My Father-His Birthday Remembered

Today is the anniversary of my father’s birth. Douglas Anderson Hladik.
He was a man of his time, with all that entails, but he never told me I couldn’t be what I wanted to be.
He was raised by three women: his mother, grandmother and aunt.  They all worked. Unusual household in the 1920s-30s.
I miss him.
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This is a photo of my parents-Douglas Anderson Hladik, and Ruth Johson Hladik from the 1940’s.
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This was my father’s favorite monoprint from my Natural History series.  He helped to sponsor a Polar Bear @ our local zoo in Brookfield, Illinois.
This is an aquatint etching.  I use two copper plates-aquatinted stripes, printed on top of each other onto wet Rives BFK.  This gives the range of color in the background.  After the first printing dries, I use a combination of print techniques-linocut-etching-Chine collé, monotyping, etc., to complete each unique print.

Gourmet Brain: Science Fiction?

Today’s Monoprint!  Woke up ravenous.  Fed the cats and birds–then decanted last night’s wonderful homemade ham and lentil soup into containers.  Made by my husband-he’s the king of soup! ( it’s great cold-eating over the sink ) So!  A food theme.

monoprint etching

I love odd factoids about brain science.  Which should be a clue.  I have spent many an unprofitable hour looking for facts/explanations/justice? in the occurrences of life.  Happier now to think that it is what it is.  Move on. Enjoy your day! Eat something YUMMY!

The etching plate/chine collé on the left side of this print was hand-colored with Rotring inks–wonderful, transparent color. No longer made. You can find them on eBay sometimes.  The foods depicted are another insight into my soul (food).  Seafood!  Turkey! Waffles! I also adore tiny little nibbles-party food-savories.

Hungry now-time to start today’s adventures.