Summer, 2013, Debbie Kaplan Glassberg recruited me to be “Lead Artist”, Sukkah Kit Team, ARTicipation: Abundance Garden Tasting & Sukkah Tour, The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS. Debbie Kaplan once approached me with the idea of a kit sukkah and I replied with some simple sketches of plywood or plexi […]
I painted a large sheet of heavy watercolor paper with numerous layers of red, yellow, and blue pigments in water, then drew in black and white ink. I particularly like that one hand is drawn only with black and the other only with white while the interplay of the squiggly ink hatches recreate the illusion […]
I was invited to design the covers for the July, 2013 Bohemian zine – four of the staff were kind enough to model for the cover drawing and the editor modeled for the ‘insert print’ which we folded up and saddle stitched inside as the centerfold.
Brightergy did an absolutely incredible job showing me how I could do my part to reduce carbon emissions and help the environment and showed me how affordable that could be – after incentives, about 12 to 18 months break even. Wow! Unfortunately, because half the cost was to be reimbursed by the reluctant Kansas City Power […]
The question of how to organize the visual and conceptual data that accrete as a portrait of a person is fundamental to Lyon’s work. While he answers the query technologically, he also answers it psychically. Each portrait coalesces identity into an ambitious exchange between sitter, artist and viewer.
For my 61st birthday in June of 2012, my mother-in-law treated my family and me to dinner at the fabulous Rieger Hotel Restaurant. We were seated by a very tall and slender (and gorgeous) hostess who was showing a lot of tattoo ink. I said I would love for her to model for me and gave […]
I wanted to try to realize something closer to naturalistic color. I’d tested a Japanese pen (Pilot Choose) with pigmented inks which, unlike most pens I’ve tested, would continue to write until the ink was gone. These were advertised as permanent with excellent light-fastness. I needed to learn how the colors blended when overdrawn, so […]
Kansas City printmaker Mike Lyon has established himself as a master of techniques by embracing technology to produce striking, larger-than-life portraits of people and nature.
March 11, 2013 I completed this drawing. I painted a large sheet of exceptionally heavy hot press watercolor paper with many layers of carbon black, yellow, blue, and magenta pigment. It produced a wonderful dotty grain and the color quality, though neutral, is so satisfyingly complex and varied. I began drawing Addy and Arthur. Arthur […]
In 2004 I shot a bunch of photos of my son, Max, wearing his hair a little spikey, shirtless in heavy boots. I wanted to refresh my moku-hanga woodblock printmaking skills. The prints were hand-pulled from 16 ash blocks using baren (traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking) on 23 x 13 inch sheets of Iwano Ichibei’s gorgeous […]