Well, after four years of heavy use, my primary Epson 9900 printer seems to have given up with a head failure. I'm still working on trying to fix it, but the problem was sufficiently bad that I've added a new printer to the stable, the new Epson P9000.
Besides the roll holder cover at the top being black, it is pretty similar physically to its predecessor, and I've started testing now to see if Epson's claims about improved performance and reliability are evident. So far, so good. As for the two partially broken 9900's, I have not yet decided their fate -- they may go back into service as Piezography printers or they may retire gracefully.
I'll be on a family trip later this month and will be out from Tuesday, June 20th until Monday, July 3rd. If you need anything before that timeframe please let me know as soon as possible, and otherwise I can help out once I return in July. I will have email access while I'm away, too, if you'd like to contact me.
My printing book (Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print) is now available -- I just received copies in the mail last night. If you'd like a signed version, please contact me and we'll work out the details. You can also get an e-book or purchaser from the publisher, Rocky Nook, or the normal online retailers.
I'll be on the road for a photography trip from roughly April 17th through April 30th, so please contact me as soon as possible if you have printing needs impacted by that timeframe.
I now have two upcoming week-long printing workshops with Maine Media coming up, one on May 7-13 and the other August 20-26th. Both are my traditional workshop entitled "The Craft and the Art of the Fine Digital Print". Please contact me with any questions, and follow the link above to the Maine Media site to register.
Something keeping me very busy for the last few months has been my first book, entitled "Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print". It will be published in June 2017 by Rocky Nook. I'll have much more about this as we get closer...
I'm pleased to announce a week-long workshop of my popular The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print course in August. The workshop, offered through Maine Media Workshops, runs from August 20th-26th, 2017. You can sign up at the Maine Media site, and the course description is below. Please let me know if you have any questions!
The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print
In this course, students learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, establishing an artistic intent, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality. Throughout the course, we will work through images as a class by making a print, evaluating the print, make modifications, to ultimately produce a final print.
We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, many of the plethora of options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project.
Students have the opportunity to examine the challenges of printing on a large scale and to learn a wide range of techniques for maximizing overall print quality and for creating and handling large prints.
I recently added to my list of print services sample packs for paper - the description is below, and please contact me if you'd like a list of papers or if you have any questions.
I now offer sample prints using your choice of in-stock papers using your own image. Simply send me your image (please contact me for my dropbox link if so desired) and I'll print your image on your choice of any three of my papers for $40.00 (plus shipping and tax as necessary). This is a perfect way to find out what type of paper might work best for your image.
I hope summer is treating everyone well! I just wanted to make a quick note that I'm teaching a week-long workshop next week (August 21-27) at Maine Media Workshops. The workshop is called The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, and If you are curious you can find out more here. So, I'll be somewhat out of touch next week but I will try and return any messages as quickly as possible.
I'll be away from my studio this week camping and will be back in the office again on Monday, July 11th. Please feel free to leave me a message if you need to contact me during that timeframe as I don't expect to have any Internet coverage where we'll be camping.
Coming up soon in the first half of March, I'll have limited availability for printing. I'm teaching a workshop at Maine Media the week of Feb. 29th-March 4th, 2016, and will have limited ability to print during that timeframe. From the end of that workshop until March 17th, I'll be out-of-state and unable to create any prints. Please contact me to discuss any issues.
I'm pleased to announce four fine art printing workshops for 2016, all through Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME. My 2-day Advanced Digital Printing Course will run on March 19th-20th, 2016. My week-long course, The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, will run twice also on May 15th-21st and August 21st-27th.
Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the workshops, and I hope to see you there!
I'm heading West next week for an artist residency at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona. I'll thus be far from my printer and unable to print for clients until my return to the office on November 17th (and will be somewhat limited in time even then through Thanksgiving, but will do my best).
I should still have email communication on my residency, albeit slow. If you have any prints you need before my departure, please contact me as soon as possible (and definitely by this Friday, October 20th).Read More
Two long-standing Nickelson Editions clients have solo exhibitions coming up in July. Linden Frederick has an exhibition opening July 3rd at Rockland's Dowling Walsh Gallery, with an opening reception as part of the First Friday on July 3rd. For reproductions of Linden's wonderful paintings we use Canson Baryta Photographique paper.
Lynn Karlin's beautiful photographs will be the featured show in the July exhibition at the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, with an opening reception on July 5th from 2-5 pm. We print Lynn's photographs on Epson Velvet Fine Art and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308.
The 2015 version of the Maine Photography Show includes a number of Nickelson Editions clients, including Terry Hire, Jon Ziegra, John Stetson, Scott B. Smith, Francesca Gallucio-Steele, Knapp Hudson, and Ni Rong. The exhibition only extends until May 1st in Boothbay Harbor. If you can't make it in person, there is a nice Youtube video with all the winners and comments from juror Tillman Crane.
NE client Jacinda Martinez has her photography featured in the current show ("Bearing Fruit") at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, ME, which extends until May 8th. We printed her beautiful photographs on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching.
"Highways & Byways", an exhibition at the Portland Public Library, includes a wide range of photographers, including NE clients Thomas Birtwistle, Liv Kristin Robinson, Susan Davens, and Brendan Bullock. The exhibition opens this coming Friday (reception 5-8 pm) and extends through May 30th.
Congratulations to friends and/or NE clients Brenton Hamilton, Shoshannah White, Jeffery Becton, Brendan Bullock, Dudley Zopp, Melonie Bennett, and Paul Oberst for being featured in the recent Maine Home+Design Art Issue in April 2015.
I have four upcoming 2015 printing workshops at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and since one was just added, I thought that I should update things. If you are interested in signing up, you can do so at their website, and feel free to ask me any questions about the courses.
VoxPhotographs in Portland, ME has a new exhibition opening March 26th entitled Natural. The exhibition extends until May 6th and includes a whole slew of Nickelson Edition clients, including Jane Yudelman, Mary Woodman, Amy Wilton, David Wade, David Puntel, Kimberly Post, Arla Patch, Audra Welton, LeeAnne Mallonee, Lynn Karlin, Michael Heiko, Medora Hebert, Susan Guthrie, Susan Davens, Thomas Birtwistle, and Sharon Arnold. The opening reception is March 26th from 5-7 pm.
Susan Davens is exhibiting one of her toned cyanotypes at the new Salt, Silver, and Sun exhibition at Portland's PhoPa Gallery. The exhibition includes many amazing photographers (16 artists in all) selected by Brenton Hamilton, and is surely one that needs to be seen in person because of the diverse historical processes that are included.
Robert Moran's photograph "Daughter of a Slave" has won First Prize at the upcoming Portraits 2014exhibition at the New York Center for Photographic Art. The exhibition extends from April 7th through April 19th. We print this body of work for Robert on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag.