Sunday, September 30, 2012

Development of a multi-panel painting.

I was recently commissioned to create a multi-panel painting inspired by the piers in San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, and bicycles. The size had to be 24" x 60".  Below I have shown the stages the painting went through before completion:

Posters, texture and paint applied to wood panels

Text sprayed and painted onto panels

Panels selected for the painting

Selected panels joined together with wood cradle.

Wall finish developed. Bridge added.

Walls and doors developed. Water added. Finished!
Pier with Bridge and Bike. 24" x 60" 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

For a Good Cause

I recently donated one of my Pier Module paintings to this year’s Art for Aids live auction. It benefits the UCSF Alliance Health Project. Leading up to this fantastic event, I was very excited to discover that I’ve been mentioned in the most recent Art Business News:

For a Good Cause: Art and Philanthropy Come Together with Art for AIDS’ 16th Annual Auction

September 7, 2012 By Rebecca Pahle

The San Francisco art scene will come together on Friday, September 14th for a good cause, auctioning off over 140 pieces by world-renowned artists at the 2012 Art for AIDS. Now San Francisco’s premier auction, the event was founded in 1996 by a group of Bay Area locals who decided to sell their art to help their friends living with HIV/AIDS. Sixteen years later it’s gotten decidedly bigger and more swanky—this year’s event, featuring gourmet food from local restaurants and wine and cocktails courtesy of Ketel One, is expected to be attended by over 700—but it’s still as devoted to its cause as ever: Proceeds will go to UCSF’s Alliance Health Project, which has been providing assistance to the LGBTQ and HIV communities for over a quarter-century.

A juried live and silent auction, Art for AIDS will see paintings, photography, sculpture and more by a slate of award-winning artists—including Lucky Rapp, Jock Sturges, Ross Bleckner and Catherine Mackey, whose Pier Module #16 is valued at $3,500—made available to the highest bidder. Lest we forget, there’s also the Certificate Auction for those who would rather put their money toward luxury getaways, Napa Valley winery tours, spa treatments and the like.

For more on the event, to which tickets are still available, visit More on the UCSF Alliance Health Project can be found at

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Drypoint Printing Workshop

I have recently completed a two-weekend Drypoint Printing workshop with Jenny Robinson in her studio at Hunters Point in San Francisco.
It was hard work and frustrating at first. When I paint I respond to each layer of paint previously applied and move forwards to the eventual image. With drypoint printing it is necessary to have a clear view of the final image at the beginning of the process in order to plan the different plates of color which will be printed first. Like thinking backwards - it made my head hurt!
By the second weekend I was getting the hang of it and having some fun, aided and abetted by my fellow students and Jenny's wicked sense of humor.

Here is the story of one of my prints:

First I chose an image - a drawing/collage of dye vats in the tanneries at Fes.

Then I etched a line drawing of that image into treated illustration board, pulling off the surface in areas where I needed dense shadow. I used charcoal to rub into the board as I worked to show me how the drawing was developing.
The board then gets inked up before printing......

The first drypoint print, no color underneath.

Drypoint print over two different color drops - the Yellow and the colored dye areas. The Yellow layer was still sticky when I printed the drypoint so the Black ink didn't stick. An interesting mistake. 

Drypoint print over the ghost print of the colored "blobs".

Drypoint print over yet another ghost print from the "blobs" - the color is barely discernible.

Drypoint print with layer of "Faux Chine Colle" over. This tints the white areas enough to make them different from the surrounding paper and gives an aged look.

All the prints are 8" x 8" on Rives BFK 140lb paper.