Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The City Restored Sweet Home Chicago April 2019


Sweet Home.  Chicago


The city has its roots in the soil of the American Prairie.  But the people who came here speak the world’s languages.  The city grew to the heavens in the 20th century but kept its feet on the ground.  It’s still a city that works: brash, gritty, but filled with beauty that can take your breath away.  It is as rough as a steelworker’s hands and as soft as a spring breeze off Lake Michigan, sweetening every street corner.


From a 1990 Chicago Tribune article 


Regeneration is the theme for this bas relief at the Michigan Avenue bridge-tender.

This bas relief from 1924 called "Regeneration" is dedicated to the women and men that brought the city back from the great fire. 


This art by James Earl Fraser and Henry Hering adorns the river's bridge-tender on the southeast side of the DuSable bridge at Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue.

My prints of this historic site are shown below.


This is a limited edition print that frames to 12 x 9 inches.    Plate 124

This is a hand colored print that frames to 12 x 9 inches.   Plate 124

This is a print with chine colle that frames to 12 x 9 inches.    Plate 124






My newest set of note cards, Set Q will be available soon and they are views of the city from my etchings.



Set Q

 Chicago ...a Skyline from the lakeside Adler Planetarium.



Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park.  It was built in 2004-2006.


The Newberry Library in Washington Square Park was established in 1887 as an independent research library specializing in the humanities.


Riverside Canyons pictures the Chicago River splitting the developing Wacker Drive buildings south along the river.



Chicago


Cloud Gate




the Newberry Library


Riverside Canyons

Friday, February 8, 2019

Pitchers and Catchers report! February 2019

It is that time again and Chicago major league baseball fans await to see baseball headlines as their teams report for spring practice.  "Pitchers and Catchers Report" is the first sign that we are getting ready to start the 2019 season.


Enjoy my new etchings of Guarantee Rate Field and Wrigley Field 

and the historic pregame quote from Cub's longtime public address announcer Pat Pieper:

"Attention.....attention please.....have your pencils ....and scorecards ready..... for the correct lineups..... for today's ballgame"!



                                 This is Wrigley Field
Plate 159
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
6 x 12 inches

                   


                         Home of the Chicago White Sox
Plate 163
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
8 x 10 inches


                        

                  1060 West Addison from the "L"  
                            Home of the Chicago Cubs
Plate 027
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring and Pat Pieper quote
7.25 x 10.75 inches



Addison and Sheffield Home of the Chicago Cubs from the "L"
Plate 028
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
7 x  9.5 inches




The White Sox Park and a Chicago skyline from Parking Lot E
Plate 118
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
4.75 x 7 inches





The irreplaceable Sawbridge Studioes in Hubbard Woods is closing in April.

Here is their announcement:


Yup. You read that right. It’s time.

For twenty-five years we have had the privilege of working with the greatest customers and finest artisans we could have ever imagined. And, many of these fine people have become good friends in the process. That’s something we treasure most.

We have made the difficult decision to step away from our physical retail operations and put our primary business focus on our website,sawbridge.com. There we hope to build our web presence and further develop our corporate gift and reward program.

During this transition period and starting immediately, you can look for some incredible values on our remaining floor stock.
Stop into the Winnetka store for details.

Thank you all for 25 great years. 

Bill and Paul

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Fourth Quarter Aquatint Etching 2018

2018  I invite you to view my seasonal etchings of Chicago and a few of my new pieces. Please remember that my etchings can be seen at Sawbridge Studioes in Hubbard Woods.

Some of my work is available in this year's 29th Annual International Holiday Small Print show at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square, Chicago.  Portfolios of my work are available at CPC.

Mark these dates:

November 30th,  Preview Party and Show, Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd 

11am -7pm

 

My newest etchings and seasonal images of the City are shown here:


Chicago Skyline from the Fisher Bridge the Lincoln Park Zoo




Plate 121
Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring
Winter or Summer
frames to 9 x 12 inches


  A Chicago Winter at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

Plate 143
Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring
Winter or Summer
frames to 9 x 12 inches


Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

Plate 143  Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring on Tan Paper Frames to 9 x 12 inches




 

On the Prowl  Winter     The Art Institute of Chicago

Plate 108
Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring
Winter of Summer
frames to 10 x 8 inches



This is Wrigley Field   Clark and Addison Streets


Plate 159  Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring Frames to 12 x 16 inches







Chicago   the Bridgetender at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive



Plate 124  Etching Aquatint Frames to 12 x 9 inches


This is Home of the Chicago White Sox

Plate 163    Aquatint etching with Hand Coloring Frames to 14 x 14 inches


Riverside    Chicago

Plate 157   Aquatint Etching frames to 20 x 16 inches





The Wells Street Bridge



Plate 160   Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring  Frames to 12 x 12 inches

                                           The Crossing

Plate 155 Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring on Cream Paper frames to 20 x 16 inches

A Winter in the city   The Water Tower and Loyola University

Plate 64
Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring
Winter or Summer
frames to 12 x 9 inches



 

 A Chicago Snowfall

The Bridgetender at Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue

Plate 124  Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring 12 x 9 inches






Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square

Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square

 

You are welcome to join us and explore the wonderful art currently on display at CPC



The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

4912 North Western Avenue in Lincoln Square will host visitors 

Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14 

from 10 am-5 pm.

 

I will be demonstrating Etching Printmaking and showing my Chicago images.

Hiroshi Ariyama  will be demonstrating Silk Screen Printmaking featuring his images of Chicago



The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival on October 13th and 14th that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 250 buildings across Chicago. 

These are a few prints of iconic Chicago locations from my collection.
The Chicago Water Works and site of the Looking Glass Theater
6 x 7 inch aquatint with hand coloring


The London Guarantee Building at Wacker and Michigan
11 x 8 inch aquatint with chine colle

The Newberry Library in Washington Square
5 x 4 inch aquatint with hand coloring
The Green Mill Jazz Lounge in Uptown
7 x 9 inch aquatint

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ART ATTACK in Sawbridge Studios Friday October 5

 

 

Sawbridge Studios, 1015 Tower Court in Hubbard Woods, will host the First Friday "ART ATTACK"  5 p.m. until 8  p.m. and feature my prints of Chicago.

 

 Take some time to browse the American hand crafted home furnishing that are the hallmark of  Sawbridge Studios.

 

I will display and discuss the stages to complete a finished etching and also show new relief prints of Chicago.

 

Come see the portfolio of relief prints of Chicago including these two prints on cream paper.

 

 
Chicago   The Gold Coast  Michigan Avenue at Oak Street   7 x 11 inches





Chicago    The Bridgetender at Michigan and Wacker Drive on the River  8 x 8 inches

Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcome to Bridgeport ...Chicago.


You may have been to 35th and Shields to see the White Sox play baseball but have you visited  the nearby Bridgeport Art Center?

Come to see wonderful art from over 75 artists presented as:

         CHICAGO: INsideOUT

An exhibition highlighting stark contrasts in the urban landscape and the culturally diverse human experience of Chicago.

I have 5 Chicago Etchings in the exhibit.

 

Bridgeport Art Center
1200 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL
35th Street and Racine 



3rd Floor Gallery

Free parking on North side of BAC. Enter from East side. 

Take elevator to 3rd Floor


Collectors’ Preview:
Friday September 21st 2018 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 21st, 2018 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Closing Reception:
                Friday, October 19th, 2018 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Summer of 2018 and new art to exhibit

My newest etching represents the main entrance to 

Chicago White Sox Park at 35th and Shields.

The image depicts the beautiful statue, a tribute to the 2005 World Championship team.

This new print is an Aquatint Etching with hand coloring.  The plate size is 8" x 10 " and the paper is 12" x 14 ".

 

I have images of US Cellular Field, "White Sox Park from Parking Lot E" that are 4" x 6"  on paper 8" x 10".   Some of the Limited Edition are hand colored.

 

 
Aquatint Etching 12 x 14 inches with hand coloring    Limited Edition

Aquatint Etching 8 x 10 inches   Limited Edition







 

Friday, September 7 the Chicago Catholic Charities hosts the Gala of the Arts at Navy Pier.  I have included nine of my etchings of Chicago and note card sets.  This event is a major fund raiser for Chicago Catholic Charities.  I am one of 20 artists that participate for the benefit of this important charity work in the Archdiocese.