Sunday, January 15, 2017

Protest Posters - Free Downloads

Protest poster for Women's March
This protest poster, among others, has been made available for free download on my website at  Please feel free to use this if you need a sign and plan to protest at the Women's March in DC (or other city/town) on January 21.  Here's another available for free download that was popular on facebook:

Protest poster for Women's March

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Protest Posters

This is the initial plan for a 18" x 24" woodcut poster that I may be carrying at the Women's March on January 21, 2017. I'm also working on a more woman-oriented one that might be more appropriate. I can save this one for a more general and/or environmental protest. I'll be working on this for the next couple of weeks. This will be one side of the poster.

The other side will be this:
Silkscreened on foam core. Two very different styles, I know, but without access to silkscreen facilities for the next few weeks, I opted to do a woodcut which I can print in my studio.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Solo Show at the Paramount in Peekskill, NY

I was asked on Tuesday to exhibit my work at the Paramount Hudson Valley theater gallery. The thing is, they wanted the show up by today. So, basically, I pulled together a solo show, designed the posters and helped hang the show in two days. The framed work was packed, delivered and hung by late Friday afternoon and the posters were also printed by then. I have honestly never pulled a show together this fast. Whew!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Quote from MLK

I've been helping Farm Sanctuary, creating graphics for them to use on social media. This great Martin Luther King quote was posted today on Facebook by Gene Baur who is the founder of Farm Sanctuary:

Reflecting on one of my favorite #MLK quotes for some #MondayMotivation.
Posted by Gene Baur on Monday, January 18, 2016

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tracey and Jon Stewart and Farm Animal Rescue

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I was at an event last Saturday where Tracey and Jon Stewart were being honored for opening up a new sanctuary for rescued farm animals. The new sanctuary will be an extension of the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.

The video below says far more than I can about the extraordinary work that the Farm Sanctuary and other NY sanctuaries (ie, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary). Warning: the video below shows the horrid conditions that these 200 animals were rescued from.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gallery talk this Thursday, Oct 1

Dark Side of the Road, etching, 2014 ©Elana Goren
I will be giving an artist talk with fellow artist, Jackie Skrzynski, at the Theo Ganz Gallery in Beacon, NY from 7 – 8 pm. We will be discussing our work in the show that is up in the gallery now. Above is one of my etchings in the show.

Friday, March 20, 2015

White Ground Plate/Print Comparison

Left: zinc etching plate with white ground applied.
Right: etching print, 1st state.
Jacob Sheep
, etching © 2015, Elana Goren.
I have reviewed white ground etching techniques previously here and here. You should be able to get a good idea of the white ground process from the these links (previous posts), especially the first one.

I am always fascinated with the way a plate looks when prepared for etching versus the actual etching print from the same etched plate. This especially holds true for white ground etching techniques since the white ground mimics the white areas of the final print and more clearly resembles the actual light to dark areas in the image than other etching techniques do. This is because the thicker the white ground is on the plate, the whiter that area will be since the acid has more difficulty reaching the plate in those thicker areas. The acid discriminately etches the plate depending on how thick the white ground coverage is on any particular place on the plate. So, in the thinner areas, you see less white on the plate (a darker tone within the ground coverage) and the acid has a better chance to reach the plate for the etch.

The interesting thing is that as much as you can know that thicker is whiter and thinner is darker, you can never really know how the plate will etch, and surprises reveal themselves all the time. There will be areas that seem well protected and will therefore be lighter and other areas that seem less protected and should be darker. But as said before, surprises abound.

When I worked on the plate pictured above, I expected the sheep in the background as well as the area around it in the deep background to be darker than they actually turned out to be. The foreground sheep's darker areas (especially in the face) served up some unexpected lighter areas as were also seen on it's back.

After I took the photo of the 1st state of the etching (print seen above), I decided to go back and etch the plate again to tone back the background more. I used a combination of white ground and hard ground, since the former better blends with the similar effects from the 1st state and latter completely protects the areas that I don't want to be etched at all. The result (2nd state) is seen below. I still want to darken the background areas further. So I will either try to achieve it that while inking the plate and leaving more ink in the darker areas (wiping less there) or I will go back for a third state etch and try to get desired results that way.
Jacob Sheep, white ground etching, 2nd State.
© 2015, Elana Goren.