Figuring it Out: Mike Lyon Drawings and Prints at the Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas opened April 14 and runs through July 19, 2009. Exhibition CATALOG PDF download also see the Beach Museum’s web site blurb from the Beach Museum of Art web site: Figuring it Out: Prints and Drawings by Mike Lyon April [...]
Dear Center for Contemporary Printmaking moku-hanga workshop participants (Janis Carter, Carol Borelli, Aeleen Frisch, Charles Hallock, Andrea Krupp, Simone Ingram, Wimberley Burton, Mary Gerster, Su-T). Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! What a great week we had, and I congratulate you all for having designed, carved, and successfully printed Japanese technique woodblock prints! WOW! YOU [...]
This is a progress report (with many photos) showing a long-term project underway — my design and manufacture of a large (about 5×10 foot) woodblock printing press for shin moku-hanga (new Japanese woodblock prints). Late in 2004, I decided to produce large woodblock prints — larger than I was able working alone and using a [...]
“Jessica” woodcut approximately 15″ x 10″ completed September 19, 2003 while teaching a five day Japanese technique woodblock printmaking class at the wonderful Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. Printed from a single cherry plank in 19 carvings and printings on handmade paper by Yamaguchi Kazuo.
Title: Sarah Reclining (bijin aizuri-e) Size: 16″ x 22″ Date: August, 2003 Medium: woodblock print (water based pigments) on washi My primary model for almost a decade, Sarah had fallen asleep while modeling for this print. To me, her relaxed posture and features were so beautiful! “Bijin” is a Japanese word which means “beautiful woman.” [...]
“Sarah”, 2003, 15.25 x 5.124 inches, Chu-tanzaku Bijin Mitate, Moku-Hanga, color woodcut This is a four basswood block reduction in Winsor & Newton Transparent Yellow, Alizarine Crimson, Prussian Blue, & Sumi with 28 color layers with a dark mica ground. 56 sheets printed in all in three variations. This one has a dark baren-suhi ground [...]
My primary model for seven years, Sarah, with her daughter, Lily in her blue jelly flip-flops. Oban Moku-hanga three color (Prussian Blue, Quinacidrone Magenta, Sumi) reduction on three blocks in 19 block states. One basswood block and two shina plywood blocks. On Baren Mall Yamaguchi Hosho paper (very nice!). Fifty sheets printed in all. Twenty-three [...]
This is a print I produced for Baren Forum‘s 14th Exchange. This version included an additional block carved from oak which I used to print the ‘wood grain’ in the background. The print is o-ban (large size — about 15 inches high) on hand made, unsized gampi paper. This is a reduction print, printed by [...]
This is an example of the prints I produced for Baren Forum’s 13th Exchange, “Music”. The prints are chuban, paper about 10 1/2 inches high. The print shown is a reduction print, printed by hand using Traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques and materials (except, of course for the reduction part). Traditionally, each of the fifteen [...]
This image of Dana turning in my yukata was my first attempt at aizuri-e (blue printed picture). I used only shades of blue in this Japanese technique woodblock print (moku-hanga). Later efforts included sumi or other blacks in order to increase the depth of darkest printings.