Pas de Deux to Birds in Art 2015

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Pas de Deux linocut, detail of rooster head

Got the email today that Pas de Deux, a hand-colored linocut that I did the summer before last) made it into Birds in Art 2015! I still can’t believe it. Continue reading

Chocolate (calavera) factory

Had fun making these for a chocolate bake-off. But I think my favorite part was taking these photos–the lines of Posada chocolate calaveras, that I call PB (Peanut Butter) Posadas. Felt like I was in a candy factory…

These awesome candy moulds are from Crizmac.com. Click any photo to enlarge.

white-chocolate covered skulls

That sparkle (click photo to enlarge) is from a white edible lustre dust

white chocolate covered calacas in style of Posada

CANDY FACTORY!

chocolate candies in paper cups with recipe in background

Peanut Butter Posadas (white chocolate covered peanut butter-filled, dark chocolate base) cut up and ready for the tasting/bake-off. That's the recipe in the background with a paragraph explaining who Posada was, with his well-known Calavera Catarina featured.

PB Posadas

Background:
José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) was a Mexican artist whose best known works are his stylized calaveras (skeletons and skulls) that have become associated with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The images originally appeared in broadsides and newspapers in the late 19th century often satirizing the life of upper class society, and his work continues to influence the work of modern day printmakers and artists today. These chocolates were formed in moulds designed in the style of Posadas’ calaveras.

Ingredients
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups graham crackers (crushed)
1 cup butter
2 cups peanut butter
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1 lb (or more) dark chocolate (for filling back of mould)
1 lb (or more) white chocolate (for coating bottom of mould)
White sparkle luster dust (for decoration if desired)
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Assembly
Melt white chocolate in double boiler over low heat.
Meanwhile mix up peanut butter filling (1st 4 ingredients).
Melt dark chocolate in double boiler over low heat.

Coat bottom of moulds with melted white chocolate.
Freeze briefly to firm, then push in a ball of pb mix into each mould.
Fill each mould to the brim with melted dark chocolate.
Freeze briefly to make it easy for chocolates to be released from mould.

Decorate
Brush face of calaveras lightly with lustre dust if desired.

Birds in Art 2011!

Turkey Promenade features woodcut turkey by S.V. Medaris

"Turkey Promenade", 5-color reduction woodcut, 30in x 22in

Turkey Promenade made it into Birds in Art this year.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum writes:
“Jurors Martha Hill (author and former Audubon picture editor), Amy Montague (director, Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center), and Jim Richerson (president, Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences) spent a productive day reviewing 957 entries submitted by 583 artists before heading into the final selection round….[which includes] 113 juried artists and past Master Artists and the 2011 Master Artist, Jim Coe….”

I fortunately picked the right art to submit for this year’s jurors. This’ll be my 3rd time (2005, 2010) at Wausau, and I feel as lucky and honored to be in this show as I did the first time.

This little piggy…

…is going to the Wisconsin Biennial.

woodcut printed 8ft pulltoy pig with kids

"Market Weight Pull-Toy" • 8ft x 4ft • woodcut prints on feedsacks, wood, cardboard, acrylic, training wheels....

As is this tom:

woodcut by S.V. Medaris of giant wild turkey

"Turkey Promenade" • 30in x 22in • 5-color reduction woodcut

Wisconsin Biennial at The Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI. June 26 – August 7. Reception: June 26, 1:30 – 4pm

25th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show

Just found out today that two of my pieces won 1st and 3rd place at The Art Show at the Dog Show in the Print Category. A friend told me about this canine art show a year ago or so, and I finally decided to enter it this year. Now I can afford to frame the prints for the Overture Show in April. Feeling thankful.