Printmaking Workshop with Hilary Lorenz

Brooklyn Bridge Park, C-Scape Dune Shack Residency, Drawing, LMCC Process Space, Prints

25_“Join artist Hilary Lorenz for a demonstration of her printmaking process and an opportunity to add to Birding, her new installation at 99 Plymouth!”

That is the heading for the press release from Brooklyn Bridge Park where my installation, “Birding” is now in full swing. Three separate murals made entirely of printed, cut and watercolor painted paper are spread out over three wall in a total of fifty-six feet.

I have been working on this project since March, first at my LMCC Artist residency, then in my studio in NM and finally at a the C-Scape Artist Residency on the National Seashore of Cape Cod. It has definitely grown!


The first of three 2 hours drop in demonstrations will be Sunday October 23rd from 1 to 3 pm. And for an added bonus it is my birthday weekend, so come and see me. Click here for the details . Visitors have the opportunity of printing, cutting and posting fish, sea creatures, and birds to the community room’s “Salt Marsh” mural piece.

I hope to see you Sunday at 99 Plymouth Street at Washington, DUMBO neighborhood, just south of the Manhattan Bridge.


Installation at 99 Plymouth Street


Linocut wood ducks on hand drawn rocks and water.

Tomorrow morning I begin installing my new piece at 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201. It is in DUMBO, just south of the Manhattan Bridge.

Here is a link to the opening night event. Please come and join me!

The work will be up all through the year.

If you find yourself in BBP on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 6pm stop by, I will be in the community room as I install the show.



Two Weeks to Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Hand drawn rocks by Hilary Lorenz

On October 1 I begin installing  a new artwork at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street from Smack Mellon.  Commissioned by the park in early spring I have been drawing, carving and printing birds that inhabit the park. This past month I began work on their habitat, first with the rocks that surround the marsh then I will make the grass.  The piece will be big, there is a 12 and 24 foot wall in one area, and a second 20 foot and 12 foot wall in anther. I always get nervous that I do not have enough printed and cut paper, but I should also know that by now I always do.

I planned my schedule carefully for this piece. I spent March through July carving the linoleum block birds. In August I made multiple drawings. And the plan for September was to spend 30 days printing my heart out on my big, 33″ x 72″ press at LIU Brooklyn where I am a tenured professor. All went well until September 1. Dr. Kimberly Kline, president of LIU locked out faculty during contract negotiations. I had 48 hours to get my blocks, paper, ink and completed artworks out of my LIU studio. I managed to do that along with a small press.  My bike, flat files and 20 years of artwork are still there and I cannot access them. Yes, the lockout is horrible and I technically  went from a full tenured professor to unemployed and uninsured in about 48 hours. But as they say, “opportunity comes from adversity” and it is true. A friend offered me  space in his studio, another friend use of his press. And while his press is smaller than some of my blocks I can do a great deal of work.  Instead of printing some of the large piece I will hand draw them them onsite.  This is certainly offering me the opportunity of new ways of creating my artwork. It is also showing me that no matter what happens with these negotiations, I will be just fine, but I worry deeply about my students. I have to pass through a whole lot of anxiety, fear and anger to get to the other side and it is not pretty. But working from home and at least making drawings, and txting with my students,  everything feels right.


Linoleum block hand colored Seagulls by Hilary Lorenz for BBP.

Three Weeks in the Shack

C-Scape Dune Shack Residency, LMCC Process Space, Uncategorized


I just returned from my C-Scape Beach shack artist residency on the National Seashore of Cape Cod in Provincetown. It was a fantastic three weeks of beach walking, seal and whale scouting, sunset viewing, art making, and relaxing.  Here are 12,  11″ x 14″ watercolor collage pieces I finished.

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It was incredibly beautiful on the the Cape. I took these photos on my last night while on a 9 mile beach walk to visit two lighthouses.  It was a great way to finish out my time.

Thank you to John who graciously transported me and my stuff through the soft sand to the shack, and Jay Critchley and Tom Boland of The Compact.  for this incredible opportunity.

C-Scape Dune Shack Week Two

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This past weekend I had the great pleasure of having Lisa B. a friend and hiking buddy from Santa Fe, NM come visiting. She had been volunteering at a kids camp on the Cape and stayed with me for two nights at C-Scape.

On her second day we walked from the shack to the visitors center, down the bike trail past Race Beach, past Herring Cover to the jetty at Pilgrim’s First Landing Park . It is just over 5 miles from the beach shack, not terribly far, but the heat index was 101 and two of those miles are in soft sand.  The sand was blazing hot and we were pretty cranky by the time we got to the jetty, but as planned we got there at low tide. After walking out the jetty, we climbed down the rocks and looked for critters, specifically starfish.
Hilary_lorenz_Cscape_dune_shack_Ptown_StarfishThere were loads of starfish almost immediately. I was really happy. At first I thought our trip was a bust and hated the idea of walking the 5 miles back in that terrible heat. We found starfish, crabs, loads of neat stuff I really did not know what it was. Wading through the low tidal pools, while very stinky was a nice feeling on my beaten up feet.
We walked back via Commercial Street and stopped to get iced lattes. That was a nice invigorator for the walk back. By the time we got home, we were only gone 5 hours, but walked almost 12 miles and we were hot, sunburn, blistered and exhausted. I barely remember going to bed.
I finished eight drawings. I made two drawings of this seaweed. I forgot the name of it and could not find it on-line so if you know it, please post it in the comments. Otherwise I will find out the name the next time I meet up with the ranger.  I could draw this stuff all day as it is really interesting and fun to do.

Stepping out of the Shack

C-Scape Dune Shack Residency

Hilary_Lorenz_CScape_Dune_Shack_Seals.jpgIt was delightful to return to the C-Scape Dune Shack on Provincetown’s National Seashore after almost 8 years. It is hard to believe it was that long ago that I spend 6 fascinating winter weeks here. Now it is summer  I will be here three weeks and I have the grey seals to watch.

There have been great improvements in the shack, there is now a propane refrigerator and stove. There is a new outdoor composting toilet and a solar shower. The single layer walls have interior slats of wood, and one of the windows and frame have been replaced along with a beautiful cabinet in the living room. It is still very much a shack bur far more cozy. If you followed me in 2007/08, I am writing this post in the place I wrote then, the Cape Air Airport. It is a little over a 45:00 walk down the beach from the shack.  And to much of my surprise and pleasure I am still all alone and completely secluded from the public. I will keep you updated about my adventures. I am here until August 27th.


C-Scape Dune Shack, Provinetown, MA


The view from my beach on the night I arrived.


Working from the kitchen of the shack on some watercolors, while looking out onto the dunes.


A drawing in progress influences by the Provincetown National Seashore.


Two completed drawings from the C-Scape Beach Shack.


One of my many grey seal buddies who come out every night at dusk.


A cool looking toad outside my shack.

C-Scape Dune Shack Residency


I just landed on Cape Cod in Provincetown, MA for a three-week artist residency at the C-Scape Dune Shack.  This is the delightful place I spent 6 weeks in 2007/08 at. It is buried in the dunes and absolutely primitive. I have no wifi or electricity for that matter, but once a week I will try to make a post.

After completing my LMCC artist residency, driving out to Norther New Mexico and back within one month, now out at the Cape, I am beat, really beat. But I am completing the work on my installation for the Brooklyn Bridge Park out here. Since I am completely alone without any distractions I am sure I will get plenty of rest and work done while floating in the salty Atlantic Ocean.

Have a wonderful summer.

PS if you are interested in learning about the last time I was here, I blogged about it at

Updates and Important Information

LMCC Process Space, north shore animal rescue, Prints, Small Print Store, stonetrigger press, Uncategorized

For those of you that frequent my Etsy Store. I will close the shop from June 29 to July 15 while I am traveling.. Before I go I am offering Summer20 coupon, a 20% discount on all orders over $40 from today until June 28th. All orders will ship by 29th.  Just type in “Summer20.”

Also, Mr. C, Conrad has his own benefit print. After making 16 vet visits in 4 weeks, the always smiling Conrad got his own 7″ x 5″ print, a super deal at only $10 to help offset the cost of his bandage changes. Surprise a friend and make them smile with a smiling Labrador in a cone hand printed linocut. All details are on my Etsy Stonetrigger Press Page.

My four month Governors Island  residency is coming to a close. As part of my participation in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space artist residency program, I’m pleased to invite you to learn more about my latest project “Migration” a series of linocut printed and hand colored birds at LMCC’s Governors Island Open Studios. This is a preview for a later and 10x larger more sophisticated installation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, in October.  Open Studio is free and open to all on June 25th from 1 to 4pm only. Click here  for FB invite. 

There is an hourly ferry from Manhattan and one from Pier 6 in Brooklyn. Plan ahead it will be crowded on the ferry!!!!!

Lastly I will leave for my studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico on June 29th and stay until July 29th. From there I will drive to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for a three week artist residency at the C-Scape Beach Shack on the National Seashore.   and return to NYC on September 1.

Smokey, from Start to Finish

Small Print Store, stonetrigger press

I am working on a super fun project creating a portrait of Smokey a beautiful Weimaraner rescue pup who lives in Michigan. I photographically detailed the entire process for you to see, but especially for Smokey’s human companions. I know this girl is very special.


I start with a collection of photographs provided by Smokey’s family.  I blow some up so that I can see detail, making copies both light and dark to see texture. Then I start the drawing onto a 7″ x 5″ linoleum block


This is the block before I carved it. I draw in a range of lines to use as a guide, but eventually my carving tool becomes my “drawing” tool.


I use a variety of carving tools to bring out the details of the drawing. I carve away everything that I want to appear white.


While I am carving, I also pencil in lines, and brush over the surface so that it is easier to see what is cut and what is left.


Once I am ready to print, I mix up oil based ink until I get the color I want.


I use a brayer to apply ink to the linoleum block, making sure to cover the surface evenly.


Once the block is inked up, I carefully place it on the press bed.


A sheet of paper is carefully placed on top the linoleum block. I have a “template” in place that is my guidelines for placement


I use this handle to crank the press bed under the rollers thus applying pressure to the block and transferring the ink to the paper.


Here is the print side by side with the block on the press bed.


Here is where it gets really interesting. I wanted to put a jacket on Smokey, so I took the first print, cut it up so that I would have a pattern of the jacket. I then reversed it, since everything in printmaking is mirror image and used it as a stencil to block out the ink. Meaning, I would ink the block, put this paper over where the jacket should be and print it. This will leave an open spot for me to put the jacket.


This is the block with stencil on the left, and the print on the right.


This is a second pattern I used to cut the Awagami Japanese hemp paper for the jacket.


I am sizing up the  paper cut jacket before I adhere it to the print


And here is Smokey in her fine green jacket.


And in her fancy red jacket. I think she is looking especially fine. 

Paper used: Awagami Factory, Japan, handmade Shiramine Select, 110g
Collage paper: Awagami Factory, Japan, Shin Inbe, color hemp paepr
Ink: Speedball Oil based ink
Press: Takach
I use a variety of carving tools from Switzerland, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
If you read this far, and you want a portrait made of your pet, you can order one through my Etsy Store, at StonetriggerPress. 




LMCC Govenors Island Open Studio

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studio_boats.jpgMemorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29 marks the opening of Govenors Island to the public and the first of two open studios for us LMCC Artists in Building 110. Shuttle and all events are free.

I can’t honestly say I am looking forward to the island being open to the public every day, though our studios will remain closed except May 28/29 and June 25/26. I love the quiet ride on the ferry and being alone on the deck as we cross over New York harbor. I love my afternoon runs where I do not see another person. All that will change. I do not know how many people come to the island in the summer, but if this photo from the GI website is any indication, my days of isolation are over.
Govenors_island_people.jpgI have only been working 3 months, and I am not sure what my space will look like. I have three projects I am working on. My boats, in both paper and ceramic, an installation piece consisting of giant rabbits and a tent (I think that will be ready in June) and various collage and watercolor pieces that I  working on. I am confident though, my studio and my work will look good for the event. 
My studio is truly a working studio and I am not treating it like an exhibition, as it is not yet in that state. I am excited to have friends come and to talk with the public, that is always important to me in my art making. I just want everyone to go home afterward. Except this one, she can stay as long as she likes…..Shelley, one of the best friends a person could have visiting from Michigan. Our photo from yesterday at Governors Island.  She requires a special shout-out. See you on the Island!