A Day in the Print Studio

Heading down Coast Highway on Wednesday morning to my friend’s Art Studio in Laguna Beach.

We own a printing press in Shary’s studio.  I am filled with ideas to work on today and also looking forward to visiting with my friends.  Remember, I tell myself printing is a process and enjoy the journey.    I am always experimenting and as a result not all prints come out great.  That’s part of the process. The process started at home where I watercolor on a piece of Dura-Lar clear film.

At the studio I soak my printing paper in water then blot it with a towel.  I lay the paper on top of the watercolor printing plate and run it through the printing press.

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Printing press

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My gift from the Sherman Gardens Volunteer White Elephant Breakfast is what I call VooDoo Man.  He is a mask from Africa.  I was going to put him on my porch but because of all the rain he was still in Vanna.  I think my friend Shary will be surprised when she sees VooDoo Man in her Studio.  I text her a picture and she loves him.  We decide to leave him at the studio for awhile to keep away bad spirits.

BOO!

Rae and I eating lunch outside the Print Studio

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Watercolor Print with collage

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Watercolor Print II with collage

On the way home I stop at Crystal Cove State Beach to walk.  I have a Golden Bear Senior Pass that allows me to go to any CA State Park.  It’s $20. for the year except June, July and August.  It’s a beautiful day for a walk on the beach.  I pass a Sea Lion that is dead.  It’s sad.

Happy at Home

Starting the New Year and staying at home I enjoy painting, reading and cooking also watching T.V.   I am painting the view from my window

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Lots of Rain. Watercolor View from Window.

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View from my window.

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Window View Watercolor

Another watercolor from my window.  I omitted the telephone wires and changed the buildings.  I was most interested in painting the sky.

I ride my folding bike to the beach to check out the surf.  Little Corona is quiet.

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Little Corona del Mar

Back home I’m trying different ideas for paintings in my sketchbook.  I realize how many techniques I’ve forgotten.

I’m using collage from dictionary pages torn to look like buildings.  This will be a good idea for my NYC art.

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Sketchbook Collage

Trying abstract in my sketchbook.  This was fun splashing black ink and then watercolor.

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Sketchbook ink and watercolor

Biking to the Big Corona Beach.  I walk down to sketch with my watercolors.

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Watching Lots of Football.  Go Patriots!