Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer? What Summer?

This has been a summer I will never forget. Or, better yet, a summer I will want to forget. I doubt we have had more than five days this whole summer here in Red Deer, Alberta, when it was warm enough to put on shorts and go outside. If it wasn't overcast it was overcast and raining and in both cases it was chilly. In August, when we are normally using fans to keep cool, the furnace would kick on! I don't want to hear any more about "global warming". "Global climate change"? OK. But not "global warming"!

Now, with that bitching out of my system, I can get on with how I spent my summer. Besides escaping south of the border to enjoy the warmth in the good ol' US of A for a few weeks, I've been staying warm in the studio and working on a number of projects. Usually I scan work as I finish it and put the images up on my website, but this summer I've let that slip. I haven't uploaded anything since last February. I'm not computer savvy and I fumble my way through these things at the best of times. When I finally got around to the project it took me nearly all day because I had forgotten many of the complicated (for me) steps.

I added two wood engravings that are part of my series called See What I'm Saying? which I worked on over the Summer.

Last Spring I was offered the opportunity by Porcupine's Quill Press to create a series of wood engravings for a book titled Beasts of New York by Jon Evans and after I read it I couldn't wait to get started. I finished the last one a week or two ago and the Beasts of New York wood engravings are now on the website as well.

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