There's a new printer in town...

My gaggle of large format printers (P9000 on the left, 2 9900's on the right)

My gaggle of large format printers (P9000 on the left, 2 9900's on the right)

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.

Upcoming Time Away

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.

2017 Workshop with Maine Media Workshops

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.

Sample Packs

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.

Printing Workshop Next Week

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.

Closed for July 4th Week

"Pyrotechnic #255", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

"Pyrotechnic #255", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Upcoming Time Away in March

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.

Upcoming 2016 Workshops

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!

Upcoming Time Away

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).

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Nickelson Editions Client Updates - Linden Frederick, Lynn Karlin, & Terry Hire

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.

Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Terry Hire also has a solo exhibition entitled "Boarded Up" at the Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, ME, with a reception on July 3rd from 5-7 pm.

Upcoming Workshops

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.

I'm teaching the Introduction to Digital Printing weekend course on June 6th-7th and I'm teaching the Advanced Digital Printing course May 16th-17th.

I'm teaching the week-long course The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print on May 24-30th and August 23rd-29th.