summer's over print

i made a quick ink drawing a few weeks ago based off of a picture i found on the good ole interweb of some ladies dancing circa 1930.  i've had the means to make linoleum block prints since forever and could never think of something worth carving, but this morning i woke up with an urge to create so i turned the drawing into a print.

about an hour later...

first print!

a card...

two hours later...

two hours of work and i have a handful of cards.  want one? i'm a big sucker for pen-pal-ing and snail mail in general and i'll be happy to send one (blank or full of hello's from me) your way.  just holler.

i think i've found a new hobby.  just gotta save up for that printing press! time to start counting my pennies...

p.s. did i mention i gave in and started a tumblr? it's so much easier for quick posts, so there you will find quick sketches i make and short posts straight from my brain. --> strangefamiliarity.tumblr.com !!!

two little birds

life is finally getting a bit more productive! (i'm not being quite so lazy anymore!) i signed a new lease for moving my business this december, i painted a few new paintings, and i'm drawing more and more.  not to say that i still don't watch a good amount of bad television, but that probably can't be helped.  you just can't win them all.

maybe my etsy shop will finally have things in it to sell. maybe.

for now, a lady and a dude bird. one a tree swallow, the other a bluebird:

tree swallow lady, my favorite of the two:

dude bluebird:

hanging on my wall, keeping the rhino company until they find a new home:

full moon, old etching.

a few months ago (well, many months ago) I took a printmaking class.  I learned how to make an etching on a zinc plate with acid and stuff that required wearing gloves and goggles and safety things. and I think I want to one day buy a printmaking press... if only... next $600 I find lying on the ground I'm getting one!

here's my first etching:


not too shabby, though I suppose I could have cleaned a bit up.  I wish I had more time in class to make more prints, but I did what I could in the weeks I had. etching takes forever! but worth it!