Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creative Cartography

So, sometimes one must get creative with what one does with their abilities.
The News-Sickle-Arrow  Editor, Erin Vander Weele, wrote a good article to accompany the front page map.
A work in progress, the Black Earth Creek wasn't yet blue.
 
On May 21st, a full page of map was published
in the Summer Times pullout section
of the Isthmus. Wisconsin's alternative newspaper.
55,000 of them!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Trout Days

I've lots of chased/repoussed copper and sterling fish. 
Trout and otherwise that I have been meaning to complete.
This year I got sidetracked by a road construction map.
I did, however, experiment with the dullest of the fish.
Now, Mary of Crossroads Coffeehouse will be
appropriately adorned for Trout Days.
This, the third of the Aluminum cuff Bracelets,
may also be part of the Trout Days Adornments.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Aluminum cuff bracelet donated

After so many hours working on the Road Construction Survival Map,
I found some time that I could think about what I could do for Bob's daughter Sarah.
He's holding a fund raiser for her medical bills. 
April 25, 2-11PM
Bob's BBQ Emporium
8164 Us Highway 14, Arena, Wisconsin 53503

I just couldn't donate something already done.
Sarah was heavy on my mind.
I needed to grab a hammer and pound.
This one of a kind, cold forged, chased, repoussed cuff bracelet of aluminum 
will go to a new home after the silent auction happening 
at Bob's BBQ Emporium.
who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Map deciphers road construction in Cross Plains Wisconsin

I've been working on deciphering
the road complexities 
of the US Highway 14 (Main Street) Reconstruction
that began this month.
Not knowing it was happening, 
I wound up getting very lost just trying to get a cup of coffee,
and then got lost again on the way out.
Since I've got this ability to render visual order to chaos,
I thought I'd make a small, easy to understand map for CrossRoads Coffeehouse,
which grew, and grew, and grew some more,
until now it's almost officially printed.
I want it printed by Trout Days!!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Whiteline woodblock printmaking at Peninsula School of Art, 2015

I'm teaching it again!
at the Peninsula School of Art, June 11, 12, 13 ! !
(Workshop ID PD1507)

I've been SO busy,
I've yet to organize my blogs, and update my LindaKelen-woodprint blog,

Wood will soon be assembled for the next couple of new blocks,
the progress of which will be posted as I go along.
If you've got questions or concerns, send me a note.

I have begun working on a block of Shina Plywood.

Right now my mind is being held hostage by a Paddlefish.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Another Road Painting

Oooh, I think I'm catching on.
It's not done. 
Close, 
but look!
I think I'm making friends with the oil paint!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Road painting

Just completed.
Another road painting.
This cell phone picture
will be replaced by a real photo, when I get around to it.


Sunday, February 01, 2015

VOICE of the River Valley

This painting of the Rock Wall on Y at ZZ
is on the cover of the VOICE of the River Valley,
a self supporting, very interesting local paper
found in various locations throughout the Driftless Area counties.
 
Each month, editor/publisher Sara Lomasz Flesch 
will have an article about whatever the cover is about,
plus more of why we like living here.
If you haven't found a VOICE of your own, you can read it on-line HERE
and you can read a little about me!
on pages 3 and 19.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Painting


Every year I agree to paint an 8" canvas
to be donated to the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition's "creative canvases" fund raiser.
The one above is for them...
although its colors are way off here.
The uprooted tree came from the Tornado.
It's nice to see the Moon.
There used to be a pine forest here,
until the Tornado.
(So curious....the painting directly above, now done, was small enough to be scanned,
the rest are photographed...and nothing really looks right.
I've got to figure this out.)
It's December 18th in Wisconsin, but no snow.
January 16th
We've had some snow.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Holiday Art Show in Frank Lloyd Wright's Wyoming Valley School

12 strong, unique artists star in
the first Holiday Show 
held in this unique building.


The opening was terrific.
A visually exciting show, well worth visiting!
Open through December 7th...
Thursdays and Fridays...3-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm.

Come see the show, 
and wander about this wonderful school
that kids were once very lucky to attend.

(It's just a wonderful site, 
it glows
when the sun goes down!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paddlefish Visitation

FLO came over yesterday,
and will stay through the Fall Art Tour.
Many of you have known about the Paddlefish I carved for the
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Documentary "Rhythm of the River"
seeing it on television or in the news.

Well, she's here in my backyard...
after a really active summer 
attending numerous events 
bringing awareness to the Wisconsin Riverway.
 

and to some of the events she's attended

I'll tell you more later in this blog, if I find the time.
I'm trying to ready for the tour.
In my attempting some order here,
I've discovered that my 7 Pound Betty
does NOT like her routine altered.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kelen Art in Shows!

In addtion to the Fall Art Tour, October 17, 18, 19th,
my Religionator print is in the CrossRoads CoffeeHouse show,
which opens tonight...6pm.












AND...
Next Wednesday, an art quality print on canvas of my whiteline woodprint, "I live here."



will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the art show & auction.

Yes...there's lots going on lately!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Fall Art Tour 2014

This year's Fall Art Tour will find my etching press squared up and working!
It happened in early summer.
I bought it new blankets, new ink and tarlatons.
Since my collagraphy class proposal was accepted at the Peninsula School of Art,
I had to remind myself how to print!
I got out the Art of Etching by E.S. Lumsden, the book I learned from at the Chicago Art Institute,
and read and practiced the printing chapters.
I got some hints and advice from a printer at Takach Paper, and another from McClains.
I went through lots of papers, and finally settled on a couple which worked wonderfully for my plates.
I printed...printed...printed...printed...printed...printed...printed...
and finally, I saw my abilities not only returned, but better than before.
NOW I could teach that collagraphy class, no problem.
I was armed, and ready for any kind of problems students magically present. 
SO....
After completing jobs promised to others,
and surviving the Peninsula School of Art's Guenzel Gallery Print Fair,
I've got a little time before welcoming the curious into my studio, #26,
October 17th through the 19th.   
http://lindakelen-metalprints.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Penninsula School of Art Print Fair

in Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin
this Saturday, 1pm - 3pm,
you can attend
 the Print Fair with woodcut  artist, Linda Kelen...(me)
This event is free and open to all families and  community members. 
Try your hand at your own woodcut print and take home  a small masterpiece. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.peninsulaschoolofart.org/events.html 
or call 920.868.3455.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Guenzel Gallery Print Fair

"In conjunction with the Guenzel Gallery exhibition, Out of the Woods
join us for a free print fair with participating artist Linda Kelen 
and create a small woodblock print. 
All materials provided."
 It's happening this coming Saturday in Fish Creek...
Door County, Wisconsin...
so I've been cutting wood and printing the blocks as fast as I can 
to show what's possible to do in a short amount of time. 
I'm using 1/4" and 3/8" Shina Plywood.
I'll post them here as I finish them.
An ExLibris print 
seems (to me) to be a perfect end goal 
for whomever might want to pick up a knife.
 So.....we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Out of the Woods... Contemporary Woodblock Prints Show

I'm just back from teaching WhiteLine Woodblock Printing 
at the Peninsula School of Art...
I'll post pictures from that later.
Their "Out of the Woods" 
Contemporary Woodblock Prints show is up!
August 22 through October  18, 2014
Kay McKinley, their gallery director did a terrific job of showing the wide range of wood printing 
through work of 
me, Linda Kelen , (also my blog of woodprints only)
and Richard Steiner, who will be there in person Sept 5-10, lecturing on the 9th.
I took photos, 
but the Peninsula School of Art link is great and ready right now!
And THEN....
On September 20th
In conjunction with the Guenzel Gallery exhibition, Out of the Woods
join us for a free print fair with participating artist Linda Kelen 
and create a small woodblock print. 
All materials provided.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

printing, posting updates

PRINTING
Wipe...wipe...wipe....print....print....print....
My printing is improving.  
Not yet ready to set up for acid etching,
I'm still doing collagraphy but have begun to tackle drypoints.
My drypoint guidance is coming from E.S. Lumsden's The Art of Etching,
paper suggestions from knowledgeable someones 
and some very fine advice from the LinkedIn Engraving/drypoint group.
The rest of is just trial and error.


POSTING UPDATES
I have begun to pump life back into METAL PRINTS.
There is a new blog for the BurgerGuy
which will probably grow slowly due to other time eating activities 
I've gotten myself into.
And there is WoodPrints!
I also freelance...hired art,
this blog also is being brought more up to date. 

OK...now I'm going to print some more.