Throw Back Thursday: Behind the Scenes at Norton’s Cove Studio c.2009

This YouTube video was made by the fine folks at Adventure Central Newfoundland back in 2009…

So, almost 12 years have passed, and I’m still doing the same thing. Is that good? Is that bad? Hmmm. I guess we can determine that I am not a quitter! Persistent, or stubborn? Sure. Family traits are hard to swerve around.

The thing is, I have been trying my damnedest to make my small business a successful venture since 2002. I am still not really successful, although my team and I have come a long way since then, especially with the addition of Norton’s Cove Café. I love my work. I love making artwork, I love the paperwork, I love getting new products in at the shop, I love trying all the new things to eat at the Café, and I love writing and re-writing my business plan to make room for new developments. I love meeting people in my studio, and I really love seeing my community support this small business.

I have reapplied to ACOA to help finance my Norton’s Cove Rooms project, and I definitely won’t be able to go ahead with that part of my business plan without their assistance. My fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed while I await their response.

I am fully invested in Norton’s Cove. If I fail, I will have nothing to show for the past 19 years of work. So failing isn’t an option. And the Rooms @ Norton’s Cove is THE bit of the plan that’s going to bring it all together. IF I can raise the funds to get it built this year. Cross your fingers for me, won’t you?

Caribou


Designed Spring 2014
Available as a 4 x 6 card ($6.75), 5 x 7 matted mini-print ($13.50),
or 8×10 framed mini-print ($45.50) in any ink colour on off-white paper.

Drawn from a pin worn by soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, this updated caribou image is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first World War.  Lest we forget.

Old Paterson’s Goat

Designed Spring 2013
Available as a 4×6 card ($6), 5×7 matted mini-print ($12)
or 8×10 framed mini-print ($40) in any colour ink on off-white paper.
This image is based on one of many goats cared for by the Paterson family in Upper Amherst Cove.  Mr. Paterson isn’t an old man, but he is a grandfather, so I thought it sounded appropriate. 

Whip Sculpin

Tracing the drawing with carbon paper facing the back of the paper, to create a mirror image.

After tracing the mirror image onto the linoleum, and making good solid linework with a brush and India Ink, much of the linoleum is removed with v or u shaped carving tools. 

The plate is cleaned of any drawing materials and dirt, and inked up with a rubber brayer.
The first Trial Proof, on Canson Edition cotton fibre paper. 

The same proof with watercolour added.
Second Trial Proof on specialty paper. 

A reddish ink on yellow rice paper:  Trial Proof # 3

This paper is rather the colour of a sculpin, with camoflage-like markings, fitting of the ultra-camoflauged sculpin.  Didn’t turn out all that fab, but…

For Trial Proof # 5, I increased the pressure on the etching press and pulled a second proof from the same ink, showing the impression of the thread marks in the paper from proof # 4. 

Trial Proof # 6 & 7 are printed by applying watercolour directly to the printing plate, drying, then rolling the ink over top.  The dampness of the paper fibres and the pressure from the press allow the dried watercolours to release into the proof.

Today I’ll be editioning this ‘Whip Sculpin’.  I’m still trying to decide how many I want to print, but I’ve narrowed down how they’ll look.  Stop in the studio for a look at how they’re made, and find out which trial proof I’m using as my guide to print the edition.  Alexis Templeton and I also plan to make a few platters as part of this edition by embossing clay slabs with the printing plate, an exciting technique we’ve been playing with for a while.