Modern Ranch Revisited

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“Town & Country” – Modern Phoenix Architect Ralph Haver inspired print.

Backstory

The past few years I have noticed modern Scottsdale architecture. A distinct lack of traditional architecture exists where I live in favor of what they call “post war ranch” homes. At first glance these ranches all run together into a single homogenous concrete block with a gable roof. But I started to notice details in my neighborhood while riding my bike and got turned on to the Modern Phoenix organization spearheaded by Alison King. The site has helped me identify those interesting churches, weirdo raised-ranch homes and concrete block details in my neighborhood. If you enjoy valley architecture I urge you to check it out.

Ralph Haver was the first architect I noticed because of his decorative concrete block patterns.

This square in square “Haver Block” pattern is what i first noticed but many configurations exist.

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Surprisingly it wasn’t available at Home Depot in Warm Harvest Gold (read thinly veiled sarcasm). I’ve managed to reclaim blocks and build a few decorative walls like this one here.

In that spirit I set out to make a monoscreen print series of the architects whose work I enjoy…

Town & Country

Modern Phoenix Architect Ralph Haver inspired print. 5-Pull. series of 7.

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$245

4 Prints in this series are now available for purchase. Each print is sketched, illustrated, hand stenciled and handprinted through the monoscreen process. Truly unique.

22×30 on Stonehenge archival paper.
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Town & Country detail: Soft hazy sky reflects in the windows. Warm sandy walls.

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Paradise Gardens

Modern Phoenix Architect Alfred Beadle inspired print. 5-Pull. Series of 8.

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$245

4 Prints in this series are currently available for purchase. Each print designed, illustrated, hand stenciled and handprinted through the monoscreen process. Truly unique.

22×30 on Stonehenge archival paper.
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pumped up contrast and layered brown inks.

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Ocotillo detail

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Process Photos

Some layers of the process have skipped ’cause it’s awfully hard taking pictures of your own printmaking while working on it.

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Layer 2: Sky and dark shading

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Layer 3: Medium brown third layer. still no landscaping to speak of.

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Layer 4 Stencil: landscaping and structural details.

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Beadle Process Photos

Once again some layers of the process have skipped ’cause it’s awfully hard taking pictures of your own printmaking while working on it.

Layer 2: Transparent white will be laid down for a subtle effect.

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Layer 3 Stencil: Main structure in Cinnamon.

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Layer 5. Black Brown goes over the top here, i did a reverse for the Haver and hit dark layer first.

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I had a great making these. the long stencil process paid off in a flurry of monoscreen activity.

I double checked my terminology and reference on the Scottsdale.gov website.

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3 Responses to “Modern Ranch Revisited”

  1. I am a realtor in Phoenix and every time I come across one of the magnificent homes I have to stop and take a picture. I know I will own one of these one day. They have such classic lines and fit the landscape better than any other home here in the desert. Your art is amazing. I would also like to own some of it as well. Thanks for creating such beauty.

    Thomas

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