Friday, 9 December 2016

Back and Forth - Christmas 2016

The pot below has been passing back and forth between me and a friend (who is none to fond of the pot) for a few years. This is what happened when it was in my hands at Christmas 2014 -- a DIY forest kit. 

This is my what I came up with this year. 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Catalogue Cover - Spring 2017

One of my paintings - the Walls template 'Through' is on the cover of the University of Alberta Press Spring catalogue.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Only Leave A Trace - Spring 2017

I am very pleased to announce this:

"Roger Epp's poetic meditations about the minor miracles, the difficulties, and the loneliness of leading a small university campus through a time of significant change are depicted in a series of elegant yet understated prose pieces, illustrated* by his life partner, Rhonda Harder Epp. Taking a candid look at the many challenges such a position brings, Roger Epp humanizes, scrutinizes, and upholds the integrity of academic administrative work." 

* I protest the term "illustrated" because that is not how that went. Roger walked over to my studio, looked around and said, "Can I use those in my book?" 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

'Roger is my homeboy' the Jacket - Done

I put the final stitches on this project -- my initials -- yesterday. Here it is:


Front detail

Back detail

Sleeve finish

Lining and hook-and-eye closure 

Date of the T-shirt project at Augustana

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Roger/Alabama Chanin progress - Right Front

So here is the right front, more or less done. There will be a pocket but I want to have the left front finished before I make the decision about which pocket on what side. And you can see I have left in all the basting that keeps the layers together. That will come out later. Do you see Roger's face poking out at the top? 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

'Roger is my homeboy' meets Alabama Chanin - 2

Top stenciled layer (too busy, do you think, for someone who prefers understatement?):



Sunday, 28 August 2016

Stitching Again - 6 T-shirts Make 1

I went off to a thrift store with an open mind and a notion. I wanted to make a T-shirt using the Alabama Chanin method and a colour scheme.  I came home with 2 red t-shirts (not quite the same red), and orange, charcoal, black and turquoise t-shirts. One problem I came up against was the current trend for t-shirts to have writing or graphics on the front and back. This severely limits re-usability.

I drew the outlines of the front and back on newsprint, then drew the Alabama Chanin Magdalena stencil, modifying it to how I wanted it to be on my shirt. Then I covered the newsprint with mactac and cut out the shapes to make a stencil. This only works because I was brush dabbing the paint on. It wouldn't work if I was spraying it on. 
Here are the pieces after painting them:

Here, the stitching is done (I know, you can hardly see it):

And here, I have done the cutting:

The sleeves:

The finished piece.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Listening to the News

I can't yet articulate what these paintings are about, but they have something to do with responding to news I hear and read. I did this one yesterday. 

41" x 20"
104cm x 51cm

oil on board

And these two today:

14" x 14"
36cm x 36cm

oil on canvas

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Birthday number: 58 from 1958

Some one here turned 58. I don't know if it is a "thing" when one's age matches the year one was born, but that's what the deal is here. (MCMLVIII is 1958, but you probably guessed that.)

This year's number came with a set of magnets and a pin!