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:

Kitten Likes Blood

At last check, this was the only print of mine from the “Small Works” show at Artisan Gallery that hasn’t sold. I wonder why?

Kitten Likes Blood
hand-colored lithograph
12in x 12in

ktten with blood on paws and mouth

This scene was from ¡¡Real Life!! Kitten–runt of the litter–joined in with the other animals to share in the spoils of a deer being processed in Pat’s front yard. She was very protective of her space/spoils, thumping her tiny little paw ferociously down on the ground to warn anyone away. Cute gross tiny ferocious yum.

Tunnel of Mortality (and much more) Friday night!

Install, day 3 at Artisan Gallery
(Day 3 of the install)

Artisan Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition
June 8th – July 22nd, 2012
Opening Reception Friday June 8th 5-9p.m.

Group Show: 25th anniversary — We are excited to celebrate our 25th year in Paoli, the anniversary show will feature favorite work from many of our gallery artists.

In the Cooler: S.V. Medaris “The Tunnel of Mortality” — Printmaking from birth to slaughter and everything in-between. One season of life on the farm (in life-size tunnel book form), as told by S.V. Medaris of Market Weight Press.

Nick Wroblewski: Color Reduction Woodcuts — Wroblewski’s woodcuts entice the viewer through the use of vivid colors and hold their attention through his variety of distinct mark making. This exhibit will have many prints which showcase his unique style of reduction woodcuts.

More info at Artisan’s Facebook page and
Artisan Gallery website

Badger Herald article about our “Beastly Prints” show

ArtsEtc.: Art
Dichotomy of human-animal interaction depicted through diverse media, aesthetics

shark print by Patrick Smyczek

‘Art of Bestiary’ explored in Overture print exhibit. Photo courtesy Patrick Smyczek

By Kathi Gadow
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:05 a.m.

Even if you are not in the Veterinary School, or even an animal lover, you’ll enjoy “Beastly Prints: Modern Interpretations of the Art of Bestiary,” part of the Overture Center’s new round of spring galleries….. (Read entire article)

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.