Friday, December 25, 2009

Illustration Friday:pioneer

We are all pioneers in our own way, am I right? We try our best as our parents did and our children will be the ones that carve out a new future. Many of the people I look up to create
buildings and homes and I enjoy that kind of pioneer. I feel lucky to have been exposed to so many trendsetters in my lifetime in the fields of art, printmaking, music, literature, films, architecture and especially the internet. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the artists and blog friends and blog groups, my family and anyone that stops by and looks at my pictures or reads my posts for the last 4+ years. It has been a wonderful and loving trip which surprised me at first because I thought maybe people would be critical but that has not been the case at all, everyone has been positive and supportive. I have appreciated all the kindness, cheers, friendships and meetings too.I actually met a few artists and writers that have come to LA and a few that live here and I have a phone friend in Alabama too!
I also want to mention that I have had my blog sponsored by Uprinting for the last few months because I wanted to give something back to anyone that comes here who might like to try a printer that is artist friendly and puts out great products. They are allowing me to give this experience for free for you and me : ) I am doing it to say thanks for all the comments, great feedback, laughs, tears, fun and great art that you share with me. It means the world to me. My submission for Illustration Friday's "pioneer" theme is Thank you Stationary, with Thank YOU from and to all over the world .

Marisol Stationary to promote and teach children the art of letter writing and Thank you notes. Valerie Walsh copyright 1994

Monday, December 21, 2009

Illustration Friday: undone

One good gust of wind and it could all come undone. Then a New Year and everything regenerates and is renewed and starts again. My submission for Illustration Friday"s
"undone" theme is a greeting card titled "Holly House". Have a lovely holiday whatever you celebrate :)
copyright 1995 valerie walsh

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Valgalart/ Working with William Wegman

I decided to resurrect my posting about the "artists I have worked with" series as a print maker at Wasserman SilkScreen Company. I really liked almost every artist I have worked with except for one or two (I worked with a lot!) but one I really liked was William Wegman. His art is all about his dogs and he's world renowned but you would never know because the guy was a pleasure to be around, very sweet to me and I don't mind saying I had a little crush on him. He is real smart and really loves those dogs, but all the while crafting amazing pictures that everyone wants. You might be wondering how we printed his work and for sure he was a special case because his originals are enormous Polaroid prints and call for reproducing a photographic realistic look using a fine art method of printing. We worked hand in glove with another printer that Jeff had a relationship with called Black Box and they made collotypes of his art on rag paper and we added some layers of ink (via silkscreen process) to enhance and pop the images. Plus we did a special varnish which is always gnarly and stinky and you get quite high being around it for a whole day. I hate to think about all the fumes I inhaled but what are you gonna do. Hazards of the trade. I think we did a 3-4 piece portfolio that was in a beautiful case and the prints were large. Normally I would remember all of the details, how many prints but at that time period his work was so hot that I was able to sell my printers proofs immediately for good money and I was a starving artist person so I could always use the cash. They sold for over $1000.00 each, there were at least 3 so I can remember I was thrilled that me and my dog Yote ate well then too :) The time period was 1988 and in those days people would walk in and buy prints directly from us and it was pretty great. Whenever an artist signs a limited edition and you have a very large print like this you must have a person that moves the prints while the artist signs in a very delicate and flowing way so that he just goes from print to print from a stack and barely has to lift his hand or head, It's like a little dance. I would move them to make a new perfectly aligned, signed stack. That was usually one of my jobs aside from racking and mixing inks which presented me two areas that I got quality time with the artists, mixing their inks for the proofing process with them and moving the prints while they sign them. We always make the print twice, once on a few sheets for the proofing process and again as the final edition so you are talking at least a month or more working on one artists job and you get to have a little insight into their mind and ideas. I feel lucky I had the opportunity to work for him. I looked up the print "Dusted" that we printed and it sells right now in a slumpy market for $5500.00- 7500.00. When you look forward and catch the vision if you have the ability to see ahead, buy art as it comes out at a good price. It can be a very lucrative and wise investment in the future, plus you can hang it on the wall and enjoy it too. Of course his work now sells in every possible market and it is what many artists wish for. It couldn't happen to a nicer man.

William Wegman, Dusted, 1988. Screenprint, 30 x 24 inches, 76.2 x 61 cm (paper). Edition 47/96. Signed, dated, and numbered, recto.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Illustration Friday: hatch

This might seem very obscure but my submission for Illustration Friday's "hatch" is a houscape of Malcom Leo's home. He is an amazing man that has produced documentaries of many great bands and artists. You might have seen some of them like: This is Elvis, The Beach Boys~an American Band or Rolling Stone~20 Years of Rock n Roll. So many I could not list them all. This is a portrait of his home and what I paint most every day "Houscapes", capturing a slice of someones life. OK, you are wondering where the hatch part comes in, this home is in the legendary Hollywood Hills and this is where the Golden Age of Movies was hatched and second as you can see home is where we find our escape hatch, where we feel safe. Safe at Home. For all you lovers of baseball you will recognize this phrase :) A view of his holiday card included on this rainy LA day.
PS: this is an exceptional view of the neighbourhood he lives in. I am standing on a hill across the street on another property that combines two lots that house an enormous mansion. Incredible!

art and pictures 2009 Valerie Walsh

Friday, December 04, 2009

Illustration Friday: crunchy

My submission for Illustration Friday's "crunchy" theme is "GingerBread House" from my 1st HomeMade calendar published by Entertainment Calendars in 2001. Happy Friday :)
copyright 2001 valerie walsh