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Found this little watercolor in a box of old cards, this one a Christmas card from 2008 of Janet and me walking in snow out by the pond ...



... and even though I didn't know why this ghostly image grabbed me (100 degrees F. outside with a solar eclipse approaching), I finally decided to make a print of it. I guess, besides depicting ghosts, the print itself is a kind of ghost of the original watercolor. Ghosts all the way down.
 

 
2 of 12, 8/21/17, the day of the eclipse
 

Key block

Ground block
Ghosts, 2017, 3-color linocut, image 7 x 10 inches 
 

Key block

1 of 11, 6/20/17

Ground block
A Man Following a Woman with a Dog in Norwood Creech & Tri Watkins' Driveway, 2017,
2-color linocut, image 7 x 10 inches

 

A Man Following a Woman with a Dog in Norwood Creech & Tri Watkins' Driveway, 6/16/17, watercolor & pastel on recycled paper, 5 x 7 inches
On June 4 Norwood Creech posted this photo on Facebook, saying the light reminded her of Warren Criswell's paintings:

David Bailin warned her that Criswell might steal that image from her, and so of course I had to take up the challenge. I did that drawing as a joke, but then it sort of grew on me, and now I'm making a linocut from it. (See above.)
 
Sailor's Delight, 6/14/17, 3-color linocut, image 7 x 10 inches, t.p. 1 of 6



6/6/17
 

6/8/17
 
6/6/17
 Sailor's Delight, watercolor, 23 x 30 inches


5/18/17

5/19/17
  
5/22/17


5/24/17


5/28/17

5/25/17

Sailor's Delight, oil on panel, 13 x 18 inches
 

 


As the Crow Flies, 2017, 3-color linocut with pastel, image 10 x 7 inches

 



Smoke, 2017, 2-color linocut with pastel, image 7 x 10 inches

 

3/3/17 

3/4/17 

This was image inspired by "The Half-Finished Heaven," a poem by Tomas Tranströmer, which ends with these two lines:

The water is shining among the trees.
The lake is a window into the earth 

 


3/21/17



3/6/17 


3/8/17


3/11/17


3/16/17
 Half-Finished Hell, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

 


Mid-Autumn Festival, 2017, 3-color mini-linocut,
image 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches
 
 10/10/16 First sketch
10/12/16

10/13/16

10/15/16

 

 

 


10/17/16

 

 

 


10/18/16


10/19/16
Autumn Leaves, watercolor & collage, 30 x 23 inches, in progress 

I tried to make a print of this before but failed. After listening to the song again - via a video of Dietrich Fischer-Diskau and Alfred Brendel, sent to me by Lisa Bostic on Facebook - I thought I might try it again.


Vapor Trails (der Leiermann), 9/20/16, linocut with pastel, image 7 x 10 inches, 1 of 12


 While I was waiting for those to dry completely so I could do the "post-production" work on them, working on my studio catalog, I stumbled upon another pole dancer, this one less vaporous, an old drawing from 1996, Rita. Comparing the drawing to the lioncut I made from it, I noticed some things I seemed to have missed when translating the drawing to the print.... That was a traditional linocut, made long before I invented the "Criswell Linocut," so I decided to make another version of it using my present methods.

First I ran it with 2 blocks, white over black...

 

9/29/16

But then I cut a 3rd block and overprinted a red glaze.

 

10/1/16
Rita, 2016, 3-color linocut, image 5 x 7 inches 



Blind Man's Bluff, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches



6/26/16



7/18/16
 
6/26/16


7/4/16
Summer Solstice, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches


4/27/16 Preliminary sketch

5/8/16
 
5/10/16

5/14/16 

5/17/16
 
5/24/16

5/25/16

6/15/16
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6/13/16

Götterdämmerung (or The End), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

(Video)

 


Working on "And now you're even older"
 
"And now you're even older," 6/7/16, monotype,
image 10.5 x 8 inches

And now you're older still!

 


Ticks Crossing, 2016, cover art for Steve Whiteaker's next CD,
oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches



Smoke, 2016, watercolor, 23 x 30 inches

 


 Smoke, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

 

 


Oracle, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

 

 Winter Solstice, 2016, watercolor, 23 x 30 inches

 


Vapor Trails (Hurdy-Gurdy Man), 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Vapor Trails (der Leiermann), 2015, watercolor, 23 x 30 inches

 


color block (orange)
 


ground block (black)

key block (white)
 Mid-Autumn Festival, 3-color linocut, image 10 x 7 inches, edition of 12

 



 Two Buzzards, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

 

 

Key block


T.P., 9/14/15
 
Ground block

Dark Road,
2-color linocut, image 10 x 7 inches

 


Girls & Gulls, 8/26/15, acrylic, oil & pencil on paper, 30 x 23 inches 

 


Crescents, oil on canvas, 2015, 20 x 16 inches

Crescents, 2015, watercolor, 30 x 22 inches

Crescents, 2015, 3-color linocut, image 10 x 7 inches
Venus and Jupiter are again in conjunction, and even though I recorded their last encounter in 2012 with an oil, watercolor and print, I felt obliged to do it again. This was the lineup around June 25, a crescent Venus, Jupiter, Regulus (in Leo) and the crescent moon tracing a larger crescent in the western sky. The woman appeared as I was applying the final glaze. A complete surprise! 7/12/15
 

Had to get this back from the gallery to work on it some more. Just not bright enough.... This is how it looked on Dec 3, 2014:

 

 


6/9/15
What I'm talkin' 'bout.

 

6/6/15

 As the Crow Flies, 2015, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

 

 

Flash Flood, 2015, 2-color linocut with watercolor,image 7 x 10 inches

Two Transients, 2015, 3-color linocut,
image 7 x 10 inches

 


Two Transients, 4/17/15, pencil & white charcoal on tan paper, 9 x 13 inches

Nocturne, 2015, 3-color linocut,
image 5 x 7 inches

 


Sketch (inspired by JMW Turner), 2/1/15


Trial proof 6/10, 2/16/15

Trial proof 5/10, 2/10/15
 Revelation, 2015, linocut, image 7 x 10 inches

 


It Took Four Vultures, 2014, watercolor,
30 x 23 inches

Never Look a Crow in the Eye, 2014, watercolor, 30 x 23 inches

 



Spider, 2014,watercolor & box cutter on paper,
30 x 23 inches

 



 Arc, 2014, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

 


The Secret Sharer, oil on canvas,
20 x 16 inches, detail

The Secret Sharer, 2014, oil on canvas & wood panel,
34 x 25½ inches

(If you want to see how this image evolved, click here.)

The Secret Sharer, 2014, linocut, image 10 x 7 inches, edition of 12

 

 
Key block

9 of 10, 4/20/14

Ground block
 Alignment (6 AM), 2014, 3-color linocut, image 10 x 7 inches
(For a demo video of the making of this linocut, go here.)

 



4/13/14
Alignment (6 AM), 2014, watercolor, 32 x 23 inches

 

 A Man Following a Woman in Dark Woods, 2014, oil on canvas,
30 x 40 inches

 

 
Key block


1 of 12, 12/28/13

Ground block (with counterproof of keyblock)
A Man Following a Woman  in Dark Woods, 2013, 2-color linocut, image 7 x 10 inches,
edition of 12

 


1st sketch, 10/19/13, pencil on paper,
4 x 5 inches
 
Guide sequence

11/3/13, acrylic on canvas,
30 x 40 inches

 

 

12/8/13 

 

 A Man Following a Woman in Dark Woods, animation in acrylic, pastel & charcoal on canvas, 30 x 40 inches


11/3/13,
acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

 


7/5/13 


7/7/13

7/15/13

 


7/13/13




7/14/13

 


7/14/13

 


7/16/13

 


7/22/13

 

 
7/22/13
 
7/22/13

 

Go Ask Alice, 2013, clay sculpture in progress, 18 x 18 x 5 inches

(Warren working on Alice)

 


The key block


4 or 12, 5/28/13 
 
The ground block
 Conjunction, 2-color linocut, image 10 x 7 inches

 

   
 Two minimonotypes, 5/20/13, image 1¾ x 2¼ inches

 


The key block


1 of 10
 
The ground block
Go Ask Alice, 2013, 2-color linocut, image 7 x 10 inches, edition of 10 

 

 
Kayla in the Window, studies in natural light, 5/5/13, pencil & chalks on tan paper, 24 x 18 inches

 


4/24/13


4/30/13
  
4/25/13
 Go Ask Alice, 2013, watercolor, 23 x 30 inches

 


4/17/13 

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4/3013


4/23/13 
Go Ask Alice, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

 

 


Kayla 1, 4/8/13, graphite & white charcoal on tan paper,
7 x 9 inches

  
Kayla 2, 4/8/13, graphite & white charcoal on tan paper,
9 x 12 inches

Go Ask Alice, 4/23/13, chalks on tan laid paper, 18 x 24 inches

 


The Moon & Six Cents, 2013, watercolor, 30 x 23 inches

The Moon and Six Cents, 2013, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

The Moon & Six Cents, 2013, 3-color linocut,image 9¾ x 7¼ inches,
edition of 10 

 

 

 

 

 

 CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR A DEAD DOG

I found this block while attempting to clean up around my press yesterday. Apparently I had never tried to print it, maybe never finished it, but I liked the way it looked. I remember drawing this on the lino while Skipper (a Schipperke), who died a year later, was sleeping on the floor in my studio in 2007. So I cut a ground block for it and printed it today--a small edition of 5, the same number of years it took to make it. Now I can frame one of them and put it beside Skipper's urn.
12/10/12

Skipper, 2007-2012, linocut in 2 colors,
image 5 x 3 inches

 


Naked Dreams, 2012, terracotta,
18 x 11 x 3 inches

The Temple of the Muse, or Butthead, 2012, terracotta,
12 x 9 inches horizontal,
11 inches vertical

 



Wild Geese, 11/5/12, 2-color linocut, image 9¾ x 7¼ inches, 2 of 10

Wild Geese II, 2013, oil on canvas,
24 x 18 inches


Wild Geese I, 2012, watercolor, 28 x 22 inches

 

 
Sketch for "Wild Geese," 10/16/12, graphite & pastel
on tan paper, 12 x 9 inches
 

 


Sleep Reading, 8/22/12, monotype, image
8 x 10 ½ inches

Sleep Reading, 2012, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Sleep Reading, 2-color linocut,
image 5 x 7 inches, edition of 12

 


Aristeas, 1996, oil on wood,
24 x 17 inches

Aristeas, 8/11/12, my animation of the painting.

 


A Dryad in the Headlights, 6/5/12, graphite & chalk on green laid paper, 22 x 12 inches


Nature Morte: Gnat Traps, watercolor,
23 x 15 inches

 


A Dryad in the Headlights, 6/16/12, 3-color linocut,
image 7 x 5 inches, edition of 10

 


5/12/12
   



Wax, 8/7//11

 Simone Jumps! 2012, bronze, 19 x 12 x 13 inches

 


Angry Birds I, 2012, terracotta,
7 inches high
 


Psyche, 2012, terracotta,
17 x 13 x 3 inches

Angry Birds II, 2012, terracotta,
17 inches high

 


2/11/12


2/13/12

2/11/12
Sketches for "Death and the Maiden," graphite & white charcoal on buff paper,
12 x 9 inches  

 


Black Stockings XXI, 12/1/11, monotype on buff paper, image 7 x 5 inches,

Up Close & Personal, 12/2/11, monotype on buff paper, image 5 x 7 inches

 Black Stockings XXIa, 12/1/11, monotype ghost on white rice paper, image 7 x 5 inches

 

 LOST AND FOUND


Concerto, 2001 - 2011, oil on linen, 9 x 12 inches (sold)

 I found this canvas in my closet the other day, begun from a sketch I did at an ASO concert back in 2001 but never finished. So I finished it--or as finished as it's going to get--I like the sketchiness of the underpainting so I left most of it, over-painting only the center. I know it was David Itkin conducting but I can't remember who the piano player was or what concerto they were playing. So it took 10 years to paint this picture.

  RELIEF ETCHING

I'm reading Joseph Viscomi's book, Blake and The Idea of the Book, in which the author tries to reconstruct the obscure printmaking methods Blake used to produce his Illuminated Books. Relief etching looked pretty easy--a sort of reverse process like my linocuts--so I decided to give it a try. Oh, easy for William!


 11/12/11, painting on copper plate

11/12/11, varnished plate with fine lines drawn with needle

11/15/11, 5th proof with watercolor

 This was only a test-- just to see if it would work. Not as easy to draw and paint on copper with asphaltum as it looked in the book. The varnish wanted to spread out on the plate, refused to hold a line. Aj Smith told me the varnish wasn't thick enough, and it turned out he was right. But then I had trouble ethching the plate because my nitric bath was old and produced no bubbles, so I tried some old ferric chloride (it's been, like, 10 years since I've done any etching) and that worked pretty well--too well, in fact, since I got some foul biting in the dark areas--but it bit the fine lines pretty well. Until I get some more acid I don't have a strong enough mordant to bite the large open areas, like the back of the woman picking up a rock. I had to wipe that out with a rag before printing. But I think I might like this technique.
 
11/14/11, 1st proof, with watercolor
  
11/14/11, 2nd proof, with watercolor


11/15/11, 3rd proof


11/15/11, 3rd proof with watercolor
Woman Picking Up a Rock, relief etching with watercolor, 6 x 4¼ inches 

 

 


Roadkill: Keyblock for linocut, 11 x 15 inches, 10/5/10


Roadkill, drypoint-linocut, 11 x 15 inches, 10/7/10

 


Norman Boehm at UALR, 3/29/10, ballpoint on recital program,
8½ x 11 inches
 
 
Satin Doll: Michael Carenbauer at Boswell-Mourot Gallery, 4/3/10,
ballpoint on back of invitation,
4 x 6 inches

 


Pouring aluminum

Demolding
 Low-Flying Crow, 2009, cast aluminum relief, 7 x 22 x 2¼ inches

 


 Bob Among the Buddhas, 2009, oil on hardwood, 7 x 9 inches

Jason at Wolfman Studios, 2009, oil on canvas, 7 x 10 inches

 


Sketch for Sammy Painting (Blue Gloves), ballpoint & pastel on yellow paper, 5 x 7 inches



2/21/07

 
2/19/07

 Sammy Painting (Blue Gloves), sepia chalk and pastel on gray paper,
18 x 20½ inches

(Sammy Peter's website)


 

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