VSC Day 26

Last night we had open studios and were able to see what everyone’s spent the last month doing. Most folks here are awesome at what they do, but there are a few artists here doing work that really impresses the hell out of me.

Jason Godeke
This guy does some awesome paintings that he stages with figures that he makes himself. Go to his site, scroll down to the bottom right, and click on his paintings. I traded him a mermaid print for a painting and am very excited for it to arrive in Minnesota.

Olivia Mirkovich
Awesome, creepy, and nicely-detailed drawings and paintings.

Penba Wangdu
This man is a monster. Traditionally taught painter, he mixes his own pigments with animal glue to make paint.

There are many more noteworthy artists, but I am too lazy to copy and paste more links, and wasps have begun to fall upon the coffee shop I’m at.

Most of my gear is packed, I just need to load the car and wrap my prints in glassine. Unfortunately, there is still a dampness to the black of the Aspidochelone prints which worries me. I’ll wait until late tonight to wrap them, or maybe early tomorrow. I’m also contemplating running fishing line through the Subaru and hanging the prints on a drying line while I drive. Wahoo.

With luck I will be resting my head in Toledo, Ohio tomorrow night.

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VSC Day 3

Before leaving for VT I got a sample piece of cherry measuring about 2 x 4 inches. Below is the result of my 1 day of work with that block. It is also my first time using my new Hangi To, and I can say without equivocation that the blade is the bee’s knees. I am fairly certain that the blade is already being mistreated, so acquiring sharpening tools is on the to-do list.

As stated earlier my linoleum is a hot mess of crumbly yellow feta. Because the local art store only sells tiny pieces of linoleum I had to purchase some birch from the lumber yard. They will have it cut in the next couple of days, and I’ll be able to resume work on the Iron Swan, Mermaid, and Aspidochelone. This has turned into a total wood-party, but I am hopeful that the change in materials won’t slow me too much.

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