Wingtip Press Leftovers Print Exchange

Up, Up and Away

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It took a little doing, but we’ve managed to get our ducks in a row, and now Mike and I are actually going to be getting away for a little vacation. Just us and the mini-wolf pack. And a stack of books, a bunch of art supplies, a guitar, a yukulele, our swimsuits, and our fuzzy slippers. (Shhh! The fashion police aren’t invited!)

I’ve been busy crossing off things on my Do-Due! list and have a couple of updates for you — in no particular order…

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I got all the Leftovers prints hung. Most of them are in the stairwell going down to Mike’s studio. I wish the lighting were better. Next house. Tall walls, better lighting — I’m getting my “must have” list together.

We did end up selling our faithful 2001 Subaru Forester, “Wasabi-Ru,” to a terrific family and buying the 2015 Forester in Jasmine Green. Had to wait for it to come in in that color — no substitutions, thank you very much. We LOVE her, and have named her “Roux” in anticipation of adding New Orleans to our mix since we will be driving there when we go next February.

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We have booked our home away from home in New Orleans! We’ll be stayingin a perfect little Pied A Terre Uptown, three blocks off of St. Charles directly behind the Columns Hotel where they filmed the movie “Pretty Baby” a million years ago.

I am very excited because our neighbor on the same property is the artist Rebecca Rebouche. (Some of you will appreciate the strides I am making in the art of understatement.) Among other things, Rebecca designs for Anthropologie….

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Anyhoo…had to stop and catch my breath there for a minute… things are shaping up nicely around here with Monsters! put to bed, and “Water Works” (the next TVAA show coming up at Track 13 in Nampa — juried this time!) posted and open for submissions, and all my personal art commitments under control.

I’m sure I’ll hit the ground running once we get back, but for now it’s all blue skies and happy clouds and colorful balloons…just like these we saw just this morning in Ann Morrison Park.

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And we’re up, up and aaAAWWAAAYYYYY!

Leftovers to Digest

Wouldn’t you know just as we were contemplating the idea of downsizing, I’d get word that my “Leftovers” prints were ready for pick up.

There’s nothing quite like having 12 more beautiful, original works of art crying out for MORE wall space to make me question that idea….

Tall walls?

Smaller footprint — taller walls. Duh.

These are the prints I received in this year’s exchange:

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And this is what my living room looks like BEFORE I’ve figured out where I’m going to hang them all.

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You may notice there are a few more prints than the ones pictured above — that’s because there are other Leftovers from our exchange a couple of years ago which I’ve only just gotten framed.

I can’t wait to participate in next year’s exhibition. Mike is planning on it as well.

We are going to need some VERY tall walls!

Leftovers

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Today is the last day to submit work for the Wingtip Press Leftovers Print Exchange. I’ve only participated once before, but it was such a cool thang — you get 12 different original prints by other artists in exchange — that I’ve been meaning to repeat it, and I actually managed to get my act together this year!

In keeping with the idea of leftovers, my block is made of cut scraps of adhesive backed rubber from some long forgotten project which I stuck randomly onto a piece of cardboard, instead of just throwing them away.

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The paper I used is black printmaking paper which I’ve also had hanging around for quite some time just waiting for a project like this to come along.

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Mike let me borrow his ink, brayer, and method — which I have carefully observed over 27 years of watching him create our Christmas card each year.

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First you ink the block with the brayer.

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Then you lay the paper on the inked block and rub the paper evenly all over with the back of a spoon.

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And finally, you pull the print.

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I made 18 prints in all. 14 go to the Leftovers Print Exchange.

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I’ll show you the 12 I get in exchange when they arrive. Meanwhile, here’s #6/18 “Pieces of Summer.” (I guess I could also call it “One more reason to save your scraps!”)

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