“Raven’s Place”, Monotype for Sundance Cottage

Time flying by! The intent was to post every ten days! It is now two months later! Slow, slow, you all know. But also busy with lots of teaching during the summer, just now finding time again to direct attention here at last! So first want to thank the many who responded to “Everyman”. There were lots of emails and some blog posts too! Love the interaction!

The “Raven’s Place” prints were done for a small kitchen area in one of the Sundance cottages. The image was produced in two versions, each 9″x9″. Both impressions are shown here. “Raven’s Place”, #II, is a result of reworking the print plate after the first image was printed. Reworking the plate can often create more depth in the second piece. Both birds found homes, #I, here at Sundance, and #II, went to the client’s home in Illinois! You can compare the prints and detail shots to see the subtle variations.

One connotation of raven is continuance. There have been many ravens produced over the years. I appreciate the opportunity to have encountered this one.

The colors used and the size of the image were influenced by the kitchen space.

“Raven’s Place”, #I

The colors used and size of the image were influenced by the kitchen wall space.

Detail of  “Raven’s Place”, #1

“Raven’s Place” #II

Printed from reworked ghost print plate. The blue along the black of the bird was untouched from the first plate becoming more visible.

Detail of “Raven’s Place”, # II

There is more contrast between the eye and the body with this second impression.

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“Every Man,” Monotypes for FFC

Writing this first blog feels a little like sending a message in a bottle. There will be some gestation while awaiting a reply from a yet unknown recipient.

The images here were commissioned by and recently delivered to Fitness Formula Clubs Gold Coast at 1030 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL.  They were created for the men’s lounge at this flagship location, as part of a branding and remodeling project. The concept for the sequence evolved as I first thought of some of the basic elements related to personal fitness.  Also appealing as ideas developed was embracing the unique individuality of “Every Man”, all shapes and sizes and levels of fitness. With these things in mind the images took form.  They are all monotypes, 13″ X 13.75″.  It was my pleasure to work with this series of prints. They introduced themselves one by one as the work proceeded.  I’m pleased to introduce them here with a bit of information about each of them.

"Every Man," June 2011: He isn't an idealized figure. Yet, he has strength. He was the first to appear in the series of six prints.



"Balance," June 2011: There is stillness in balance. Both of these figures seem painterly and present.



"Endurance," June 2011: This image is more graphic. There is some humor along with the push to the top.



"Rest," June 2011: There is always the discovery of an image as it develops, the way the colors work together, the way the shapes sit next to each other. As I looked at this piece on completion I recognized a little unintentional Picasso influence in the mix.


"Stretch," June 2011: Really like the energy of this one! Here I recognized something of a Mattise in the mix! Such a sweet surprise!


"Reach For The Stars!," June 2011: This piece was first done in 1999. It had another title then and was part of a series of prints inspired by Peter Gabriel and the connection of hands. At the time I knew nothing of his fan based Moon Club. These red hands seemed to be related to the hands in "Stretch". It felt right to include the piece in this group.



This work was delivered to FFC, Chicago, IL just a few days ago.  It is shared here like a message in a bottle.  Again, it has been my pleasure!

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