Wednesday, September 30, 2009

And the stress sets in

Today I realized how much I have to do in the next two weeks, and the stress is overwhelming. This blog, though, isn't really about me, it isn't Twitter.
I have noticed how inspired I am by ancient art. Cave paintings, Egypt, Ancient Greece, Easter Island, the list goes on.
I suggest checking out the roots of art. It could benefit you.
I apologize for the extremely short blog, but I don't really have much to say.
Emily Ritter


I am glad that assignment is done. I was really starting to hate Warhol. I did enjoy the actuall process of making the print and the techique of etching.

another blog

We made a blog for the Festivals and Biennales class.
A fair amount of info take a peek if you would like.


Monday, September 28, 2009

finishing things up

so i leave for london tomorrow and im just trying to get all my assignments done before i go. im sure ill have some exciting things to post about when i get back.
megan st. clair

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Art Show In Fredonia, Ks

I had entered some of my art work into the Stone House Gallery in Fredonia Ks. My wife and I along with my two daughters left Wichita on Friday around 12:00pm to make a dead line of 5:00pm in Fredonia. All my art work had to be framed and wired to be presented in the Stone House Gallery for a month of showing. I had entered one of my paintings that I won first place in the Chanute Art Gallery. My other piece was a drawing of my youngest daughter Reganne which I had also entered into the Chanute Gallery and won second place with that.

So with my fingers crossed these will also win, but I wont know anything until next Saturday.

Steven Wilson III
Rode bikes last night all over the ICT. Ate at "Lets be
Frank"... Good hot dog place. They have all sorts of different ones too. Like mac n' cheese, PB&J, or even smores. Crazy huh?

-Susie McHugh

Post about Posts.

So a website I have been in love with for awhile is I'm sure many of you have heard of it or checked it out or flipped through a book at Barnes & Noble. But they post secrets that people send in anonymously every Sunday. It is one of my favorite things to do during the weekend. I just think it is a really great art project with all of its simplicity. And they usually have guest speakers visit universities all over the country and I really want them to come here!


French Lesson!

Ok! So we all know the term mise en place for placing color onto the etching. Or was it mise au point? Either way, these terms actually mean to either "put in place" or "focus or clarify". Here are some other little phrases that use mise.
mise en scene- a production
mise en page- making up, composing
sauveur la mise a quelqu'un- to get someone out of a tight spot; AKA to save somebody's butt

In other news, I found a great website of aquatint etchings.

I found an interesting sight a while back and have been meaning to share it with everyone. It has Lithograph prints that concern labor issues during the turn of the century.

I found the different styles to be very interesting.

At final friday I spent the evening at Tangent Lab. I learned a lot about screen printing. I also got to talk to some interesting individuals. A fun time seemed to be had by all.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ethcing Project/ Final Friday

So at first I didn't really have a good idea of where to go with the assignment of finding bad art and making it better, so I went and searched out "bad art" which lead me to the museum of bad art, found a horrible painting of a cow commiting suicide and went with it. I enjoyed it a bit more after playing with the softground and textures, and even more so with the aquatint. All in all I enjoyed the project.

I finally made it down to a final Friday (it's been forever) but I didn't get down there until after 9pm so I went into Shift Space first. I enjoyed seeing the work from the grad students at KSU, one piece in particular that I love was a sculpture I think it was called George Walking I don't remember the name of the artist but I really dug that sculpture. It was sort of this upside down head on a rightside up torso walking on all fours. Then we made it over to City Arts, there were some very interesting paintings of Lincoln that I enjoyed. We didn't make it any where else before they closed, which disappointed me. Maybe I'll actually make it down there earlier next month.

Bree S. Williams
I finally got my frog print I just need to find some time for a reprint. If your interested in changing your wallpaper you can check out
They've got some good stuff... -Jason Rose

Friday, September 25, 2009

Final Friday

This Final Friday was impressive, considering the last few, despite the rain. I enjoy Final Fridays the most in the Fall because they seem to have more energy and more interesting art.
With water filled shoes I dragged myself to Commerce street. The Fiber Studio (which I am usually disappointed with) was probably one of my favorite galleries this month. I loved how the pottery contained thread, beads, and fabric. I have never seen pottery done in that manner. The concept of the show had to do with the fruit of life (I think, I was kind of rushed through it). At another gallery on Commerce (I forget the name) there was a piece titled "Object of Deception #6" by Aaron England that I absolutely fell in love with. It was an abstracted body with a face that pulls you in. At City Arts there were paintings of Abe Lincoln by Dustin Parker that were wonderful as well. They were done in a darker style which I enjoyed. Finally, at Shift Space I fell in love with Emily Glass. She had two charcoal pieces and a sculpture that I LOVED.

Emily Ritter

Pandora's box of images 2

Oh yeah here is the link:


Pandora's box of images

I stumbled upon a photo blog that has some really neat images. I would describe them as old school (80's), dark, sexy, artistic, and punk and metal. Some are lame (like pictures of t-shirts and biker dudes), but some blew my mind! Oh no: includes drugs, sex, and rock and roll. If anyone recognizes any of the artwork please let me know who did it (the guy doesn't do captions)

This Bloggen Stuff

It has been over a month since the start of the semester and I am just now starting to blog. I was trying to ignore it, and hope that it would go away. But that does not seem to be the case. As I left today I heard Monika yell out Blog. So I decided that today would be the day to start participating.

I don't even like the word blog, it sounds awful.

After working on the etching project for the past week or so, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. It's interesting to see how the composition changes using the different techniques (hardground, soft ground, and aquatint) and different color schemes. It's also interesting to see the different approaches everyone is taking in the class.

-Daniel Rogers
I have been enjoying this etching assignment. It is nice to be able to work and rework the same plate and watch it change through all of the different stages. I wish that Art History could be this enjoyable. But its not.

Jordon May

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Finally on Track At least I think so

Well I am finally getting caught up with the class even though it has been a really rough week for me. I'm getting closer and closer to having my linoleum drawing done, even though I should have been done with it already. (Sorry Monika =p) I decided to use photoshop to create an image I can hopefully print off and transfer to the linoleum so I can carve it out. Thats all for now.
Slade Grund

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Adorable Frito Lay

Recently I discovered one of the cutest ad campaigns. I love it when certain companies have creative ones. Anyway, the campaign I love is Frito Lay's new "Made for Each Other." The commercials are adorable and the website is just as cute. Maybe it is just a girl thing, I don't know. My favorite commercial is the one with the light bulb. It kind of reminds me of Jeff Soto's robot piece in the Ulrich. This is for all you graphic designers out there, or those of you that enjoy cute commercials. or google it.
Emily Ritter

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

final friday tangent lab

hey folks, come out to tangent lab this friday. there's gonna be a screenprinting show and from 8-10 abram and i will be doing demo's. also, at the ulrich (outside in the courtyard) ryan windham and spirit of the stairs will be playing from 8-11.
megan st.clair

Monday, September 21, 2009

a day late

oops... i guess posting late is better than never. so ive just been doing research on releasing agents for soap for my casting project. the consensus seems to be either petroleum jelly or just chilling the mold in a refrigerator.
megan st.clair

Sunday, September 20, 2009


So I know I'm 42 minutes late, but I figured that I may as well make an entry anyway. This weekend was basically a weekend of failure. I went to the Pratt Community College gallery to see Monika's exhibit there and it was closed. However, from what I saw through the window, it looked good. If you're in Pratt sometime soon and are bored (which is likely because Pratt isn't exactly a tourist attraction), then I suggest you check it out. I guess I'll just have to wait until I go home next month.


Roni Horn

Because we will be doing installation on the end of this semester I started thinking about how a 2 dimensional art can be viewed in an non traditional way.
I found this artist that is working with interesting ideas although the imagery is too simple for my taste. In the video they don't say what the particular images mean, but I am sure that these ides could be pushed forward various directions.


Look Look

Kat's post about Found magazine reminded me of a magazine that I used to read all of the time called Look Look. The magazine's goal is to prioritize people over companies. It is a compilation of poems, stories, drawings, photos, and anything else. It is just one of those new age, random artsy magazines. I'm not sure if they are still issuing magazines since I haven't seen a new one since 2007 and the site has been under construction for like two years. Either way, this is a magazine I would suggest checking out. It has been a big inspiration to me.

Emily Ritter

still busy

Well I did paint and print yesterday. So I am trying to get some more painting done today along with all the other stuff. Looking forward to the week ahead.


A learning experience

I do have to say that this process with etching the hard ground and soft ground has truly been a learning experience. In other words, I've really been struggling! I love the possibility of etching, especially since it can get so close to graphite drawings. Here's an artist that I found (T.F. Simon) who has done some ridiculous etching. I definitely aspire to that level, but man, I'm nowhere close.


Saturday, September 19, 2009


On the night of Friday the 18th I went to this amazing show with
Sky Meets Earth and Spirit of the Stairs.

It kicked ass! I am a big fan of SOTS. I have seen them like 10 times and it just keeps getting BETTER AND BETTER EACH TIME.....

And all my home slices were there so it just felt like home.

Plus dollar PBR drinks you cant beat that.

-Susan McHugh
So I just got back from the state fair. I have the biggest migraine ever and I'm about to pass out, but I wanted to make sure my got my blog post in for the week. I went to the side show/freak show at the fair, and I have to say it's an art in a way. They said it's been 25 years since there's been one like it at the state fair. I suggest people check one out whenever they get a chance.

-Daniel Rogers
I've been sick the last few days...that's why I wan't in class on Friday. Needless to say this is going to put me behind in this class. I've been spending my time taking medicine and resting...should be good again by Monday. The only thing art-wise to report is I've been working on my Frog print in my spare time hoping to "finish" it and do a reprint...other than that I'm just sick. -Jason Rose


I am just trying to get to much stuff done for school. I am hoping I get out to school today at a good time but we will see it could be a late night. I would like to get some printing done today and work on a painting also.

Check out James Jean stuff kind of cool.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

If You Like Cool Stuff...

I believe you (as a creative person) would be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn't check out Found Magazine. Who doesn't like to find interesting things?

Found Magazine collects found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, photographs, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life.

Check out the online version at:


I promise it is awesome.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blogging (behind schedule)

So I just figured out this silly blog thing. I was definately having a lot of trouble logging onto it and was just able to log on. So I am working on both my zinc print and linoleum trying to catch up to the rest of the class and it is really hard. It is really hard considering i have to come up with a different drawing for my linoleum on paper and then put it on the actual linoleum so I have something to help me. Uh, it really is stressing. But, thats all I have for now.
Slade Grund


This semester I have been having issues coming up with good blog ideas. I think I used most of them up last semester, and I am trying to keep from repeating them. The new robot exhibit in the Ulrich is an interesting one. I love the idea behind it, but there were few pieces that I actually enjoyed. I absolutely love the gigantic styrofoam robot, and I enjoyed the Bjork video (I think that is what it was). The video gave the exhibit a nice atmosphere. I felt like I was in a sterile, cold factory, or something along those lines. I also liked the painting that had the robot painting a steak of butterflies. I cannot remember the title, but it was the landscape with what seemed like robots taking over the natural world. I love the idea of robots becoming "nature", but the images of robots by themselves I didn't much care for.
Over all, it was an interesting exhibit.

Emily Ritter.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vanessa Beecroft
Vanessa Beecroft is a performance-installation artist playing with the idea of gaze and woman's role in history of art. She is using real woman bodies as objects for her art - objects that are used to be looked at. She reverses it and her women are staring back at the audience.

Early Tuesday Morning

So it's about 8 am Tuesday morning and I'm sitting in GD studio. I'm very interested to see how the etching project turns out. I quite enjoyed my search for 'bad' art. If anyone wants to see some really bad art check out the website for MOBA. Pretty awesome.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm drinking whiskey right now and I just had cheese fries from sonic. I'm enjoying my weekend so far and have been working on my design homework. I'm a day late on my  blog this week, in spite of the reminders i keep forgetting to get it in on time. Hopefully I can pick up the pace a bit and get on track with it. I'm still struggling with ideas for the acid etching project, trying to think about it today.
Jordon Mauy

Kat's Econ Gallery

Hello er'body!

If you guys have a few moments to kill on campus, then please stop by my little Econ gallery. It is in the Barton School of Business Economics Office on the first floor rm. 117

Have a good one!


I am having a horrible time trying to find an artist that I really don't like for our next project.

I have always been the kid that was like, "Well, its art." And the more we learn about art as artists we are supposed to respect fellow artists. It is just really difficult to get out of that mind set and really say that I don't like something. I don't know maybe it is weird or maybe I am trying too hard. Well if anyone has any suggestion maybe you could point me in the right path.

Sorry this is Late Mo Mel.

Michael Davenport

It's all about the metal

When Monika was eluding to different metals and how they change the etching in class on Friday, I became curious as to what various metals do to etchings.
So, I did a little research, and I found out a lot from this fantastic little (well, not so little) book called The Printmaking Bible by Ann D'Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris. In their intaglio etching section, they clearly explain how three metals are the most commonly used: copper, zinc, and steel. Copper creates sharp lines and a white background (if wiped properly). It is the traditional choice, but do to rising costs, artists have been switching to zinc. With zinc, it produces a clear line (though not as crisp as copper), and color is not a good reliable option. Zinc will change the pigments. Colors darken; yellow turns green; white changes to gray. Finally, there's steel, the cheapest and hardest of the three metals. Steel produces rough lines, and the grain will produce a background if not sanded. However, steel is ideal for color because it won't change the pigments.
This is just a general overview of what I found in the book. It really is a great resource to look at if you have a chance.
But don't take my word for it! Ba-dum bum!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Up until this year, I never really had a favorite artist, but now I am having trouble just picking one. I know that it really doesn't matter (I have no ideas what to write about). One artist that I really enjoy is Sol Kjok. I love how the human body is used to create shapes and movement. Check it out:
Emily Ritter

Art vs. Decoration

In my Art History class, the instructor has said that if art does not have a function, it is considered decoration. I don't know if I agree with that. I don't think art has to have a function, nor do I think that art without a function is just decoration. Couldn't decoration be considered a function of art? Isn't it ultimately up to the viewer to decide what the function is since things can be interpreted so many different ways? Is function really that important? I'd like to hear what others have to say about the idea art vs. decoration.

-Daniel Rogers

This site lets you view how the art is created...just click on one of the images you like and you'll see the pencil hard at work. It's interesting to see how other artist start and finish a work. -Jason Rose

I'm an avid lover of and it's not just a nifty toolbar that can at any time avert total boredom. If you set your interests to include the arts or, in my case, graphic design, you can get some really interesting pieces to draw from.

Basically, I suggest that even if you don't want to use stumbleupon for diversion from boredom, I suggest that you at least set your interests to art related and get to stumbling.

Here are a few images I found while stumbling. Enjoy.



I guess some people might be going to look at some artwork in October.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

JMW Turner

so im pretty stoked, as im doing my research on what to see in London, i found out that the Tate Britain has quite the collection of Turner's work and one of the current exhibits there is Colour and Line: Turner's Experiments which focuses on his exploration in printmaking and watercolor. If only they had The Slave Ship (slavers overthrowing the dead and dying) my life would be more complete.
Megan St. Clair

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm new to blogging but so far it seems pretty cool. I thought everyone did a wonderful job on their prints. All that carving seems so horrible until you see the final product. Horrible and addictive. I had trouble stopping myself from taking more and more out of that stinking leno. The prints that I saw friday were awesome. Serously guys I am jelous. Cudos to Monica for the sweet subject matter. I never put so much thought into superstitions until this project.

Anna Clausen

An Apple From Tree of Knowlwdge - performance

Anyone who wants to see my performance on campus this Thursday September the 10th come outside by Henrion Hall at 10am.
Also I will need volunteers for documenting (taking stills, taking videos).

Tatiana Svrckova

The wall is leaking....

So I really enjoyed the lino project. It took me a bit to accept that I couldn't clear everything out of it that I want and that is just part of it. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out, but wish I had more time to play with the rainbow roll.
Linoleum cuts are pretty cool I guess. Actually I really enjoyed working on this project. I guess I'm pretty fortunate that i didn't stab myself a bunch of times. I bet that it starts to hurt after about the 10th time you stab yourself. I wouldnt know.
Jordon May

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jeff Soto

If u havent already, go check out the robot exhibit at the ulrich specifically Jeff Soto's piece. Also, if any one has some suggestions on gallerys to go see in london, as I'm going there the end of this month.
Megan St. Clair
So I heard this fantastic news! The Wichita Art Museum is going to be featuring a Pop art Culture exhibit. I think this would be interesting to check out.

-Susan McHugh

Looking toward the future

During the last Final Friday showcasing at the WSU Shiftspace, there were a couple of prints that I couldn't get my head around. The prints that I saw had a watercolor-like composition, and I found out from Monika later that they were monotype prints and that we'll be working with it in the future. When I started looking up different monotype prints (or monoprints), I was amazed by the versatility of this medium. It can have wash effect or more of a line effect, depending on the process that you use. Granted, I figure that we won't be altering or adding on different mediums to our monoprints like Degas, Gauguin, or Maurice Prendregast, but I'm excited of the possibilities with monotype printmaking. I need to refocus on my brushwork before then...


(PS-Here's a simple website that shows different styles of monoprints:

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Another artist I've discovered who's artistic ability is inspiring...Artist: Goro Fujita
Location: Hamburg, Germany
I specifically love the "speed paintings" which are done digitally.
Hope you enjoy them as well. -Jason Rose

stuff on blogspot

Found a strange blog while looking for stuff. It has a weird pop up that IE is trying to block for me so look at your own risk. If you use a better browser I guess you won't have a problem.

I am just working on making some art today.


Friday, September 4, 2009

My Stuff. Large Scale. What do you think?

For those of you not in my class for Critique these are my 1st prints. Superstitions.
"Don't Step On Whitney's 'Crack', Or You'll Have to pay Bobby Back"

"OMG! I Just Rainbow Rolled My Mother""Sorry, Mom"
If you didn't get it. "Don't step on a crack, or you'll break your mothers back."

Moving on to the Blog....

I found this website while looking for large scale prints. I have this strange fascination with large scale art whether it be sculpture, drawing, painting, and now printmaking. I don't know what it is. I just like all the time and effort it takes to put as much detail in a large medium compared to a small one. Looking at art that is 11"x14" is good and all but the sheer impact of big work is breath taking to me. I like working on this scale. Maybe not the size of a building or a classroom floor... yet, but larger than just a pointblank view. The joy of moving my whole body to make work is exciting to me. We are always told to take a step back to see our work, large or small. It is required with large pieces. I am hoping to do this soon with printmaking and see how the process would work. I know Monika will help me with this. But let me know what you all think. Do you like to work with larger or smaller scale pieces? Which would you rather view? 3 pieces on one wall or 1 piece on 3 walls?

Already with in this first project I am wanting to do more. I think that I could really marry the worlds of graphic design and printmaking. =)

Michael Davenport

Interesting logo

While I was looking at Apple products, I came across the first logo from Apple Computer. The image depicts Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity. I really enjoy this logo and think it's interesting how the logo has changed over the past 30 years. While it may not work as a logo in modern times, I appreciate the artwork and the craftsmanship behind it.

-Daniel Rogers

I suck

I keep forgetting to post on here! I really really suck. Anyway, I'm on a mission. I have decided that I want to visit all the museums of art that I can in each city I go to. My most immediate goal is to go to the DalĂ­ Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. It's the most reachable goal of the ones I've got. So. FLORIDA! Spring Break maybe? Any suggestions on more museums?

Jana Kisner
While I was relaxing and going through you-tube videos I found this.
I found it to be an unusual technique. Has anyone else seen it before?
I think it has the possiblity of some interesting applications.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Christan Boltanski

Sorry for my late post, I couldn't figure out how to do it right again I needed some help.
I really like Boltanski's work. He is doing multimedia work- mostly installation. He is a French artist - Jewish which inspired him to deal with theme of dead people, holocaust and belongings that they left behind.

He had an installation piece recently at the Salina Art Center at a show called Fantas Magoria and he has curretly one of his pieces at the Spencer Museum of Art on KU kampus in Lawrence.