Pinch me! After 45 Years, a Printmaker Once Again

A Printmaking Studio?

Mary Jo visited my studio this weekend. She's like a magic fairy. I saw in her a youthful version of my self. If I could wind back the clock and tell my younger self that everything would be ok. To offer guidance, compassion and encouragement at a time when it matters so much ~ what a gift she allowed me to give and receive all at once. This is what true, pure Divine Creative energy is. What an honor to call her my daughter!
Mary Jo visited my studio this weekend. She’s like a magic fairy. I saw in her a youthful version of my self. If I could wind back the clock and tell my younger self that everything would be ok. To offer guidance, compassion and encouragement at a time when it matters so much ~ what a gift she allowed me to give and receive all at once. This is what Divine Creative energy is.

I haven’t been in a printmaking studio since college. Funny I spent Sunday with a young woman who reminds me of myself in my early twenties. What would you say to yourself if you could go back and offer yourself the guidance of your older, wiser self?

I met Mary Jo at the art show in Massachusetts this spring. Yesterday she gave me the opportunity to reconnect with a young vibrant soul sister. Before she left, she bought my Soul Sister painting.  We loaded it and Embrace of the Mountain into her car, lot of hugs and promises to stay in touch. She had embraced her mountain too.

A magic fairy? I don’t know.

But today ~ you could knock me over with a feather! Who would have thought I would suddenly be the printmaker I was 45 years ago? Yet here it is, my first limited edition handmade print with inspirational story to inspire the Creator within.

And as I sit here finishing up this story, Rod Stewart is on the radio singing, Forever Young!

The story ~ The Magic Connection Between Painting & Dreams ~ is my story. I hope you will see yourself when you read it. So many people tell me stories of how their dreams have suffered at the words of others. I truly believe that this story is for you. Why else would so many tell me this story ~ if it were not my calling to help you rewrite it with a different ending?

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Joy’s Garden Folio Book with Tuscan Sun dream painting, limited edition of 10

The cover looks like hand painted fabric. Maybe that’s because it kind of is ~ my fabric. I printed my oil painting, A Lily Pond of My Own, on a sheet of uncoated domestic etching paper. It’s so soft and absorbent, it drinks in my pigmented inks like fabric. You can see in the photo below, how each of the folios is a different piece of the fabric.

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Inside in my story, The Magic Connection between Painting & Dreams ~ and of course, my hand printed limited edition of Tuscan Sun.

The story is the thing. Last week it started as a blog post. This week it’s expanded into this first edition folio book. It would make a fabulous gift. I think I will give my daughters-in-law each one. They have August birthdays. I think I will give them watercolor journals to go with it. If you want one of the other eight, you can purchase one here>

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Printmaking area is a clean white table with supplies for printing.

The whole studio is turned upside down. Now I have a ‘clean area’ right in front of the presses. The not so clean area is still set up on the other side. This is where I create the special surfaces to print on.

 

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Like paint, my pigment based inks look different depending on what kind of surface they are applied to. I have created a collage from several different textured papers. I painted it with gesso to make it white. I love the brush strokes showing in the final print.

 

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Tuscan Sun has a hand painted gesso surface painted on Arches Watercolor Paper. This gives the finished prints a rich, vibrant feel. I mounted each in the folio with rag paper tabs so it can be easily removed for framing. The story could be mounted on the back of the frame or tucked into a special drawer.

 

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I hope you can see the texture of the collage and painted gesso in this photo.

I have been experimenting with the idea of creating a small edition of The Little Black Dress and Jack Russell. This is my last project before I leave for Tuscany. I finished up the Tuscan Sun folios today. They are ready to ship, so I am running a special sale of 20% Off with the code: JOYFUL. Expires Sunday August 23 at midnight.

Maybe The Little Black Dress with Jack Russell edition will come together tomorrow? I’ll put her in the shop feed if she does!

Ciao!
Dorothy

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Provence Sunrise

​Provence Sunrise is inspired by our last morning in Provence. The birds outside my balcony were singing again. Every morning of our stay they sang the moon and stars away. On the last morning I shot a short video clip and watched as they woke from their nests in the giant fig tree in the garden. ​ ​

​It’s 10 feet wide by 4 1/2 feet high. Painted on canvas, it can be rolled to ship and stretched and installed on location. ​
French landscape mural

This would look fabulous in a master bath or spa.
Maybe a master bedroom? ​
French landscape mural

Canvas giclees of this mural are also available.
Contact me with your specs.​

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Greve in Chianti ~ Taking Off Soon

Greve in Chianti

We are packing a little each day. One of my muses is already beaming inspiration in my direction. These photos of the wine festival in Greve magically showed up in my email today. We will be there, living in our apartment in town when the festival takes place Sept 11 – 13. Stay tuned for paintings, wine and recipes. Our apartment is owned by a chef who gives cooking classes!

Muses of Tuscany

A Muse, by the way, is a daughter of Zeus. Believed by the ancient Greeks to be blessed with extraordinary artistic vision, muses are known to inspire artists and writers beyond their human capacity. I have invited several to visit me during my Tuscan residency. I am hoping they will show me how to stop working so hard, to relax and let the Tuscan lifestyle influence me and my art!

Greve in Chianti
Greve in Chianti

It will be interesting to see how each muse expresses his or her personality, preferences and gifts. I have created a feed especially for the muses. I hope they will be amenable to using it to share some of their thoughts and photos directly. We’ll see!

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Wine Festival
Greve in Chianti
Grape Harvest in Chianti

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