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Cloudy Day

My dad had many many tools and “things” in his garage to build and fix everything. After he passed away a few years ago, I cleaned out the garage and found a lot of tiny objects that I kept for art projects. Some of these I put to use this week, for the Tiny Pattern theme this month at Mullerin Art blog. I glued a couple of the pieces to an existing rubber stamp, to make some tiny patterns.

I made the whole piece tiny as well, about 3 by 3 inches. My ink pads all seemed to be drying out, but I kind of like the effect. They remind me of postage stamps.

During my walk, I found this tiny patterned sign on the sidewalk.

Although our winter has been like perpetual spring, it was actually a cloudy and cold day yesterday when I went to my printmaking class. Here are photos of the very old buildings where the art classes are held. They were used by the Navy during WWII.

The buildings are on top of a hill and overlook the ocean. You can see a slight horizon line where the ocean meets the clouds.

We worked on a lino cut in class. Here is my print of bamboo trees.

Last week I was sitting in my car at the animal shelter waiting for my friend who I volunteer with, and this hummingbird came right outside my closed car window. (He’s on the LEFT).  I grabbed my phone and took several pictures. I didn’t know if I had gotten him in any of them, because of course he kept moving. He was gone as quickly as he had arrived. It was a delightful moment.

Other than yesterday, the afternoons have been beautiful for walking. Here are a couple sights I saw today. This first one was in the middle of the sidewalk. I don’t know what the piece of metal was for, but some greenery had started growing in it like a little potted plant.

And if this yard were a painting, it would be a mixed media piece.

In my last post, I shared some mail art from a friend of mine. Here is the one I made for her, and included some paper ephemera inside that she could use for collages. The bears were on a card from the 1940’s I got from my mom’s papers she saved.

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Print Making

I went to an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art two days ago.  It was the 50th Anniversary of a workshop in LA called Gemini GEL (you can look up its history on the internet). Started in 1960, it brought together artists and master printers in the printmaking field.  People like David Hockney (below).

lithograph and screen print

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Jasper Johns,  lithograph from his numbers series

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Roy Lichtenstein, woodcut    (out of focus) ( argh)

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Joseph Albers, lithographs

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There were many others.  It was exciting to see the work of these artists. I’ve always loved all forms of printmaking.  Below are a few I did many years ago. The first one is a woodcut.  I photographed it in my window so you could get the effect of the light coming through the curtain.

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The next is a photo etching series of my brother skating on the boardwalk at Venice Beach.  There is a series of six images in color, and six images in white with a touch of water color.  I’m only showing three from each set.

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Coming home from the exhibit, I drove past downtown as the sunlight slowly faded. As much as I love visiting other places in the world, I love living in LA.  Recently they have been building more high rise apartments and offices, as more people are choosing to live downtown.

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A few photos from tonight’s walk. Autumn was definitely in the air.

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Wishing all a wonderful week.

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