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Hal Mayforth
January 2012
Hoist the Funny Stick
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Hoist the Funny Stick

 
I’ll let you in on a little secret. What I really aspire to is that when I die, one of my paintings will turn up on Antiques Roadshow and the expert will explain that Hal Mayforth was a humorous illustrator who appeared in many publications during the late 20th century and the early 21st century, but upon his death, his paintings have become extremely popular with collectors. This example at auction would be expected, conservatively to go for 50k. Hey, one can dream can’t one? Anyway, here are 350k worth of watercolors.
Burning Off the Weekend Fog - this painting inspired the print I featured in my last post.

Snakesmoke

Stacking Celestial Bodies

Smoker

Predetermination

Big Step

30/30 Print Auction
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My finished print. Registration was a bit difficult and minor discrepancies were touched up with watercolor.

A couple of months ago I was invited to participate in a print show/ auction that would commemorate the 30th anniversary of  Flynn Center for Performing Arts and Burlington City Arts for the benefit of both organizations scholarship programs. The idea was to have 30 different artists/celebrities create prints that would be available through a silent auction. These are two wonderful organizations, and I was honored to be invited, but it would have meant that I would have to make numerous trips to Burlington (about 50 minutes each way) to participate. Given my work schedule, I was on the fence a long time about this and finally decided that I should throw caution to the wind. It just might be good for me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

At my first meeting with printmaker Jennifer Koch (Love her work, check it out) it was determined that I would create a woodcut, and when we looked at the image I was thinking of doing, we figured that it would be ideal for three colors. The last time I had done a woodcut was in college and I had forgotten how much fun it was. In subsequent meetings we proofed the master block and Jennifer cut a second block with a band saw for 3 color shapes. When it came to printing the color all went smoothly except for the fact that we printed on the wrong side of the block, so for the price of an extra trip to Burlington, I got 7 color block prints that were useless to the project, but provided me with some color prints to draw on. Aside from that minor glitch the rest of the project went smoothly.

The opening last Friday was packed and it was very interesting to see the what everyone else had done. To check out the other participants, click here.
Celebrity participants included Ben and Jerry of ice cream fame and former governor Madeline Kunin.

Fog One. The next four images are the backward printed color images that I went back in and drew on with pen, color pencil and watercoler.

Fog Two. It was terrific working with Jennifer and at the end of the project I gave here a choice of drawings as a gift and she chose this one.

Fog Three.

Fog Four.

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