Monday, December 18, 2006

Richard Serra, Vesturey I, 1991, Etching with intaglio construction on Murillo and Meirat Velasquez handmade papers, 71 1/4 x 35 1/4 inches approx., collection of Paul J. Schupf, Hamilton, New York, ©1991 Richard Serra and Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Los Angeles

Richard Serra, Bessie Smith, 1999, etching on tan Somerset Satin paper, 44 x 36 inches, collection of Paul J. Schupf, Hamilton, New York, ©1999 Richard Serra and Gemini G.E.LLLC, Los Angeles

Friday, December 15, 2006

New Non Toxic Etching Ink (too me that is)

Caligo Inks has started producing a non-toxic intaglio ink that is oil-based and safe to wash with water and soap. Compared to the Akua Inks that are also non-toxic but are water based and from what they say "It has a thick consistency with minimal water content." HA!

Now I am not fond the Akua Inks at all. They were very lose and would become transparent, but they did card very fast and did wipe just as fast. But the inks were easily able to be over wiped and it has a smell that I wasn't to fond of either , but that's my own qualms. Now the Akua Inks are good to make proofs but I wouldn't use it for a edition-ing a piece. They say it drys but all the prints that I have used the Akua Inks on are still slightly tacky to the touch. I have prints that are months old that are still tacky. Maybe I'm biased, but the Akua inks just don't have the warmth that I get from traditional oil-based etching ink. But I completely understand about having a non-toxic ink for intaglio, it is needed.

That's why I'm hoping that the Caligo Safe Wash Etching inks will be a better alternative to traditional oil-based inks. I have yet to try these inks but I hope too in the following months.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Solar Radiation Storm Smacks Satellites and Space Station
By Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
posted: 13 December 2006
08:21 am ET

A large sunspot that has been kicking up storms in recent days erupted again overnight with an X-3 solar flare. All X-flares are major.

This latest event has set off a radiation storm that is preventing some sun-watching satellites from doing their jobs. Such storms are fairly common when the Sun is at its most active, but they are rare during the current low point in the 11-year cycle of solar activity.

NASA and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station keep watch for strong radiation storms and sometimes retreat to the most protective part of the orbiting outpost to avoid exposure. Spacewalks are avoided during events like this. According to, "satellites may experience some glitches and reboots, but astronauts are in no danger."

However, the astronauts were ordered to a protective area of the space station as a precaution.

Flares of this magnitude can damage satellites and disrupt telecommunications on Earth.

The sunspot, numbered 930, has been rotating across the face of the Sun for several days. Sunspots are dark regions of the Sun where intense magnetic activity caps the upwelling of material from below. Sometimes a cap blows, and a visible flare results. The flares are loaded with X-rays and other radiation, all of which reaches Earth moments after the eruption and can be accompanied by a shower of protons. These storms can arrive in moments with little warning and can be deadly.

Last week, the same sunspot generated what astronomers described as a rarely imaged solar tsunami. The activity began with an X-9 flare Dec. 5.

Skywatchers at high latitudes—Canada and possibly the very northernmost United States, for example—might want to keep an eye out for aurora, or Northern Lights, which can be spawned by solar storms. No major auroral activity is expected, however.

Sunspot 930 has a small chance of producing additional major flares, according to NOAA-run Space Environment Center.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


24x21 inches

24x21 inches

Bronze Coast
Latitudes and Longitudes 1-6
18x 6 inch

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Ambient Walkman

Published: December 10, 2006

The popularity of the iPod has given new urgency to an old criticism of the portable music player: namely, that it isolates the listener by tuning out the world around him. As one response to this problem, Noah Vawter, a graduate student at the M.I.T. Media Lab, has created a pair of headphones that tunes the listener back in.

Illustration by Julia Hasting

The ambient Walkman.

The device, which Vawter calls Ambient Addition, consists of two headphones with transparent earpieces, each equipped with a microphone and a speaker. The microphones sample the background noise in the immediate vicinity — wind blowing through the trees, traffic, a cellphone conversation. Then, with the help of a small digital signal-processing chip, the headphones make music from these sounds. For instance, percussive sounds like footsteps and coughs are sequenced into a stuttering pattern, and all the noises are tuned so that they fuse into a coherent, slowly changing set of harmonies.

The overall effect is a bit like listening to U2 with the vocals removed. Vawter is working on a version of the device that would rearrange the noises around the user to approximate any given pop song.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

234 inches x 27 inches
screen print
Francisco Ramirez

Saturday, December 02, 2006

These are some Xerox Transfer prints that I did recently. I also used the Chine-Colle' method to adhere the prints to another piece of paper.

Four Color Process Xerox Transfer, Chine-Colle'
Rives BFK

The Swamp
Four Color Process Xerox Transfer, Chine-Colle'
Rives BFK

Last Stop for Gas #1 and #2
Xerox Transfer Prints, Chine-Colle'
Rives BFK and Somerset

Country Home(Winter) #1 and #2
Xerox Transfer Prints, Chine-Colle'
Rives BFK and Somerset