--Sue and Julia
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By Friday Jeffrey was finishing up his final pieces, making monoprints by using three different solar plates and layering them with different combinations of watercolor as well as oil painted on vellums. There were many "ah-ha" moments as we pulled each print off the press.
In the morning, the advanced art class at Steamboat Springs High School came for a visit, through the Center for Visual Arts in SS. Sue demonstrated the printmaking techniques we had been utilizing all week with Jeffrey, and he talked about the project.
Saturday was Jeffrey's last day in Steamboat and the official signing event followed by a private screening. All the prints had been cut down to size, chopped with the OG stamp, then all were signed by the artist. It was pretty amazing seeing all eighty-five pieces together, and recalling the hard work and energy put into each print.
Unfortunately Jeffrey had to leave early due to the stormy weather, but not before we pulled one last print as a demo to the visitors who came to see his work. In the foreground the this picture is a castle Jeffery built out of the corrugated cardboard pieces he used to paint with.
We are proud to have our first project under our belts! It was such a whirlwind going straight from construction, to opening party, to first project, but the momentum from such activity has given Oehme Graphics wonderful energy that we will carry throughout our first year.
Up next: Susan Hambleton
All of the work (as well as pricing and sizing information) created by Jeffrey Keith and produced by Oehme Graphics will be available to view on the Oehme Graphics website by the end of January. Please check it out!
This past week was extremely productive, and everyone was working hard. Jeffrey began using oil based inks, and for many of the prints we pulled he layered them on top of "ghost" prints of his watercolor vellums. (A ghost image is the print made from the leftover ink on the plate after its first run through the press.) We were all surprised and pleased by the results--many complex and unexpected images.
Jeffrey's handmade palette knives and extensive, colorful palette.
With some tweaking still needed to perfect our solar plate making box, we decided to use the good old fashioned sunlight to expose the solar plates for Jeffrey's print. Finally, by Thursday it became sunny and we were able to make six solar plates using the bright Colorado sun. Sue and Julia worked together by passing the plate pack through the window, Julia exposing the plates and Sue preparing the plates and developing them.
Exposing the solar plate with a hand painted vellum on top, clamped together to prevent slippage.
Once the plates were developed, Sue and Julia inked up and wiped the plates for the first edition prints at Oehme Graphics! After printing a couple of runs on the press, Jeffrey and Sue played with color combinations and using various printing techniques until all the pieces of the print came together.