April 15th, 2013
DEAR BLOGGERS: I WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU.
We have a mutual friend Dennis Brookshire and he has encouraged me to contact
you. Myself, I am an established and published Artist and have a great painting
that I would love to donate to the upcoming silent auction on May 3rd.
10 years ago my husband was killed on his motorcycle by a undocumented person.
He was only 44 years old and was a good looking, kind and loving man. His love
for exploring was on weekends when we could take off to Sedona or somewhere in
the State on his 1500 cc VOLCAN. Bruce my husband loved the old Indian
motorcycles and I had started a painting back in 2003. After his death it was
hard for me to paint and needed to heal. At the same time I was commissioned to
do 12 florals for the Wynn Hotel. You talk about timing... Anyway, recently I
had finished the painting and had it framed by another artist Charlie Smith. His
materials for framing are one of a kind and reclaimed wood from around the USA.
The two piece set is absolutely gorgeous and would like to help raise money for
When Bruce died we used the Make A Wish Foundation we had sent families on trips
to Disney on the Canadian side as well as the US side. I had donated his organs
and was so happy that we were able to help do many people. That was my husband,
a giver and always a good listener. Myself, I had learned to take a negative and
make a positive. Charity to help the children is one of great interest and self
gratifying to me...
With that said, it would be an honor and a great 10 year anniversary to have
Starlight accept our donation. You may also visit my website
www.fineartamerica.com/sherryharradence or www.sherryharradence.com.
Please feel free to call at 490-495-9271 anytime. I thank you on advance and
look forward to your earliest reply.
UPDATE: THEY HAVE ACCEPTED :)
August 5th, 2012
The Art of Monoprints
My husband bought my press back in the mid 90's as a birthday gift and I truely love it. It does take up a lot of room because of the bed size and the turning wheel. Needs to be centered in the room to allow access from both ends and sides. I am like a kid at Christmas with every print, where I can't wait to see the pulled print from the plate. The press has pressure of 4000 psi and its unique impressions onto the paper is like no other, 'unique ''one of a kind''... A paint brush could not duplicate the image from the pulled monoprint and that is why I love the printmaking. Its an original and no one can copy it.... (Manufacturer, Conrad Presses, Michigan)
The paper I like to use can be handmade, custom or printmaking papers designed for use of a press. Its fun to shop around the stores for beautiful paper and every state, province has so many art and stationery shops supplying unique papers. Myself, I am like a kid in the candy store shopping for supplies....lol In another blog I will give the recipe for making handmade paper out of your junk mail. Recyling is great and can enhance your picture like no other original.
Monoprints are fun to experiment with paint, ink, watercolors, oil pastels, explore different effects of adding and subtracting, anything goes and the attached monoprint "The Geranium" was created with rolling the brayer in the ink palette colors on the plexi-glass, then taking a credit card and sketching in the lines and difinition of the pot and leaves of the geraniums. The printmaking paper is soaked in a tub until it has the right absorbency of water. Because it absorbs so much and too wet for printing you need to use a towel to blot off the water for the right dampness and weight. Once my paper is just right, I then register the paper to the plexi-plate and then pull the blankets over for the press printing. Note, the attached print, I got from the plate two prints made, original and a ghost copy. Yeah!! It was a good day for a successful painting or paintings. You be the judge!! I welcome any questions and would love to hear from other printmaking artists or artists that want to learn or share.
Thank you for reading my blog. :)
Printmaker and Artist