This blog is about process. In art and maybe thought. The quasi-dictionary definitions are to describe the 'feeling' part of the process because there is always an emotional/passionate component beyond the tools and materials. What is it that got this particular piece off the ground? What was the personal involvement? In reading bios/artist's statements, I sort of get lost in the language, so I decided to make this one served by the K.I.S.S. 'one word' principle for each piece.

As for biography, I have had a great life, great friends and teachers, great parents, great husband, great kids and grandkids. Seattle born and permanently attached to living in California. Great high school art program that directed my path. I do lots of stuff. I love it. It's a journey.

Favorite quotes, both from Emil Zola:

"An artist is nothing without the gift, and the gift is nothing without the work."


"If you ask me what I can be in this world, I, an artist, will answer you. I am here to live out loud."

I think both of those quotes have to do with being unafraid. "Today is the day to do it." —carole dwinell

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


 — 1. firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

 Humboldt Campfire    
    Reduction Woodcut. 
    Eleven colors. One block.           

     It's been a while due to a seemingly insurmountable difficulty in understanding how to upload additional art and word musings but persistence pays off and ... I'm BACK! 

     Persistence played a large part in the work I call Humboldt Campfire. It was my first attempt at a reduction wood cut print and persistence became my middle name. Basically with a reduction printmaking, you carve away to expose the previous color. As in ... the first 'color' on this print is, in fact, the white of the moon and stars. Not because I printed white 'ink' but because I carved away the wood so the first 'color' ink printed, a light light blue, exposed the white PAPER. Then because I wanted light blue stars and a bit around the moon to be the next color, I carved away that part of the block and printed the next darker blue, again exposing what was there before. 
     This is also called a suicide block because you are only using one block, carving away to expose each 'previous' color. I started with 40 sheets of paper and with proofs, (and goofs!) ended up with an edition of 18. It was so much fun (FUN!). So ... well, dangerous. Unlike printing with multiple blocks, you simply cannot go back and do it again. What a rush!