western prints

Wild West Wolf

This piece is a recreation of a photograph with the client’s character as the stand in, some details changed in an attempt to make it more accurate to the late 1800’s.  The $20 bills on the table should be period accurate, and to my knowledge so are the cards and poker chips.  Not that I was going for straight up historical accuracy, there’s plenty of leeway to for matching the original photo, and for making it a fun to look at piece.  Feels great to get my teeth into a more detailed piece after doing so many small commissions, and this one was truly a pleasure to make!

Prints available here - https://www.etsy.com/listing/517631242/wild-west-wolf-print

11 hours in PS6 with an Intuos pro tablet

Fan Bing Bing absolutely killing it and looking like an immaculate goddess at the Met Gala, meanwhile nearly everyone else entirely missed the theme memo.

Women’s rights, Standing Rock protests planned in major US cities this weekend

New York City

Rally for a #FairWorkWeek and Fast Food Worker Empowerment
Friday, March 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern, City Hall

“Everyone needs to plan their time to balance work, family and education. But last minute scheduling practices endemic in the fast food industry prevent fast food workers from planning theirs. It’s time for a #FairWorkWeek NOW! They also need the ability to form their own nonprofit organization to fight for their rights and improve their communities.”

People’s March for Education Justice
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern, Trump International Hotel

“As we continue to defend public education from federal attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, we march to defend [education] here in New York from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The public investment he proposes in his education budget this year is woefully inadequate and falls way short of being equitable. … Black, brown, immigrant, refugee, low-income, LGBTQIA, English language learners, homeless students and students with disabilities are worthy of an investment that will meet their needs not deny them opportunities to be successful.”

NY March 4 Trump Rally
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue

“This is a Pro America rally in support of our President and to show our American pride. Wear your USA and Trump gear. Bring your American flags, signs and pride. This will be a peaceful rally. See you there!”

Real New Yorkers Don’t - “March 4 Trump”
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, 53rd Street and 5th Avenue

“Donald Trump was scheduled to return to NYC for the first time since the inauguration; but of course he chickened out, knowing that we prefer New York City WITHOUT HIM! We are certain that his absence will not stop the trumpalumpas from continuing with their March 4 Trump rally in support of him this Saturday, so we still want to make a strong showing in a counter protest at Trump Tower.”

March 4th for Standing Rock
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern, New York Public Library, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

“Six days before the national Rise with Standing Rock mobilization in Washington, D.C., march on Trump Tower (on 5th avenue) to protest the Dakota Access pipeline and its threat to the Standing Rock Sioux, their sacred lands and clean water.”

Print Organize Protest
Sunday, March 5, 2017, Shoestring Press, 663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn

“Print Organize Protest is a nationwide campaign where print shops work with local artists to open their doors and invite the community in to print clothing and signs of resistance. We are a network of artists and printers committed to creating social change through art in our communities.”

Washington, D.C.

Event to Protest Trump at Russian Embassy
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, Embassy of Russia, 2650 Wisconsin Ave NW

“Please come to our peaceful, issue-focused protest of Trump-Russia covert collaboration. We’ll protest outside the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. — a location sure to generate press coverage.”


Print Organize Protest
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 4912 N. Western Avenue

“Print Organize Protest is a nationwide campaign where print shops work with local artists to open their doors and invite the community in to print clothing and signs of resistance. We are a network of artists and printers committed to creating social change through art in our communities.”

Los Angeles 

International Women’s Day March 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific, Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, 100 W. 1st Street

“This march is convened and led by transnational/women of color, but all people are welcome to join!”

San Francisco

Print Organize Protest
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific, the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, #8

“Print Organize Protest is a nationwide campaign where print shops work with local artists to open their doors and invite the community in to print clothing and signs of resistance. We are a network of artists and printers committed to creating social change through art in our communities.”

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Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

The leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, was born on this day in 1452.

These are just a few of the drawings by da Vinci held in our Western Art Print Room, available to view by anyone by appointment. The Print Room is home to more than 270,000 prints & drawings. 


  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Maiden with a Unicorn. Pen and dark brown ink on white paper.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Unicorn. Pen and dark brown ink with metalpoint on white paper.
  •  Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Horseman in Combat with a Griffin. Silverpoint on a cream preparation, touched with the brush in bodycolour.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Detail from a sheet of studies of Figures and of Machinery. Silverpoint on pale pink prepared paper.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). The Virgin and Child Adored. Lead point over indentations with the stylus on off-white paper.
What was the relationship between Sephardim and Ashkenazim on the West Coast?

By Leora Singer, Former Research Intern

This is my second blog post in a series of three posts in which I discuss the theme of Sephardim in the West Coast in the 19th-20th century. You can see my first post here. In this post, I compare and contrast the relationship between Ashkenazim and Sephardim in Seattle and San Francisco.


When Calvo and Policar (the first two Sephardim in Seattle) first encountered the Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews living in the city, they weren’t exactly welcomed with open arms. These observant Jews didn’t believe that Policar and Calvo were “real Jews” because they spoke Greek instead of Yiddish (Adatto, 56), and their names didn’t “sound Jewish” (Angel, 553). Because they felt ostracized by the Jewish community, Calvo and Policar spent a lot of time with Greek non-Jews living in Seattle (Adatto, 58). Fortunately, the rabbi of Bikur Holim, an Orthodox synagogue, convinced the Orthodox Ashkenazim that the Sephardim were just as observant as they were. The Ashkenazim accepted Calvo and Policar as members of the Jewish people.

The Seattle Sephardic community kept growing as Calvo and Policar brought family members over, and these family members spread the word about the opportunities available in Seattle (Adatto, 60). In 1904, the first Rhodesli Sephardic immigrant came to Seattle (FitzMorris, 29). As the number of Sephardim in Seattle grew, their ties to the overall Jewish community of Seattle grew. Many Sephardim prayed at Bikur Holim. They felt somewhat connected to the Orthodox Ashkenazim because they, like the Sephardim, upheld high religious standards (Adatto, 116). However, the perception was that their cultures were just too different to mix together, so the Sephardim and Orthodox Ashkenazim remained fairly separate. For example, intermarriage between the two groups was highly rare (Adatto, 117).

Despite its rocky nature, the beginning of the relationship between Orthodox Sephardim and Orthodox Ashkenazim was still stronger than the beginning of the relationship between Sephardim and Reform Ashkenazim. The Sephardim distrusted the Reform Ashkenazim because they believed that the Reform Ashkenazim were not following enough of the Jewish traditions. Fortunately, Aubrey Levy from the Reform Temple de Hirsch helped to change this negative view of Reform Judaism by forming a friendship with the Sephardic Jews. As a lawyer, he helped Sephardim with legal work, free of charge. For example, in 1914, he assisted them with the legal logistics in the purchase of the (previously Ashkenazi-owned) Bikur Holim synagogue (Adatto, 118-119). Levy was highly regarded by the Sephardim. By association, his synagogue became highly regarded as well. In fact, many Sephardic children got their Jewish education at the Hebrew School of Temple de Hirsch. However, even after many years, there was still very little intermarriage. The Sephardim still did not feel like a part of Ashkenazi culture.

San Francisco:

There was a temporary Sephardic congregation in the early 1850s (Zerin, 30). The congregation was called Shaar Hashamayim. It was so temporary that it never even had a building because the congregation stopped meeting only a few months after its creation (Zerin, 47). This is likely because the construction of new buildings for two Ashkenazi-run synagogues, Temple Emanu-El and Temple Sherith- Israel, was underway. Since the Sephardim and Ashkenazim in San Francisco were united, (especially in comparison to these sects in other West Coast cities) the Sephardim didn’t want to divide it by having their own synagogue. Also, some members of the Sephardic congregation had been leaders in the other synagogues, because they were so prominent and respected by the Ashkenazim (Stern and Kramer, 47).

Sephardim from San Francisco are sometimes difficult to identify because intermarriage with Ashkenazim and even non-Jews was common (Stern and Kramer, 45). This practice showed a stark difference between the Jews of San Francisco and in other West Coast cities. In the other cities, intermarriage between pretty much anyone that was not a Jew from your home country was frowned upon.


Adatto, Albert. Sephardim and the Seattle Sephardic Community. Seattle: U of Washington, 1939. Print.

Angel, Marc D., Hasson, Aron, Kramer, William M., Maimon, Isaac, Samuels, Beth, Sidell, Loraine, Stern, Norton B. Sephardic Jews in the West Coast States : An Anthology. 1st ed. Los Angeles: Published for the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles by the Western States Jewish History Association, 1996. Print. Western States Jewish History ; v. 28, No. 1-3.

Stern, Stephen. The Sephardic Jewish Community of Los Angeles. New York: Arno, 1980. Print. Folklore of the World (New York).

Zerin, Edward. Jewish San Francisco. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006. Print. Images of America

Hey guys! 

Just a little production update.  We’re fine tuning a couple things in these early stages before we move onto finalized storyboards. The final boards will help with layout and key posing for animation.  There’s really nothing good looking we can show yet, its all kind of chicken scratch and stuff usually changes during this step.  We’re trying to make sure the story is air tight before we get voices or start animation.  Besides that, we’re working on sending out all the rewards lower than the “Sheriff Pack Deluxe” tier before the new year. We’ve sent out the “Rebel Rouser” tier this past weekend and they should be hitting your mailbox soon. We love seeing supporters getting their goods and showing off their swag! Thanks for sharing them! We can’t say this enough but to everyone who hasn’t done their surveys yet please try to get them done as it stops production on our end. A lot of GOFUNDME backers need to check their emails or spam. It’ll only take a minute! We just want to make sure you get your rewards. Shirts have been ordered and are on the way. We estimate they’ll get to us in early December. Crew members are also being assembled. Animation takes a while, so we thank everyone for being so patient. More updates soon! 

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Chapter 1

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Graverobber

So let me set the scene here: It’s June 2013, and I’m sitting in the Western Print Room of the Ashmolean, looking at drawings by the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  I come across a portrait of someone I don’t recognize, so I decide to look at the object notes.  Today I don’t remember the name of who it was, but I do recall the provenance listed: ”Given as a gift for the assistance of the exhumation of the artist’s wife”

In 1862 Lizzie Siddal, Rossetti’s wife, model, and long-time muse, died of an overdose of Laudanum.  It’s still debated whether this overdose was intentional.  Lizzie had been reliant on Laudanum, large doses of it, for quite some time. On the other hand, it’s alleged she left a note.  If it was suicide, it was probably prompted by recent birth of a stillborn child, and compounded by her ill health and Rossetti’s careless attitude towards her and the obligations of marriage.  Whatever the case, Rossetti seems to have felt tremendous guilt and made no attempt to hide his grief.  As a final token of love, he buried a book of handwritten poems along with her.  

But Rossetti was never one to let life (or propriety) get in his way.  Over the years, his wounds closed up, and he began to regret the loss of his poems.  So in 1869 he obtained permission to have her body exhumed in order that he might reclaim them.  Rossetti not having the stomach to deal with it, he sent a small cadre of associates to perform the act, in the dead of night.  He apparently missed out on a remarkable experience.  Stories told by those who attended the exhumation stated that when the lid of her coffin was removed, Lizzie was found to be in a perfectly uncorrupted state, with her famous red gold hair seeming to fill the casket. 

This is where the story takes on an additional dimension.  Rossetti resided at Cheyne Walk, in London.  Later, one Bram Stoker would move in just a few doors down from him.  It’s long been suggested that this tale of the young woman, rightfully dead but seeming to cling to the appearance of life, contributed in part to the conception of vampires in his book Dracula.  This was a story that made the rounds in the area, and at the very least it’s extremely likely that Stoker heard it.  There’s no concrete evidence either way.  At least Lizzie herself isn’t tormented by eternal life.  She’s been left to rest peacefully since that night in 1869, albeit sans one book of poetry.

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