and away I think, oh - I should have included this and that too. But there's no way to change anything now. Besides I know I did my best. I could keep tweaking it from now until the end of time so it's a good thing I clicked enter. There's lots of competition for these programs so fingers crossed. If I'm not selected this year, I'll apply again next year. 😃

Upcoming classes (maybe)

Two class proposals for the St Helens Parks and Recreation program are submitted. If accepted the classes will be available beginning in March. My lesson plans are almost complete so I will be ready to apply to the other close by Parks and Recreation programs soon. It's almost too bad the class description will be typed for the listing in the catalog. The application is a working example sample of italic handwriting in use.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Chamber of Commerce

I sketched this on site a couple of years ago not knowing at the time that I was going to develop an entire series of images of St Helens (the city). It was just a pen and ink sketch. This past week I was looking at the beginning drawings and decided they should have color. The Chamber of Commerce building in St Helens used to be the train depot back in the day.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

New product - Good Old Fashioned Tea Towels

New product - Good Old Fashioned Tea Towels featuring my drawing of a white pine pine cone.  100% cotton.  Measures approximately 25" x 25".  Hand printed in Oregon with non-toxic water based ink.  Versatile, durable, reusable, and paper free.  Machine wash and dry.  Available at:

In black ink:

There are only two in metallic copper:

Because the metallic flecks in the ink clog the silk screen there are (and will be) only two.  Drop dead beautiful but it's not possible at this point in time to print more with this ink.  Order immediately if this is your color.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Screen test

I haven’t seriously screen printed in many, many moons. It’s totally doable but it is a bit more challenging than I thought it would be and remember it being from years ago. What seems fundamentally simple is actually pretty darned complicated. Part of the challenge is admittedly self inflicted by the detail I want. Screen exposure calculator - it's defined by a mathematical process (painful for artist brains) to get the desired result range. Following the instructions step by step I now have a workable reference to use that makes sense for how long to expose the screens. No more random hit or miss which was driving me CRAZY:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Sorry for the lack of posts. That's what happens when one encounters an unexpected technical difficulty when trying to push the boundary and the project still has to be finished. Learning curves can be a biscuit sometimes.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Future plans

I purchased an annual parking pass for 2019 for the Sauvie's Island Wildlife Refuge. I plan to spend time out there painting next year and somehow "next year" is right around the corner already. WHERE did 2018 go?