First print of the year…

(Finished in first week of January, but belated posting)

January 15, 2012

For a folio exchange called Everything Eleven (and some A/P ones will be used for my Bestiary), this one’s called:

Eleven Polish Posing

Reduction linocut of White Crested Black Polish, cock

'Eleven Polish Posing' • 3 color reduction linocut with some hand-coloring on Rives Lightweight • 14in x 4in • January 2012

(more than) 11 polish drying

He’s a White Crested Black, cockerel (under 1 year old), all grown up (he is one of my summer 2011 chicks). Quite the beauty, and not too mean as far as these fellows go. I have a bunch of young polish cocks in the barn pen, separate from the coop. When it came time to decide which polish would migrate to the coop (all the pullets and some of the cockerels), this guy was a no-brainer. Although he has about 6 or so other equally handsome brothers of the same breed, when I went to gather up some of “his” girls to take to the coop, he swooped down and tried to grab them (literally) out of my hands. He didn’t try to attack me, but rather tried to grab his girls back. I knew then that I had a good caretaker, mate for those girls, so I swooped him up too. At the very least he would look out for them and not let any of the bigger chickens pick on his girls.

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New broiler tees!

Available (for the first time) at tomorrow’s chicken talk at DCHS (see next post below).

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black tees with bleached out woodcut of broiler chicken's head and shoulders

woodcut-printed tees, tanks and v-necks available at DCHS this Saturday, August 6!

Badass Broiler woodcut done

Drying as we speak (or “curing” since this is oil-based ink which is already dry to the touch….), this 4 color reduction woodcut is printed on handmade paper I made in June. It’s 100% cotton, pigmented rag paper (with added sparklies). Closeup at bottom shows the gold sparkling through…..

Your Days are Numbered Cornish Cock!

large bust of broiler chicken

'Your Days are Numbered Cornish Cock!' * 22in x 16in * 4 color reduction woodcut on handmade paper (click to enlarge)

This is a Cornish cock or Broiler or Cornish Cross. The breed is raised for meat.

The print was made for a folio exchange entitled “Your Days Are Numbered.” (how perfect is that for my seasonal practice of raising animals for meat??!!? Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity). Actually, for the folio they are cropped down to 10in wide, which makes the rooster seem even bigger still (unable to fit into the scene’s dimensions). 22 of the 49 prints were sent off to the folio, and the other 27 I will have available to sell as is (16in x 22in).

Typically, growers butcher these guys at about 8 weeks old. I like ’em mature, so I let them grow till they’re ginormous and each one dresses out at about 12 lbs. or so. This way, one chicken can be made into various dishes, and frozen, to feed us for over one week.

woodcut prints of giant chicken drying on line

closeup of cotton rag green handmade paper with sparkling gold flecks

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And here’s the final closeup of the Avocado Gold paper that I love. See how it sparkles and how the black ink looks exactly like what it comes from: petroleum distillates….

Oh, and when looking up to see how to spell badass, I came across these awesome definitions of the word at the Urban Dictionary.

CLUCK: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks…


green cover of book featuring chicken in a circle

Funny, poignant, wry look at the backyard phenomenon of raising chickens for eggs, meat or just plain pets. Additional stories by Jane Hamilton, Michael Perry, and Ben Logan. Stunning artwork by S.V. Medaris. For animal lovers, pet owners, and art enthusiasts.

Itchy Cat Press
Read more about Cluck.

To order paperback, send $25 (check or money order) to:

S.V. Medaris
123 Drammen Valley Rd
Mount Horeb, WI 53572

$35 for hardcover (cloth bound with foil stamp, covered with book jacket).

Free shipping (and no tax) if ordered by June 1st.

Or pick up a copy at our farm during the Spring Art Tour, June 10-12. More info here.

8ft chicken is finished and on display…

…at the Overture Center for the Arts.

framed art on wall, with 8ft woodcut chicken in foreground

The show is up! Now on view through June 25th, 2011. Meet the artists at the reception Gallery Night, Friday, May 6, 6pm.

More info: Overture Center, Gallery 1

8ft hand-colored woodcut chicken

Hand- colored woodcut, printed on masa, then mounted on plywood cutout form and varnished. By the way, that's a Golden-Laced Wyandotte, cock. Maximus was one of my first roosters (bros with Big Tiny).

It’s a huge relief to be done with this and have it up on display. I mean it was fun to do, but printing by hand with a wooden spoon (my press is “only” 30in wide….the chicken block is a 4ft x 8ft plywood block) is not easy, especially with so much solid black. An exercise in patience most definitely.

2 Big Shows: Receptions (Fri, Sat) May 6, 7

Beastly Prints

Beastly Prints postcard

Now showing! "Beastly Prints" at the Overture. Reception May 6, Gallery Night!

Link to Overture show online.

A Pattern of Processing

Pattern of Processing postcard

Opening reception May 7 at 6pm.

More info: S.V. Medaris, shows.