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Art Print Inspired by the Approach into SFO Airport

This is a one-of-a-kind print that combines several printmaking techniques, including linocut, trace monotype and stencil. It's part of a series of artworks depicting the final approach into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as you fly over the Bay and the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The East Bay hills, including Mt. Diablo, are in the background.

Landing at SFO Airport

Landing at SFO Airport

The unframed print is on white paper measuring about 14" x 22" and comes numbered (1/1), titled ("Approach I") and is signed in pencil. It’s available on Etsy.

Airplane Linocut Printed on an Etching Press + Liz Phair

My newest linoleum block print is of an airplane window seat view at dusk. It's printed with Schmincke Aqua Linoprint Ink on 250 gsm Stonehenge paper. I was playing with that feeling of flying over a city and looking out at the sprawling, lit up urban landscape below.

I remember that great 1990's Liz Phair song, "Stratford-On-Guy," which starts off with the lyrics, "I was flying into Chicago at night...." That song's video on YouTube is definitely worth a watch. And, for a deep dive into that track, check out PopMatters' take on it.

Here's a little video I made while printing the final layer on my small press, which is a Blick Econo Etch Model II Press. The linocut is part of a series of airplane window view artworks and is now available in my Etsy shop. If you have any questions about how my prints are made, please feel free to email me!

The Best Travel and Airport Podcasts

I spend a lot of time listening to music and podcasts during the week while I'm working. Many of the podcasts are related to travel (and airports, when I can find them). A great travel podcast is one that allows me to feel connected to travel - feeding my wanderlust between trips. Often this is while I'm deep in an art project or just daily family life.

The two best all-around travel podcasts, in my opinion, are Zero To Travel and Extra Pack of Peanuts. I've been a fan of their shows for a few years and they continue to put out great, engaging episodes.

Zero To Travel

Jason, host of Zero To Travel, is clearly passionate about travel and it comes through in his show. He does wonderful interviews with international travelers and shares a lot of useful tips along the way. He also talks about digital nomadism and location independence and, together with Travis of Extra Pack of Peanuts, runs Location Indie. The show covers a wide range of topics, from trekking episodes to quitting your job and affording to travel. Along the way, he introduces us to a passionate community of travelers.

Extra Pack of Peanuts

Travis interviews travelers, creative folks, and entrepreneurs on Extra Pack of Peanuts, but also does "Best of..." shows and destination specific episodes. Do yourself a favor and check out some of his old shows where he talks to adventurers who accomplished some amazing feats...like the two-part Dave Cornthwaite series, for instance. Want to start an adventure travel company or open a hostel, well Travis has interviewed people who have done just that.

World Airport Code Mug

World Airport Code Mug

Dots, Lines & Destinations

Dots, Lines & Destinations is a travel podcast with a small group of hosts that talk a lot about airline and airport news but also give some time to destinations (like the country of Georgia recently). One thing I like about it is that they include international travel - routes, airlines, tourism and airports. It's a fun, and hard to find, mix of aviation business and travel.

The Dirtbag Diaries

For those interested in adventure and the outdoors, I highly, highly recommend The Dirtbag Diaries. This professionally produced show features stories, mostly set in the US, focused around rock climbing, camping, kayaking, hiking, vanlife, and other outdoorsy topics. You get some really great storytelling on this podcast.

To The Best Of Our Knowledge

One specific airport podcast episode I'd really recommend is To The Best Of Our Knowledge's show on Airports that they did a while back. Alain de Botton, author of A Week at the Airport, and Christopher Schaberg, who wrote The Textual Life of Airports, were amongst the guests on that show.

The Terminal and The Travelers

Finally, I have a couple recommendations for podcasts that seem to be either on hiatus or stopped altogether. The short-lived aviation podcast, The Terminal, centered on airport management and it might be worth going through the archives to see if a subject catches your eye. And, the stellar podcast, The Travelers, has an interview-based format and I'm always in a great headspace after listening to it. Alas, it only comes out with new episodes sporadically these days.

Airport Departure Board Linocut Underway

Those of you who have followed my work for a while know that I've always been a little obsessed with airports and travel. For instance, I did this world airport map reduction linocut print a few years back. This new lino print is a passion project of mine that I've been thinking about for many years. There's something about looking up at the departure board at airports all over the world that captures my imagination. The departure sign print will be made with three lino blocks - layers of yellow, gray and black. Right now I'm carefully carving the letters and numbers making up the flight numbers, times, destinations, gates and statuses. The basic Speedball linoleum cutter with its smallest "V" gouge is coming in handy for this stage.

Early stages of a new airport departure sign linocut print.

Early stages of a new airport departure sign linocut print.