Artist’s Journey

My Grampa Van Horne was an Artist.  He was a lithographer, photographer, inventor, outdoorsman, craftsman, visual artist and comedian.  He served in WW1, making maps and taking pictures in France and worked for Iowa Lithographing before and after the war.  He, my Grandma and Uncle Bob all lived in a bungalow near the corner of 26th and Woodland in Des Moines.  Many fond memories in that house.  Many fond memories with my Grampa and his cat, Tiger.

I guess I take after him.

It was my First Grade Teacher, Miss Hoffman, who recognized my talent and awarded the school’s only scholarship to me for classes at the Des Moines Art Center.  Having the love and support of family and teachers is crucial to the success of any Artist.  It boosted my self esteem and made me feel special.  I had big dreams and goals, and with their love and support I knew I could achieve them.


Artist’s Journey

Let’s start here …

I had no idea I would find this photo album in an old trunk I only decided to bring on my move because I had a spot to fill.  The story behind this album’s journey is long.  It’s filled with photographs taken over a lifetime and carefully assembled by my Mom after my Dad passed away.  I don’t remember when she gave it to me, or when I put it in the trunk, but here it is at the right time.


Artist’s Journey

As I begin this next phase of my life, I feel it is important to remember where I’ve been and to document my life story in hopes of bringing inspiration, thought and reflection as I once again, move forward in my Artist’s Journey.

I will share photographs and memories here and on Facebook at: Val Van Horne – Artist28516177_1602143873174413_3394615852573271121_o

I invite you all to read along.


Too Many Websites Too Little Time

I’ve been swimming back and forth from one website to another.  Trying to decide which one feels the best.  I started off with Blogger and liked it; however, WordPress has the really cool swimming fishies on it and that’s my moniker.  Fish with me as I migrate all my stuff from Blogger to this site.  It make take a little while with everything I’ve got going on, but I will one day soon have ONE website for all my creativeness sharing (with the exception of a link to Flickr and MAYBE Facebook).



I attended the Grand Opening of the Des Moines Social Club on May 10th.  The Viaduct Gallery had several artists on display including Tiberiu Chelcea, also known as Tibi.  Tibi has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science and his art has a scientific approach.

Calm Waters2012. Woodcut, unlimited edition. 13×20″

His collaborative projects are inspired by the way internet memes start with a simple image (or video, or some other visual unit) then remixed by a lot of people who are spread out geographically. His projects try to capture a diffuse, spread out authorship. The twist though, is the “remixes” are based on an analog image printed from a woodcut — probably the oldest method of producing multiples.

The original image, entitled “Calm Waters”, was part of a print exchange between Platetone Printshop from Nashville, TN and Red Delicious Press from Denver, CO. The image is 13×20″, printed on 15×22″ sheets.

A Piece of Me A Piece of You

In the first phase of his projects, he creates several new versions of the image from the extras from the edition. In the next phase, he invites artists to create new works based on this image.  Tibi invited me to participate in “Ripples” and I gladly accepted his invitation.