Nature Printing

NATURE PRINTING

Nature printing has become one of our favorite hobbies in the last few years. We actually began in 1975 when we took a class at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This class was primarily fish printing (gyotaku) and taught by our good friend Eric Hochberg who works at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. We learned "direct" gyotaku where we put ink on our fish and then pressed paper on top to get a mirror image. Since about the year 2000 we have been taking classes from a Japanese master gyotaku printer, Mineo Yamamoto, who comes to the US about once a year to teach his techniques. Mineo teaches the "indirect" method which is much more time consuming and produces an image that has much greater detail. Most of our images here are done using the "indirect" method on fabric but a few are "direct" and all of our specimens were found dead on the beach or from museum specimens. We belong to a wonderful group of several hundred nature printers called the Nature Printing Society (http://www.natureprintingsociety.org) and enjoy learning new techniques at their annual Nature Printing Society (NPS) workshop.

California Flyingfish

Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  California Flyingfish

Scientific Name:  Cypselurus californicus

Size:  30 X 24 inches

Date Printed:  January 2005

Method:  Indirect

Showings: Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Japanese Black Porgy, Sea Bream

Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Japanese Black Porgy, Sea Bream

Scientific Name:  Acanthopagrus schlegelii

Size:  18 X 16 inches

Date Printed:  May 2010 in Saitama, Japan

Method:  Indirect

Showings: Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


East Coast Octopus

Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  East Coast Octopus

Scientific Name:  Octopus sp.

Size:  40 X 32 inches

Date Printed:  October 2012

Method:  Indirect

Showings: Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Kona Crab

Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Kona Crab

Scientific Name:  Ranina ranina

Size:  12 X 14 inches

Date Printed:  July 2012

Method:  Indirect


Swordfish Head




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Swordfish Head

Scientific Name:  Xiphias gladius

Size:  65 X 28 inches

Date Printed:  September 2009

Method:  Indirect


Common Thresher Shark

Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Common Thresher Shark

Scientific Name:  Alopias vulpinus

Size:  120 X 30 inches

Date Printed:  October 2010

Method:  Indirect


Common Thresher Shark




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Common Thresher Shark close up

Scientific Name:  Alopias vulpinus with caligoid copepod on pectoral fin

Size:  27 X 18 inches

Date Printed:  October 2010

Method:  Indirect


Giant Pacific Octopus




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Giant Pacific Octopus

Scientific Name:  Enteroctopus dofleini

Size:  67 X 40 inches

Date Printed:  September 2010

Method:  Direct


Popeye Catalufa




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Popeye Catalufa

Scientific Name:  Pristigenys serrula

Size:  32 X 20 inches

Date Printed:  September 2009

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  17th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2010


Brown Saddled Rockfish




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Saddled Brown Rockfish

Scientific Name:  Sebastes joyneri

Size:  18 X 16 inches

Date Printed:  May 2010 in Saitama, Japan

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  17th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2010; Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Finescale Triggerfish and Coral




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Finescale Triggerfish and Coral

Scientific Name:  Balistes polylepis, Montastraea cavernosa, Fungia sp.

Size:  26 X 24 inches

Date Printed:  September 2009

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  18th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan October 2011; Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Clearnose Skate




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Clearnose Skate

Scientific Name:  Raja eglanteria

Size:  16 X 21 inches

Date Printed:  December 2003

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  14th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan October 2007; Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Market Squid




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Market Squid catching Krill

Scientific Name:  Loligo opalescens and Euphausia superba

Size:  11 X 18 inches

Date Printed:  March 2007

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  14th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan October 2007


Maine Rock Crab and Maine Rock Weed




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Maine Rock Crab and Maine Rock Weed

Scientific Name:  Cancer sp. and Fucus sp.

Size:  17 X 20 inches

Date Printed:  August 2007

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  14th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan October 2007


Seahorse




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Seahorse

Scientific Name:  Hippocampus sp.

Size:  8 X 12 inches

Date Printed:  June 2006

Method:  Indirect


Rock Crab




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Rock Crab

Scientific Name:  Cancer anthonyi

Size:  18 X 14 inches

Date Printed:  May 2005

Method:  Indirect


Rockfish




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Rockfish

Scientific Name:  Sebastes sp.

Size:  17 X 20 inches

Date Printed:  December 2003

Method:  Indirect


California Skate




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  California Skate

Scientific Name:  Raja inornata

Size:  14 X 15 inches

Date Printed:  October 2002

Method:  Indirect


Spot Prawn




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Spot Prawn

Scientific Name:  Pandalus platyceros

Size:  15.5 X 14 inches

Date Printed:  September 2006

Method:  Indirect

Showings: Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Spot Prawn




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Spot Prawn

Scientific Name:  Pandalus platyceros

Size:  14.5 X 13 inches

Date Printed:  September 2006

Method:  Indirect


Baby Puffer Shark




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Puffer Shark (Swell Shark)

Scientific Name:  Cephaloscyllium ventriosum

Size:  

Date Printed:  July 2006

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  13th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2006


Our XMAS card in 2005 was one of our nature prints - a great white shark. We made two prints - a silver shark on dark blue cloth and a grey shark on white cloth. Below is our xmas print and a few images of how we printed the grey shark on white cloth.


Great White Shark - Silver on Blue Cloth




XMAS card 2005

Great white shark printed with silver ink on navy cloth, December 2005.

Method: Indirect

Showings: Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016



Great White Shark - Gray on White Cloth




Great white shark printed with silver and gray ink on white cloth, December 2005.



Great White Shark Great White Shark with Cloth




Great white shark specimen (left), prepared for gyotaku and covered with glue and cloth (right). We are drying the glue prior to printing with ink. The glued cloth will allow us to print the texture of the skin.



Printing with tampos Gyotaku completed on the shark

Printing the great white shark specimen using tampos - silk wrapped cotton dipped in ink (left). The completed gyotaku print still on the shark (right). After we finish with the tampos we will dry and iron the ink, wash the print to remove the glue, paint in the eye and then sew the edges.



Northern Fur Seal




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Northern Fur Seal

Scientific Name:  Callorhinus ursinus

Size:  23.5 X 30 inches

Date Printed:  August 2005

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  12th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2005



Opah




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Opah

Scientific Name:  Lampris reguis

Size:  35 X 31 inches

Date Printed:  August 2005

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  Forest Lawn Art Gallery, Burbank, California, October 2005



Opah




Just in case you think the opah gyotaku is a bizarre combination of colors you can take a nice look at the fresh opah. It is only a baby and can grow to six feet in length.


Long-beaked Common Dolphin




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Long-beaked Common Dolphin

Scientific Name:  Delphinus capensis

Size:  33.5 X 26.5 inches

Date Printed:  June 2005

Method:  Indirect


Red Rock Crab




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Red Rock Crab

Scientific Name:  Cancer productus

Size:  17 X 19.25 inches

Date Printed:  May 2005

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  13th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2006


Slender Snipe-eel and Krill




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Slender Snipe-eel and Krill

Scientific Name:  Nemichthys scolopaceus and Euphausia superba

Size:  23.5 X 31.25 inches

Date Printed:  January 2005

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  Forest Lawn Art Gallery, Burbank, California, October 2005; 18th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan October 2011; Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


California Flyingfish




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  California Flyingfish

Scientific Name:  Cypselurus californicus

Size:  34 X 40.5 inches

Date Printed:  January 2005

Method:  Indirect


North Pacific Giant Squid




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  North Pacific Giant Squid, Robust Clubhook Squid

Scientific Name:  Onykia robusta

Size:  35.3 X 63.75 inches

Date Printed:  December 2004

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  Wildling Gallery, Los Olivos, California, June 2005; Forest Lawn Art Gallery, Burbank, California, October 2005; Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Jumbo Squid = Humboldt Squid




Artist(s):  Shane and Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Jumbo Squid = Humboldt Squid

Scientific Name:  Dosidicus gigas

Size:  33 X 57 inches

Date Printed:  May 2004

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  12th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2005; Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA Oct 2015 - Mar 2016


Green Turtle




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Green Turtle

Scientific Name:  Chelonia mydas

Size:  44 X 26 inches

Date Printed:  April 2004

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  11th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2004


Hawksbill Turtle and California Killifish




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Hawksbill Turtle and California Killifish

Scientific Name:  Eretmochelys imbricata and Fundulus parvipinnis

Size:  22 X 27.25 inches

Date Printed:  April 2004

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  11th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2004


Long-beaked Common Dolphin




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson

Common Name:  Long-beaked Common Dolphin

Scientific Name:  Delphinus capensis

Size:  18.5 X 25.5 inches

Date Printed:  December 2003

Method:  Indirect


Rockfish Family




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Rockfish

Scientific Name:  Sebastes sp.

Size:  16 X 16.5 inches

Date Printed:  December 2003

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  12th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2005


Blacksmith




Artist(s):  Genny Anderson

Common Name:  Blacksmith

Scientific Name:  Chromis punctipinnis

Size:  16.5 X 14.5 inches

Date Printed:  December 2003

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  13th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2006


California Skate




Artist(s):  Shane Anderson Common Name:  California Skate

Scientific Name:  Raja inornata

Size:  20 X 16 inches

Date Printed:  September 2001

Method:  Indirect

Showings:  12th Annual International Fish Print Show, Tokyo, Japan November 2005




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