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SOS Art 2011

Two of my earlier woodcut prints 
are included in SOS Art 2011,
a sprawling 10 day event which includes
visual art, poetry readings, movie screenings,
 panel discussions + more.

Now in its ninth year,
SOS (Save Our Souls) focuses on art
that expresses sociopolitical ideals,
and also on the themes of
peace & justice.
This year it’s being held at the
Art Academy of Cincinnati, 
and overlaps with the
Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

“Another Man Falters”

“The Mission District”

Opening tonight, and continues through June 5th.

27 May 2011

flattened, folded & finished

I always have an interesting
feeling of relief/release whenever 
a print is finally completed.
I suppose that comes from working on them
for such a long time, that I inevitably 
get a little bored and anxious to move on to something else.

Luckily, yesterday my two month long wait
for my block order from McClain’s
finally arrived, so now I have a
fresh batch of shina to begin working on.

The final paper size on this image
is 21″ X 30″.
I did an edition of four on Masa paper,
and two artist proofs on Echizen Kozo.
20 May 2011


So today I proofed my text block,
and other than cleaning up the carving 
around the letters, I should be ready to print
in a day or two.
This is a good way to use up all of
my odds & ends of scrap paper!
Comments Off on proofing
14 May 2011


I finally completed the right side of my current print
this past weekend. But now I’m stalled on 
the left side. 
My original plan was to print the text as
you see it here in this transparent overlay, and the finished
print would be folded and creased in the middle
to resemble a page from a book.

 Since I’ve only print seven (and one is already ruined from
a random ink splash), I don’t have much room to play
with the text block. I had considered using colored ink,
and even printing it directly across the face.
I’ll need to ponder my choices for a few more days
before I decide….. 

“Plead Guilty” was taken from the handwriting on
the back of his mugshot. Interestingly, he was arrested
in my hometown of Toledo!

10 May 2011

Nearing completion….

Now that I’m getting close to completing
this side of my print, I finally get to use my tiny
hanga bake brush for a change.

7 May 2011