DowStudio.com is the Internet portal for the art - drawings and fine art prints - of Master Printmaker Louis F. Dow.On this site, you can find out about Louis, learn about how he makes his art and see many examples of the art.Check out the buttons at the right to navigate to various parts of the site.On many pages are short “blurbs” that explain about various aspects of printmaking and drawing and on about some of the personal approaches Louis uses when making art. These often have links to more complete explanations. On the “Contact” page, there’s an opportunity to contact Louis with comments, questions and ideas or to inquire about purchasing or commissioning art.
A “monotype” is any unique (mono-) piece of fine art made using some kind of printing process (-type). In the case of the monotype pictured above, Alpine Village, the image was built up on a flat plexiglass plate which was then placed on a press bed and covered with a piece of fine art paper. Running the plate and paper through the press causes the image to transfer from the late to the paper.
Dow has been a professional printmaker for over 35 years, running professional, commercial printmaking studios in Los Angeles, Indiana and Miami. At each of these locations he made his own art; worked with artists from around the world who have an interest in printmaking, especially etchings and monotypes and monoprints; did workshops and was generally supportive of aspiring and accomplished printmakers and artists. He also makes, proofs, editions and repairs etching and other types of relief and intaglio plates for artists, publishers and collectors. Louis began his adult life as a musician and later earned a Masters of Public Administration from the highly respected City Management school of the University of Kansas. He held several “real jobs” in public administration, including being City Manager or Assistant in several municipalities.Although he truly enjoyed public administration and public management, he wanted to see if it was possible to live his live without a real job and decided to return to the arts; learned to draw and began a focus on Printmaking, particularly etchings and monotypes.
Printmaking -Printmaking isn’t commercial printing, it isn’t posters or reproductions, letterheads or invitations. Fine Art Printmaking is simply various techniques for making fine art that include some kind of printing process. Included in Printmaking are such techniques as etching, wood- and lino-cuts, hand lithography, monotypes and monoprints. While drawings aren’t a printmaking technique, many printmakers also make drawings and many printmaking techniques involve some drawing so drawing is often part of a Printmaker’s portfolio.
What does “printing process” mean?
A “printing process” simply involves the process of transferring imagery usually by means of a printing press. So, in Printmaking, there is some kind of plate - in etching a copper or zinc plate, in lithography, a stone or aluminum plate, in wood-cuts a block of wood serves as a plate, and so on. The image is built up on the plate using any of a wide variety of techniques and then transferred, usually in a press, to paper or some other substrate. The result is a “Print,” also called an etching, or a woodcut or linocut, or a hand lithograph (not to be confused with photo or ofset lithography which is standard printing, like posters or invitations), or a monotype or monoprint.
Monotypes are pieces of original fine art made using some printing process. The studio can make original, one-of-a-kind monotypes in almost any custom color and style. We often make fine art that will match color and stylistic schemes. Prices are based mostly on size.Generally $300.00 - 3,ooo.00
While we make etchings in a wide variety of styles, they often have a more “traditional look.” Etchings are the medium of Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, and Blake. Etchings are often smaller - Rembrandt did some as small as postage stamps - but are conveniently available in sizes up to 24x36 inches. The Studio has developed a technique, mixing an etching with a colligraph, which allows for wide ranges of colors and textures while keeping costs reasonable. Cost depends on size and difficulty of printing.Generally $300.00 - 5,000.00
Strictly speaking, drawing isn’t a printmaking technique, but it’s common for printmakers to also make drawings and that’s certainly the case at Dow Studio. We do both pen & ink and pencil drawings and make color available via either colored pencils or other color media. Prices depend on size and technique.Generally $200.00 - 10,000
“Printmaking is the GRAND OPERA of art. A Printmaker employs almost all of the tech-niques artists use, imagery, chemistry, composition, technique, and lots of problem solving, to make a print.-Louis F. Dow
Only a few people know that I have a brother in Los Angeles who was critically injured in a catastrophic house fire on December 29. I rushed out to L.A. that same day and was able to see him that night. He was badly injured, burns all over his head, arms and hands, lots of damage to his lungs because of smoke inhalation - and inhalation of other junk, damage to his kidneys and heart. He’s still in the Intensive Care Unit of the Grossman Burn Clinic, where he’s getting absolutely wonderful care, and he’s slowly regaining consciousness. He’s undergone several surgeries to do skin grafts and still more procedures to try and clear out his lungs.He was on dialysis for a while to help his kidneys, but fortunately, that’s over now.It was apparent from the beginning that he was going to need a lot of care for who knows how long, but longer than what anyone anticipated
when I first flew out, so, after a week seeing him every day in the I.C.U. I flew back to Miami, hastily loaded a car up, and drove back as quickly as possible to L.A. That excursion took about 5 days. I’m back now, spending a lot of time every day with him, helping with the therapy supervising his care and just giving a lot of moral support. I’ve been with him every day except for several days when I flew back to Miami While I’m here, I’m doing pen & ink and colored pencil drawings. I’m mostly using some of my older monotypes as “hooks” for the imagery . . . and I think they’re turning out pretty good. In fact, I think they represent a new level in my ability to execute this type of drawing. I’ll post some images as soon as I have them ready.
On this page:
-The Rehearsal: Pencil Drawing,
Below, you’ll see three sets of images. The first shows drawings, the middle is etchings and the last (though not least) are Monotypes, Monoprints and Colligraphs. Click on an image to see a larger version.