Rabbit Town — A Poster and A Play…

I can hardly believe it’s been over two weeks since the last entry.  Time just goes…..where it fetches up I don’t know.  They’ve been busy weeks, too — mostly revolving around last week being Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Sunday just passed. Tied up is what I was.

I did, though, corner Philip LeBlanc and he helped me to put a couple of sets of pictures onto Flickr — one of the renovation of the garage/studio from a few years back, and the other of last year’s Heidelberg move.  I haven’t figured out how to do a link with it yet, but I will. I think it’s there under Rabbittown Press.

However, outside the churchy stuff, the the main event has been the poster for the Rabbit Town play being done by Lisa Anne Ross and her Solo Chicken Productions (check her web site). And it is now done……not perfectly done, but done.  It was an experiment in some ways and didn’t turn out too bad with the exception of some colour issues and some press problems (Vandercook SP15) that caused some off-registration here and there.  I still haven’t totally figured pout what’s going on there, but will.

Back a few entries ago I posted pictures of the blocks I was getting ready to cut for said poster.  Now I’m going to try and up or down load some more of the process and the finished poster (although be it one of the off-registration ones)……

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Goblet In The Making…

Well, as usual, I forgot to take pictures…..this time of the finished goblet that I managed to make for the New Brunswick Craft Council’s annual ‘Goblet Grab’ fundraiser.  This year it is being held in Saint John (details on the New Brunswick Craft Council website).  It was a fun little attempt at something I’ve not tried before, and I was more or less happy with the result, although the red oak was a poor choice for wood and my finish wasn’t the best in the world, but…..I can legitimately claim that I didm’t really know what I was doing.  Anyway, here are some pics of the process to almost completion…..

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…..after what you see, I had to do a little indentation decoration on the sides an put a finish on it. I must see if I can get the folks at the craft council to take a picture of it for me seeing as it is now in their hands.

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Mid-Week…

Mid-week………and the first day this week with no shovelling, other than the little path over the snowbank and in front of the door at the little wood shop at the other house. No sweat!  All to the end of finally cutting three blocks for the ‘Rabbittown Poster’ and for getting a piece of red oak ready to try and turn a goblet.

A week or so back, the New Brunswick Crafts Council (of which I am a juried member) contacted me re their annual ‘Goblet Grab’ fundraiser.  They mentioned something for their silent auction  because they knew I didn’t make goblets.  They’re right.  I don’t….or at least I never have.  However, I decided to try so I bought a two foot piece of red oak and today planed it and glued it up with epoxy glue to try and turn a goblet of some sort.  I either can or I can’t and the next day or so will hopefully tell one way or another. Here is a picture 0f $6.00m plus tax worth of red oak in the rough and then being glued with Jeff the cat looking on and being a damn nuisance while I mixed the glue…

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“Doo Doo Doo, Lookin Out My Back Door…..”

…..Or at least the back door of the print-shop……

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…..(I don’t think Creedence Clearwater Revival had this in mind or vision when they did that song)…..More snow last night and the second morning in a row of shoveling, although it was not as bad today as yesterday.  This for a couple of reasons — one being that there was not the ice that was in the mix yesterday, and secondly my attitude which was better today.  I blame my bad outlook on the situation yesterday morning for it making it difficult and for it bothering my back.  Today was different.  After surviving yesterday with my back intact, I went into it with a better frame of mind and it wasn’t too bad.

That being said, the overall situation is bad.  This is especially true for the poor animals like the deer which are near their time for giving birth.  No food and unable to move around — it will be a hard winter on the deer and other creatures…..and, I’m afraid it is not over yet.  After all it is only April 1st and a fool’s day indeed.

Of all the things I’m supposed to be working on, the last couple of days have made it difficult.  The weather and bad getting around is slowing down my otherwise already slow progress on a couple of things, especially the Rabbittown performance poster I’m working on for Lisa Anne Ross and her Solo Chicken Productions.  I can’t get to the other house to cut blocks and I can’t get the images o the necessary laser printer to make the transfers.  So, I’m having to bide my time and work on other things as I can.

More pics, from the road…..

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Finally The Day!…

Today was finally the day!… Mike Cote’s(‘e’ with accent acute over it but I don’t know how to do that on the computer) History of Graphic Design class came over to finish off their sessions with me — after two cancelled attempts due to storm. It went well, as it has in the past. After casting their names on the Ludlow (including Gerty’s) we inserted them into the poster I had pre-printed. Then we proceeded to proof the linocuts of those who brought them. Gerty was on the scene some, but spent most of the time upstairs…

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A More Or Less Big Day…

A more or less big day, today, after yesterday being a recovery day from the weekend.  Having finished pieces for Paula Keppie — recently-moved-back-to-Kentucky-local-artist/poet — I sent them off to her this morning.  Fifty (+) impressions of her poem ‘Surface Review’, here seen, literally,  in a couple of different lights —OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just the beginning for her.  She will work into these with only she knows what and create something I cannot imagine but that from past experience, will be amazing.

This afternoon saw my buddy, Rik Hall, here.  He paints with a local group, the Turps Art Club, of which I am supposedly a member but have been absent for some time.  Rik called a week or so back and wanted to come over and print a block he had carved last fall. So, today was the day, and it went well.  We used a German etching paper and printed it on the Vandercook SP15 …

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….of course, Gerty was interested in the proceedings and watching hard from her place by the window…

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A Late Winter Wonderland…

The end of a long day…..and a long week, it seems, although Sunday is by the calendar the first day of the week. For me, it always feels like the last day because everything builds toward it and revolves around it for me….and, after about thirty years, it is ingrained.

Twas a good day, though.  A bit of a hard start what with a dusting of snow late yesterday and overnight that left frozen down windshield wipers and ice to scrape.  Another reason I’ve had more than enough of winter.  However it was, as usual, a pretty drive to Penniac and church service number one. A late winter wonderland…

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