Thursday, December 20, 2007

Maps to...

My maps book are finished and ready for the world!

is available in two versions:

Spring print

This is the first color of a five color lino-cut I am working on. This is for the Four Oceans Press Spring Exchange.

I printed the first color on Tuesday and I am going to cut some tonight and hopefully print the second color.

Tomorrow is the first day of vacation and I am hoping to get alot of print in over the next two weeks. I also have to finish up Christmas shopping and do a bunch of other things...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Save this Date!

This is a picture of me from the Open Stdio Event Heather (my studio partner) and I did last June. You have to plan for these things way in advance. We made it official last night and we are committed (or should be committed) to doing the Open Studio this coming June.

It may seem ridiculous to put something on your calendar now, but our lives are so bury that is how it is these days. The event will be June 7-8 and 14-15, 2008. It will be at Heather's frame shop Creative Framing. We will announce more details as we work them out.

Heather and I have been working very hard to get Four Oceans Press off to a running start. We are about to finish our first print exchange. We both keep up our own websites and have many other draws on our attention - it may seem crazy to have added one more thing to fill up our time, but it has been well worth it. We have collected art from around the world and in the next few days we will be sending the now collated work back to the group of amazing artists who have made wonderful prints to share.

We could not have known how much work it would be, but both of us are happy to work 14 hours a day. In fact, I can safely say I think we both prefer working that hard.

There are still a few spots in the Winter Exchange. The deadline is getting close, but there is still plenty of time to pull a set of prints to share...

We have added a new section to our website - Opening Night Reviews. We go to a lot of shows and usually end up discussing them, taking pictures and meeting and talking to the artists. We created a review section to document our experiences. It adds a lot of work for us, but I think it also adds a new dimensions to our site.

If you are one of our local artists, be sure to let us know about your upcomg openings, so that we can be there.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Winter Proof...

This is my proof for the Four Oceans Press Winter Exchange. I will be making very minor changes and printing my edition this weekend or next. I will post the final version as soon as it is finished.

There are nine more spots currently open if you would like to join...

I also cut another linoleum for the Spring exchange, but I will have to post it in stages since it is a reduction print.

Monday, December 03, 2007


This is a quick Linocut I did last week...

Here is the color version...

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Opening night of the Post Card Show

Opening night of the Post Card Show @ the Lab in San Francisco
November 30, 2007.

Four Oceans Press artists Kathe Welch, Mark Knot, Heather Piazza, and the students of Oak Grove Middle School as well as nearly 200 other artists had their work on display. The Opening was packed with 250-300 people in the gallery looking through boxes of small format art.

We attended the opening and had to wade through the crowds to get a look at the amazing work of various artists. There was a lot of really cool work and we had to wait quite a bit to get to see it all.

Heather stood back and spied on the boxes of our artists to see what kind of reactions people were having to the work. The comments we heard were positive and we saw people walking away with a lot of the stuff we made.

Check out the Video I shot on opening night...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Last Leaf

This is my finished print for the Four Oceans Press Fall Exchange. I actually finished it a while ago but there are so many things to do - I have neglected to add this to my blog.

Last Leaf is 6" x 8" printed in water-based ink on 8.5 x 11 paper. I used my proof press to print the first few images, but I was not happy with the results I was getting, so I used a baren to print the edition. The image has a spot of green on the leaf which is hand-colored , but the rest of the image is black and white through out.

You can see the whole image on the Four Oceans Press Website Fall Archive page. If you are a printmaker and you need something to do - there are a few exchange projects you can sign up for at Four Oceans Press and on the Baren Forum.

Post Card Show 2007

I am showing my book "Maps" at the Post Card Show at the Lab in San Francisco. The opening is from 6 - 9, Friday, November 30, 2007 - that's tonight. The show runs from, Nov. 30 - Dec. 8, 2007.

This is my third year participating in the Post Card Show. You can see more about my Maps book on my website and you can click to see my work from previous Post Card Shows 2006 and 2005

Saturday, November 24, 2007


This is the front cover of Maps.

‘Maps’ is a hand made artist book. It is the story of how maps shape up and how maps affect our daily lives. I wrote 'Maps' while driving home from work one day and it was inspired by many road trips ‘Maps’ has 18 pages and is full of illustrations. The center page folds out into a large map. This book is hand-made in a limited edition of 200 and is currently displayed in the Post Card Show at The Lab in San Francisco.

You can see more images from my book and get directions to the lab here.

I also posted a few things on the Four Oceans Press store on E-Bay including Maps. Mark wrote a E-Bay guide called 'How to draw a naked Guy.' - It is really about how to get started drawing and how to work with a model - but it is a catchy title.

We are still looking for artist for our two exchanges. The Winter Exchange has 13 artists so far and the Food Alphabet has 11 artists. Q, X & Z - some of the hardest letters are taken.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Proof.

This is the first Proof I pulled last night. I want to make a few more cuts before I print the edition. It will be mostly black and white with a touch of color on the leaf on the left side of the print.

We are getting in new prints for our fall exchange all of the time and it is really exciting (and exhausting) to coordinate. We knew it would be a lot of work, but it is well worth the effort we are putting out to facilitate such a wonderful thing.

We have a lot of work to do to get our next two exchanges filled with participants.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Ready for Proofing...I think!

This Linoleum is finally ready to proof. Heather and I have been so busy coordinating and doing other web work for our Four Oceans Press Fall and Winter Print Exchanges we have held off on completing our own. Heather's four color print is half way done and I have just finished cutting mine.

I think it is really interesting the way a linoleum looks before it is printed and a lot of artists don't really show the process they go through to make their art. I really like to see the work in before it is finished and I think others might feel the same. I have a few more images of this lino on my website and I will post the proofs and finished image as soon as it is complete.

Our Four Oceans Press Exchange is going strong. We have 16 artists prints on our Fall Archive and we are taking sign-ups for the Winter Exchange and the Food Alphabet Exchange. Also Heather and I both signed up for the BarenForum Year of the Rat New Year's Card Exchange.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Michael Smith at Bucci's

This photo is by Michael Smith.

We went to the opening for Marie Ali and Michael Smith show at Bucci's in Emeryville. The two photographers had very different images which complimented each other quite nicely.

Michael Smith's work is most large sweeping panoramic shots that show the dynamic beauty of naure.You can almost feel the early morning mist as you watch the sunlight rise through.

Marie Ali photographs show a differentkind of intimacy with nature. All of her images are close shots of large turtles swimming and playing in the water. It is rare to get that close to wild nature and beautiful that shehas done it to share with all of us.

The Show runs October 27 - November 30, 2007 at Bucci's in Emeryville.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Winter Print Exchange

Four Oceans Press is nearing the end of our first print exchange and we are quite excited about the turn out. So far we have 13 of 25 prints in and currently on display on our permanent archive page.

We are happy to announce sign-ups for our second Hand-pulled Print exchange.

This is a simple print exchange. You print an edition of 26 hand-pulled prints in any traditional print media – Woodblock, Linoleum, Serigraph, Lithograph or Intaglio. You will have about two months to do the work and send it to us. Send the prints as soon as they are finished and dry. We will coordinate and collate the prints and return to you a pile of 25 prints from 25 different artists.

All of the details can be found on our website.

Our exchange is open to anyone who works in traditional printing media.

Take a look, Read, Consider and then sign up. If you can not get involved this time, check our website regularly for our next exchange and other projects.

Opening night was fun!

I had three pieces hung on the walls of the gallery and 13 prints in sleeves in a display rack.

I won the Best of Show Sponsor's Award for my Linoleum print Sally Bird. My print The Enchanted Tree and my pen & ink drawing Holiday got a lot of really good response form the crowds. Holiday is the second in my calendar series to be shown at the Frank Bette Canter for the Arts. There are twelve calendar in the series of which three are finished. When they are all complete I plan to show them together.

Heather Piazza had four pieces hung on the walls and 15 glass pendants on display. Graham Bird had one of his photograph in the show - a painted nude female figure holding a gold pear and a dove.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Alameda Literati

I will be presenting my half-way completed picture book 'The Last Monkey" at Alameda Literati, (tomorrow) Saturday, Nov. 3, at 12:00.

'The Last Monkey" is a story about my fear of falling off of the bed. The drawings are Pen & Ink.
I will be showing several drawings from the book as well as reading selections and answering questions about my story making process. Several more images can be seen on my website.

Another Drawing, 'Holiday' is currently on display at the Frank Bette Center for that Arts with a few of my woodblock and Linoleum prints. 'Holiday' is part of series of twelve Calendars each with its own theme. The first Calendar - 'Month' was shown at Frank Bette in September.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Partridge and a Pear Tree

Come Check out the show at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts "A Partridge and a Pear Tree". The show runs from November 2nd - December 24th, 2007.

Opening Gala is Friday, November 2, 7-9 PM.

I have two relief prints and a large pen & Ink drawing in the main gallery.

This Print is called 'Sally Bird'. It is oiled-based black ink spooned onto very fine rice paper. I printed this before I got my proof press.

My friends Heather Piazza and Graham Bird - artists associated with Four Oceans Press & Gallery - also have pieces in this show.

Our First Four Oceans Press Hand-pulled Print exchange is well underway. Ten of 25 artist have sent their prints in and they are archived on the site. If you are interested in the next exchange the details can be found here. The theme for the second exchange is "Winter" and sign up starts November 1st, 2007.

Saturday, September 29, 2007


This is a drawing on Linoleum for my next print. It is part of the Four Oceans Press Fall 2007 Hand-Pulled Print Exchange. I will put more shots of the print here as it progresses.

About this time last year I decided it was time to start my own press. I had some clear goals and some big ideas and I knew I would learn a lot in the process. This summer my friend Heather and I decided to do our first big project as a hand-pulled print exchange. We had both participated in print exchanges through BarenForum and a few other organizations. We thought we were ready so we put out the call for artist and whole bunch of people signed up. Currently we have 21 of 25 spaces filled. We are still looking for four more artists (See the details here).

We actually have four exchanges scheduled over the next year and a few projects to go along with the exchange. The first project is a 2009 Calendar which should be completed next fall. We also are working on details for a show here in the San Francisco Bay Area of all four print exchanges – 100 artists, 100 prints.

We want to promote our own work, of course, but we also feel that this is a good way to promote our friends who are artists – so each artist who participates in the exchange will have a permanent spot on the Four Oceans Press Archive with a link back to their website….

Monday, September 10, 2007

I won an Award!

Opening night at the Frank Bette Center was really good! There were about 100 people there and I got a lot of really good comments about my art - especially the 'Month'. I received the sponsors award for this piece. It was quite a surprise! Here is a close up of it and I will get a better picture when the show comes down at the end of the month.

This is a picture of one of the gallery patrons studying the 'Month'.

This is a shot of the huge crowd. It was wall to wall people with a lot of other people in the other rooms. You can see the 'Month" hanging in the corner of this room. It is really big! To the left of the 'Month' two of my prints are hanging. You can see a straight shot of them below...

The one on top is called 'Once there was a way...', on the bottom is 'When I call you name...' The collage in the middle is not mine, but it is very nice.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Art Opening - tonight!

Frank Bette Center for the Arts,
1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501


Opening: Friday September 7, 7-9 PM

First Friday Opening Gala of "Reading Between the Lines"

If you can't make the opening check out the show any time - September 7-29.

I have four pieces in this show. I have one large drawing and three prints. The large drawing called 'Month' is about 24" x 40". It is a pen and ink drawing with an image of a laundry machine I invented and some text describing a month in the life. I will post an image as soon as I can get one. I can't believe I did not photograph it before I had it framed. It is first in a series of 12 and I am very excited that it got into the show.

One of the prints is a variation of "The Three Graces" print with a block of blue text added that reads "When I call your name..." The second print is called "Once there was a way..." It is a landscape print of a valley road with mountians in the background and a giant fork in the road - figuratively and literally. The third print is from my Lavatory series. It is a 4" x 6" print of a roll of toilet paper.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


This is my most recent Linoleum print.

Blumen is the German word for flowers. This is an image of three large flowers. This linoleum block print has four colors and is printed by hand. First the Yellow was printed, then part of the image was cut away and the dark yellow was printed. More linoleum was cut away so that the Orange could be printed and finally the Red.

There are 8 color variations of the image. The whole series can be seen on the 2007 print archive page on my website.

I am excited about doing more multi-colored prints...

It has been a very busy summer. Yesterday was my first day back to work in two months. School starts on the 27th and none of the teachers are ready... I will be glad to have a regular schedule, but that means I will have less time for goofing off - and I will misss it.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Open Art Studio Event!

This is a large reverse acrylic painting I have been working on. It is painted on glass and then peeled off and will be mounted to a canvas. This image will actually be cut and made into two separate canvases.

Several artists are featuring their work at the same studio location (some of the artists involved are featuring their collection of female and male nude drawings/paintings/prints at the same studio location). Oil & Acrylic Paintings, Sculpted Glass Pendants, Pen & Ink Drawings, Linoleum & Woodblock Prints, Photography and More...

Pro Arts is pleased to announce East Bay Open Studios during the first two weekends in June: June 2 & 3 and June 9 & 10, 2007.
East Bay Open Studios will feature over 400 artists.

June 2 & 3 and June 9 & 10, 2007
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Several artists, including:
For more information:

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Citrus Tree...

This is a 'quick' oil painting I did this afternoon. It is 9" x 12" on Canvas. It is harder each day to come home from work and work more - on my own art, but summer is so close.

Officially, I have 20 school days left. Then, I will have two glorious months to paint and print...

Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Enchanted Tree

The Enchanted Tree is part of a series I am doing for a book project. This print is part of the BarenForum Exchange#32.

Monday, March 05, 2007


This is an image from the book I am working on called "The Last Monkey." It is about my fear of falling off of the bed. This drawing is from the part where I am trying to hide from the Sharks circling my three level bunk bed.

The story is finished and about 1/3 of the illustrations are done.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


My students want me to show them how to draw certain cartoon characters and I want them to use their imagination and experiment and try to figure things out. This sketch grew out of a drawing I made to show a kid how to make a cartoon monkey and a cow. I thought it would be funny if the two of them had a conversation.

This drawing is based on the Illustration Friday theme of Communication. Cick on the link below to see more.

I am starting to list some of Art on Etsy. Etsy is similar to E-Bay but with out the auction format and all items are handmade.

Monday, February 19, 2007


This is a sketch for Illustration Friday (see below). This weeks theme is 'Gravity' so I drew a tree with it's last leaf on the ground...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Mountian

I have been experimenting with mono-printing. This is one of my first attempts. I actually tried it a few years ago with bad results, but I took another shot last night and I was much happier with what I got. I am going to try a few more with different and extra details and I think I will hand-color this one...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Orange Flower Oil Painting

This is a oil painting called Orange Flowers. It is about 9 inches square. Painted on Masonite.