I’ve gone .GIF crazy!September 25, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Thanks to my good friend, Robbie Daniels aka Jer Ber Jones, who recently suggested that I try animating some of my paintings, I have binged on making animated .gifs of my prints, stickers and portraits. SO MUCH FUN!

The first four I made were of my reduction screen print landscapes of San Francisco. I scanned each color during the printing process, so the resulting .gif shows the prints being constructed, color by color.

 

18th & Taraval

 

Douglass Street

 

Ocean Park Motel

 

Van Ness and California

 

Then I moved on to portraits. I made one of a print I collaborated with Robbie on – a portrait of Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie (!) – and then on to portraits of my talented friends – Juanita MORE!, Kenny Mellman and Justin Vivian Bond (as Kiki & Herb).

 

Caroline by Jer Ber Jones

 

Rainbow Juanita MORE!

 

Kiki & Herb

 

My dearly departed friend, Gregory Nelson, also gets the treatment from a portrait on a sticker I made of him in the 1990’s (Golden Brown).

 

Golden Brown

 

My 2013 show, Presence, at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art featured 60+ reduction screen print portraits. I scanned each color during the process and my partner, Jeff Stallings, made a film of them blending into each other. You can see that film here.
I made this .gif which sort of acts the same way, but I love this one because it creates a kind of life-like portrait, (in this case, Jeff). I intend to animate more of the Presence portraits and also explore the idea of the animated portrait more in the future. Lots of exciting possibilities here!

 

Jeff Stallings

 

And, last but not least, a wee bit of atheist humor – my reduction screen print of Frankenstein and Jesus. Love this one! Not an intentional nod to the third album by the Dead Kennedys, but a nod nonetheless..

 

Silver & Gold

 

More to come!
Stay tuned..

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Room With a ViewAugust 12, 2015

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by Jim Winters

The second half of my July was spent in San Francisco painting a landscape mural in a Pacific Heights residence.

The clients told the designer (from Ken Fulk, Inc.) that they wanted the view of the bay from their upstairs balcony painted downstairs in their media room where there is no view except that of the back yard.

The walls are over 10’ high and the project took 12 days to paint.

I am very pleased with how it came out – like one of my landscape screen prints on a grand scale.

Instead of just clipping off the image in a straight, vertical line at the top of the stairs, we decided to have some of the elements (foggy clouds, in this case) trail off into the walkway..

Here are a couple detail shots:

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Pride of Place: Santa Cruz landscape printsJune 16, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Santa Cruz, California, is a wonderful place. You can tell how much people love being here because everywhere you go you see bumper stickers, clothing and outdoor gear emblazoned with those words. (It doesn’t hurt that all of the surfing and skateboard graphics are really cool..)

I am jumping on that train, too, by making new landscape reduction screen prints depicting this great place I am now lucky to call home – a vacation destination for many people. I hope the images evoke good memories and that the pieces become cherished mementos of happy times.

 

 

Capitola Venetian
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Four Palms
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

 

End
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

 

Capitola by the Sea
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

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New San Francisco cityscapesMarch 23, 2015

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by Jim Winters

I’ve just completed some new reduction screen prints – 4 scenes of San Francisco, 10 colors each.
I am working with a new format: a smaller, more intimate size (6” square) and mounted on wood panels.

 

 

My landscapes are inspired by vintage travel poster graphics and landscape/cityscape paintings and prints.

Among my favorites are:
Irish LMS travel posters (run a Google image search)
Precisionist painter Charles Sheeler
San Francisco native and photorealist Robert Bechtle
Canadian Group of Seven artists: Frank Carmichael, Lawren Harris and A. J. Casson
Woodcut artists Gustave Baumann and Bay Area local Tom Killion

 

Ocean Park Motel
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Douglass Street
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

18th & Taraval
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Van Ness & California
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

(Next up: images of the place I now live – Santa Cruz, California. Be on the lookout.)

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My MetropolisFebruary 9, 2014

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I delivered my latest painting on Saturday. It was commissioned (and titled) by Mark Lopez of GUILD Staging and Design. It is a cityscape of the corner where Jones and McCallister meet Market Street here in San Francisco.

The best part of this job was that Mark and I went out together to take the pictures for the source photo. He said he wanted it to look like one of my color reduction screen prints.

The painting is Flashe on wood panel and measures 36″ x 48″. (If it were a screen print, there would be just over forty colors.)

A great project. Thanks, Mark!

 

My Metropolis:

 

In situ:

 

The source photo:

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