Chicken Pot Pie to Birds in Art 2016

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I lucked out again…

head of White Wyandotte, detail from hand-coloured, 5ft woodcut 'Chicken Pot Pie' by S.V. Medaris

Picking out pieces to submit back in April, this was another one of those “omg, like what do I have to lose?” sort of entries, hoping hoping hoping that this year’s jurors would appreciate a little levity. 6am this morning in my inbox, I found out that they did:

Your Birds in Art entry Chicken Pot Pie has been selected for the 2016 exhibition…

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Drammen Valley (Holi)days!

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Galpaca Farm Alpacas, Munchkey Apples, Market Weight Press, and Linstroth’s Valley View Farm for 2 days of Holiday Fine Art, Fine Crafts, and our bountiful Fall Harvest Produce. Continue reading

How to Harvest, Cure and Store Onions

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onion in garden

This year I grew some Copra onions–one of the storage varieties.


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Onions: Gardener’s Supply

Step-by-step instructions, photos,… just about everything you need to know. AND easy to follow even for those of us who have never really taken care to do it the right way, like, ever.

Plus instruction for caramelized onions for the “non-keepers” at this link too (with a Flickr photo sequence!).

Frogman’s 2013

close-up of toad face

Toad, not frog

litho of hog holding platter with a ham on it. Background letters read: 'Jambons...Le Porc....100% de porc americain.

Final print, “Jambons (Hams)” 9in x 6in, 5-color lithograph (polyester plate litho). CLICK TO ENLARGE

This year at Frogman’s printmaking workshops I’m taking polyester plate lithography with one of my alltime favorite artists: Katherine Polk and Andy Polk. They are great instructors too!

JULY 9: Today I got the keyline color (black) down in a small edition of 10. With this process, the Polks print the black or dark color keyline first.

Tomorrow we start adding color in transparent layers over the black. Very exciting.

All the other colors are primarily a transparent tint base with just a smidgeon of color added. It’s like painting watercolors or dyes over an ink drawing. The effect is translucent, rich, glowing color. It can be magical.

JULY 11: Here are some of the steps below, in order of printing:

black on white prints of hog carrying platter of ham

Jabons prints drying on rack, first layer of ink: black.

2-color print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 2: salmon.

3-color print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 3: slightly green cyan.

print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 4: subtle cream-colored overlay (over whole sheet of paper), to sort of antique the image.

full-color litho print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 5: Golden orange-yellow layer added to hog/platter/ham section of print.


Frogman’s…


…is not just printmaking. They have lectures, artists’ talks, museum/gallery walk, karaoke, bowling, open portfolio…all scheduled on different days/eves. Basically, it’s nonstop printmaking by day and night, with social events most eves.

The other night, after midnight, coming home from bowling, I chanced upon this little critter:

side-view, toad on pavement, night sky behind

Someone told me this is a Buffo toad.

And here we are, at the bowling alley/bar near the dorm where we stay…. For bowling, your team has to wear a costume. You’re limited to $5 per costume, and so, many folks head to the local thrift shop to find their costumes. We happened upon plastic flower pots and creepy little rubber human heads, which of course gave us the team name of Pot Heads. Green lace and string for capes…

dark interior of bowling alley, people with flower pots on heads

Meet Team Pothead.

And a close-up of our awesome hats:

Before and After (berries to pie)

All the rain we had this spring and early summer has made it an amazing year for mulberries. Finally got around to taking the truck around the perimeter of the farm and climbed on top to gather the best berries. What a treat.

top photo: red and purple mulberries. Bottom photo: golden pie with slice removed, dark berry filling

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE. Mulberry rhubarb pie with mulberries from our trees, rhubarb from Galpaca Farm next door, and lard in the crust from our hogs. Yum.