Friday, October 29, 2010


Painted some of the form back in to the above shitty print I got this week.
I'm starting to think it might not be garbage.

And I still keep adding paint this one.

this print came out really strange, but my teacher really likes it as is.
So im not allowed to touch it anymore.

And this one.. well i dont know. Again i was thinking trash, but of course the teacher loves it. I wasnt happy with how its coming out.


came over and helped me install this giant light in my studio room today! It works amazingly. All nighters at my place just got so much better.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Sandra Holata

liquid light artist with much more experience than me. I really like the materials she prints on.

I very rarely ..

come across an artist that truly inspires me and that I can appreciate for process, aesthetic, and concept.

here are a couple small samples of work by Aqsa Shakil.

Monday, October 25, 2010


"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

-Winston Churchill



Made a new canvas print today of this photograph.
As you can see, it came out like poop.
Hopefully I will have better luck next time
as I adore this image.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Homework: Nietzsche

In Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883 - 85), Friedrich Nietzsche introduced in eloquent poetic prose the concepts of the death of God, the superman, and the will to power. Vigorously attacking Christianity and democracy as moralities for the "weak herd," he argued for the "natural aristocracy" of the superman who, driven by the "will to power," celebrates life on earth rather than sanctifying it for some heavenly reward. Such a heroic man of merit has the courage to "live dangerously" and thus rise above the masses, developing his natural capacity for the creative use of passion.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Idea

I ran out of my oil ground base that I prepare my canvas with for photo printing.
And its expensive.
So I decided to put liquid light on an already painted background.
Just for fun.
To see what will happen.
And because hey, its an oil ground, right?
I am starting with this old hand study from painting 3 last semester.
Ohhh jeeze fun!

Friday, October 15, 2010

miss you.

my mema and papa both have alzheimer's.
papa turned just turned 73.

when we lit the candles on the cake to sing
they didn't know who was supposed to blow them out.

and mema wouldn't stop asking about our home movies the whole time
and while i watched the 8 year old me run around on the screen
i caught the saddest longing in her eyes

that i couldn't stop thinking about for days.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Prints

One with painting added, one without. 

TrialandError = Progress

Tricks I have discovered that are crucial to printing on canvas with liquid light:
  1. School developer is too strong. I use a 1:13 ratio instead of 1:9.
  2. Stop bath makes spotty prints. Instead I use a weak fixer. So my darkroom setup is: developer, fixer (1:9), fixer (1:4), wash, fixer remover, wash.
  3. Using a prewash to soak canvas before developing helps developer coat canvas evenly.
  4. Safelights in the darkroom need to be turned down all the way and turned away from canvases because liquid light is sensitive to safelights.
  5. Water and chemicals at 70 degrees will be too warm for the emulsion. It will slide right off of the surface. I prevent this with icepacks in my chemical and water baths.
  6. Metal on brushes will contaminate emulsion. Cover metal parts with nail polish.
  7. Sitting too long in a chemical or water bath will make emulsion bubble. For long baths I just hang the canvas over the tray and pour onto it instead.
  8. Print will continue to develop in developer if not taken out when it looks finished.