David Hockney Exhibit

I loved this exhibit and want to make a post about it even though I saw it on NOV. 29. I FIND INSPIRATION FROM David Hockney. I’ll be talking about the Hockney exhibit and the prints I am working on in this post.

I love this 9 panel painting of the Grand Canyon by David Hockney.

He did many landscape paintings and especially The Grand Canyon. I am always returning to the Grand Canyon in my paintings, drawings and prints also Camping in Vanna, my VWEuro van. This is another painting of the Grand Canyon by Hockney below. I like the way Hockney simplified the shapes of the cliffs and plants. These paintings capture some of the Grand Canyon feeling for me. It’s hot, vast, deep and mysterious.I learned from the exhibit that Hockney was a frequent visitor to The Grand Canyon. It also mentioned that he was inspired

by Thomas Moran. I am very fond of Thomas Moran who painted and sketched at The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone in 1871. I always visit Moran Point named after the artist Thomas Moran, when I travel to the Grand Canyon.

Hockey’s first work in The Grand Canyon series was, the panoramic sixty-canvas “A Bigger Grand Canyon”. The exhibit explained it was too large for this exhibit (really, The Met?). But I had first seen this 60 canvas painting on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts years ago. It is still with me in memory.

The Grand Canyon is one of Hockney’s favorite American Landscapes. So many paintings in the exhibit I liked but I picked just a few to post in my blog. I liked was “Nichols Canyon” done by Hockney in Los Angeles. Wow! I love the colors he uses.I liked this painting “The Road Across the Wolds”.

“Medical Building” a wonderful painting. The painting below is “A Lawn Being Sprinkled”. The both offer a new twist on a familiar boring. I can’t leave the exhibit with out mentioning Hockney’s iPad drawings.

I first started on iPad drawings after hearing about Hockney’s and then seeing many at The Los Angles Museum of Art. In this exhibit at the Met they had three screens that continually showed Hockney’s iPad drawings. The screens also started with the blank iPad and showed the drawings developing. What fun to see.

Lunch at the Met dining room was a delicious way to end viewing the exhibit. My sister enjoyed the exhibit and lunch as much as I did.Sauces that came with my fish.

I’m back at home revisiting my Grand Canyon Monotype Prints. They needed a few tweaks to finish and I was inspired!

The print of the Grand Canyon is a monotype collage. On paper.

I had to darken a few area on this watercolor Monotype. I almost threw it out as I am trying to declutter and now I’m happy with it.

Another watercolor Monotype I looked at again. I decided I liked it. I like the foreground bushes and plants. These Monotype prints on printing paper and run through the printing press.paper.

Thanks for reading my blog. Carol

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Making Monotypes: Printing and Sketching

I have been working on Monotype Printing.  More of the seaweed saga I started at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.  Seaweed intrigues by the tangles, squiggles and lines it makes.  It moves under the ocean water.  It covers the sand in various colors of brown, greens and magenta.  I walk to the beach and collect a bag of dried seaweed to put into Monotypes.



Seaweed in the water.


Getting ready to print at Shary’s Studio in Laguna Beach

Printing in studio.  I made several small studies with seaweed I had collected.  The first color on the print is yellow.  The small sketches come later.  The Monotype below was a larger print I like.



The printing ink was placed on plexiglass plate.  Seaweed placed on top of ink.  Paper covering the inked plate and put through the printing press.


Tangled II

Plenty of ink still on the plexiglass plate above,  so I put another paper on the  plate and ran it through the printing press.  This second print is called a ghost print.  The second print often seems to hold mystery.


Sea World

I also used 2 plexiglass plates one yellow and one blue.  Different sized plates go through the printing press 2 times.  Yellow first than blue ink the second time.  The bubbles are rubbing alcohol sprayed into the ink on the plexiglass plate.P1050541

I have fun drawing my character with the printing press.  I am adjusting the pressure of the press in this cartoon.


Seaweed Swirl


Another trip to the beach.  IMG_6780

Drama at the beach.  The seagulls plan an attack on Target Bag!  How do they  know what’s in it????  I’m painting in my small sketchbook.P1050536 2Meeting my Friend

I am always happy to paint at Sherman Library and Gardens.  It’s a happy peaceful place.P1050539

I’m Getting ready to teach a Watercolor class at Sherman Gardens on Sat. October 28.  Teaching watercolor is fun in this ideal setting.


Printmaking 7th Grade: Compton, CA

 Shary and I decided to volunteer our time to teach printmaking to 7th graders.   Shary picked me up at 6:30 a.m. and we headed for Compton.

img_5518The kids were great.  They loved the whole printing process and their artwork that resulted.   img_5504

I’m a retired art teacher and miss that thrill of seeing children create.  Teaching them as they in turn teach me.  They were quite pleased with their work. Shary is an artist in Laguna Beach.  She does wonderful paintings and prints.

Their Art Teacher Benji had talked us into visiting his art classes.  He does a great job.

 The students had worked on drawings for the project with their teacher Benji.

img_5488The next step was drawing into the styrofoam plate with a pencil.  Shary and I rolled the ink unto the plate and the students printed it on colored paper.  Wow! We had some great results.  The Students were pleased and so were the teachers.

This is a project Benji did with the students.  The Circle painting is the first step.

Other layers go on top.  It was an impressive project.  We really liked the atmosphere of the school and the students.  It was a long day of work but so rewarding.

I thought of my brother and all the time he volunteered for children in “Trout in the Classroom”  He set a good example for me.

img_5544I’m still in a happy place after Patriots win in the Super Bowl.  The Thrill of Victory is very sweet!

Doves and Monoprints

July 16, 2016

When I returned home from New Mexico  Doves had built a nest on my porch.  They have tried this before but I never let them get more than a few twigs started as it is messy.  This time I wasn’t home and they had built their nest and Mother Dove was sitting on the eggs.  P1020377My info from the internet says: The Male looks for a place to build a nest then invites the female of form a lifetime bond.  Since doves are erratic birds caution should be exercised to prevent them from abandoning the nest.  (I guess my method was to be on vacation.)  The male collects the grass, weeds and twigs for the female to build the nest.  A successful nest will be used more than once through the breeding season. (That’s news to me.  I was going to get rid of it!  Now what?)  The female lays one or two eggs.  In this case two eggs.  She incubates at night for a period of 14 to 20 days, the male incubates during the day.  Since both male and female look alike, onlookers may think the female never leaves the nest at all.  THAT’s What I Thought!

The Mother Dove sat for 14 days that I know of before two little doves hatched.  They stayed buried under Mother.  I kept looking for them but they were hidden.  More research tells me both doves collaborate in feeding them.  In the initial stages of incubation both birds produce pigeon milk.

As the two babies got to be teenagers I was ready for them to go.  They would sit on my steps but didn’t come back to the nest.  Thank goodness as I called them poopie birds.

The Hooded Oriole visited my bird feeder.  He was hard to photograph, as soon as I came with my camera he was gone.  His breast is bright yellow.  The hummingbirds are always flittering around the feeder.  Darting in and out and chasing each other away.  Meanwhile:

I have been working on monotypes from my Grand Canyon drawings while I am not watching my birds or taking a walk to the beach.

These two monoprints are based on my drawings from The Grand Canyon.  I’m trying for bright colors!


Temple of the Canyon I

The Grand Canyon is quite an inspiration.

Degas Monotypes at MOMA

“Make a drawing, Begin it again, Trace it, begin it again, And Retrace it” Edgar Degas

P1010459Degas  A Strange New Beauty is the title of this wonderful exhibit.  Degas monotypes are all about his love of experimentation.  I loved this exhibit.  I found it inspirational.  I wanted to start making monotypes immediately.P1010468

He became obsessed with monotypes and would print and print adding ink and subtracting ink.  On the monotypes Degas would add pastels, watercolor, charcoal or more ink. ”  A partner in his printmaking adventures Pierre-George Jeanniot described Degas’s anticipation as the monotype plate and paper were about to be cranked through the press:  When everything was ready Degas said, “what a terrifying moment! Go Ahead!  Start Turning!”P1010463

In this monotype”Three Studies of Ludovic Halevy Standing”  Degas drew in charcoal on the left.  The charcoal drawing was then run through the printing press with damp paper on top printing the 2nd drawing.



“Pathway in a Field”  pastel over monotype in oil on paper


Degas worked on a series of landscapes.  Degas described his landscape monotypes as imaginary and he was not interested in details.


Landscape with Rocks

Pastel over monotype in oil on paper



Twilight in the Pyrences

Pastel over Monotype in oil on paper


The Road in the Forest


Green Landscape


Forest in the Mountains

Landscape (Paysage), Pastel over Monotype in oil on paper.

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.


Printing press

Mask from AfricaP1000747

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.


Rae and I eating lunch outside the Print Studio


Watercolor Print with collage


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.

Christmas in New York and Women Printmakers

P1000442Leaving New York on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and I wanted to see The Tree in Rockefeller Center.


Skating at Rockefeller.

Lunch at Byrant Park and more skaters.  It was a beautiful warm day and I could eat outside!


The Tree at Byrant Park


Skaters at Byrant Park

I visited the New York Public Library in Bryant Park to see an exhibit of Women Artists and Printmakers in the 16th Century.


Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570-1900

This exhibit was  interesting to me as a woman printmaker.  Woman were not allowed to be artists or attend art school in the 16th C.  They could in some cases do printmaking or sketching if they were rich or well connected.  This is a 1587 Woodcut done by Marie de Medici.  She was the daughter of Francesco de Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.  The work of a Princess and the first example of a print created by a patrician woman.


Self Portait  of Anna Maria van Schurman, Aged 33 (detail) engraving and etching

Below is”A Young Girl Playing with Chicks, etching 1767, was created by Maria Carolina, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Naples (Austrian 1752-1814),


Etching by Maria Carolina, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Naples


Napoleon’s Mother

Charlotte Bonaparte was the daughter of Emperor Napoleon I’s elder brother Joseph, King of Naples and Sicily.  She portrays her grandmother at the age of 84.


Jeanne Antoinette Poisson,  Marquise de Pompadour (French, 1720-1764)

Print by Madame de Pompadour, A child Seated Blowing Bubbles, Engraving 1751


An etching by Princess Elizabeth, ( British, 1770-1840) A Woman Led by Cupid.