I am ecstatic to share my print for the Phish New Year’s Run at Madison Square Garden in NYC! This print is 12×18, printed on 100lb glossy cover paper. Prints are signed and limited to an edition of 200. Inspired by the New Yorker magazine, I sought to capture the sights outside MSG during the new year’s runs, often firsthand! I also included over 30 song references throughout the print. This print was comprised of over a dozen small gouache paintings, which were then scanned and digitally arranged.
The print is directly inspired by the May 25th, 1940 cover of the New Yorker, painted by Joseph Low, who created many covers from 1940-1980. While I did not initially plan to do a New Yorker cover, it was Low’s style for this painting that spoke to me. It felt familiar, but I knew I hadn’t seen this image before. I saw the possibilities of creating song references in this style, and went for it!
My biggest challenge in creating the painting was the lack of outlines. I’m fond of using outlines in my work, so this required rethinking my process. I would sketch up an image, darken the lines, and place it on a light table. I then placed a watercolor paper on top of it and would paint an image without lines! As I became familiar with Low’s style, I began painting without sketching first, and my painting started to get smaller. It felt very natural, and while researching more of Joseph Low’s work, I suddenly knew why.
I first came across the October 22nd, 1942 cover some time in elementary school. It may have been an issue of Scholastic Arts magazine or a framed cover in the library, but it was an image ingrained in my brain. I remember trying to replicate the style with markers, but never quite got it. I eventually moved on to other things, but that cover really stuck with me. Who would’ve thought I would rediscover these covers years later!
So, the reaction to my print was mind-blowing! I posted a picture of it when I got my test prints and was bombarded about how to get one. I decided to do a preorder of 50 prints which sold out instantly! My general on sale sold out within hours, so at the moment it is not available in my shop. I will have the remaining prints in the edition available at the PhanArt show at the Stewart Hotel on 12/30 during the New Years Run. I will have a small amount of Artist and Test proofs in my shop in early January. I will also have a surprise print that will be only available at PhanArt!
My final block print of 2019, created for Phish’s NYE run. The 14th in my yearlong series inspired by the work of Albrecht Dürer. This print was inspired by part of “The Tapestry of Michelfeld” (date ND) and includes several birds found in Phish songs, as well as Trey’s dog Marley. As I researched the image, I found it interesting that it was actually based off a tapestry made about a 100 years prior, this being a recreation of it. Prints are currently available in my shop.
It’s been quite a year working on all these block prints! I didn’t expect that it would take nearly all my free time, but it was a fun experience. For those asking, yes there will be a Dick’s Run linocut, hopefully before the end of the month. I had opted to not make one at the time, mainly since I was back at school teaching, and had too many other things on my plate.
As for what 2020 brings, I’m still not sure. A new year will bring a new theme and possible medium for my Phish prints, although I see myself going back to printmaking for some song illustrations or Grateful Dead inspired work.
 Phish debut.
 With lyrics changed to Ass Handed.
 Fish changed the “waste the day” lyric to “Guy Forget.”
This show was webcast via Live Phish and featured the debut of Evening Song and the Phish debut of 20-20 Vision. Trey teased Shade in Ghost. Dog Faced Boy was performed for the first time since October 24, 2016 (114 shows). Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S. contained Martian Monster quotes. Set Your Soul Free included an On Broadway jam. Trey teased and quoted Set Your Soul Free in Gotta Jibboo. Trey and Fish quoted Guy Forget at the end of Drowned. Chalk Dust Torture Reprise was played with Ass Handed lyrics and contained Guy Forget quotes. In Character Zero, Fish changed the “waste the day” lyric to “Guy Forget.”
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Beauty of a Broken Heart was played for the first time since December 29, 2016 (103 shows). My Friend My My Friend didn’t contain the “Myfe” ending. While My Guitar Gently Weeps was played for the first time since October 23, 2013 (234 shows). Trey teased No Men In No Man’s Land in Back on the Train. Trey teased If I Only Had a Brain in Bathtub Gin.
This show was webcast via LivePhish. The Ballad of Curtis Loew was played for the first time since October 16, 2016 (121 shows). The first Tweezer ended with a Let’s Go Blue jam and was followed by banter in which Trey talked about being repeatedly hit in the head with a pan and screaming on December 30, 1994 (the night of Phish’s first show at Madison Square Garden. This story was accompanied by sound effects by Fish and Page.
 Phish debut; with lyrics changed to “Send in the clones” and performed a cappella.
 Debut; only Trey.
Axilla featured the Axilla II ending and was followed by banter from all four band members continuing the pan story from the previous night’s show and ending with a mention of pan flute extraordinaire Zamfir. Richard Glasgow (a.k.a. Dickie Scotland) then came onstage appearing as Zamfir, holding both a pan flute and a pan. The third set opened with the Phish debut of Send in the Clowns, sung a cappella and with lyrics changed to Send in the Clones. For First Tube through Tweezer Reprise, each band member performed on separate moving platforms hoisted above the stage as dancers dressed as their clones performed onstage and provided additional vocals throughout the set and encore. Trey’s platform became stuck for the majority of the set and he had to be rescued after Tweezer Reprise. Given that the band (Trey) could not leave the stage after You Enjoy Myself, there was no encore break and Tweezer Reprise was announced as the start of the encore. Rescue Squad was performed Trey solo (singing and playing Fish’s drum set) while he was waiting to return to the stage.
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Lonesome Cowboy Bill was played for the first time since July 1, 2012 (177 shows). Corinna was played for the first time since August 8, 2012 (170 shows). Page teased The Little Drummer Boy in Golden Age. Trey teased The Line in Simple. The Tweezer Reprise Jam’s lyrics were changed to “Your trip is short.” Trey teased Tweezer Reprise at the end of the return to Martian Monster.
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Sweet Adeline was last played on Septembet 2, 2011 (200 shows). Peaches en Regalia was last played on August 28, 2012 (164 shows). Secret Smile was last played on July 26, 2013 (141 shows). Trey teased It’s Your Thing in 46 Days and Dave’s Energy Guide in Theme. DWD was unfinished. Trey teased WTU? in Fuego. Kung was last played on December 31, 2012 (156 shows), was performed over Twenty Years Later in the background, and was quoted in the return to Twenty Years Later.
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Carolina was last played on March 1, 2003 (378 shows). My Friend did not contain the “Myfe” ending. Sparks was last played on September 2, 2011 (201 shows). Mike teased Seven Below in Ghost. Party Time was played in unison with the jam out of Light and contained a Stash tease from Trey. Tweezer Reprise contained Martian Monster and Kung quotes.
 Trey on Marimba Lumina. Mike on keys.
 James Casey on saxophone, Natalie Cressman on trombone and vocals, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and vocals, Jeff Tanski on keys, and Andres Forero on percussion.
 James Casey on saxophone, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Jeff Tanski on keys, and Andres Forero on percussion. With recorded cat and dog noises as cat and dog balloons fell from the ceiling.
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Don’t Bogart That Joint was last played on October 31, 2010 (238 shows). Twist contained Low Rider tease. Piper fetaured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike on keys. The third set and encore featured James Casey on saxophone, Natalie Cressman on trombone, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Jeff Tanski on keys, and Andres Forero on percussion with Natalie and Jennifer adding vocals to Petrichor and No Men In No Man’s Land. Petrichor through Suzy featured dancers on stage. During Petrichor the dancers had umbrellas and water marbles fell from above. Auld Lang Syne was accompanied by recorded cat and dog noises as cat and dog balloons and raindrop-shaped stress ball fell from the ceiling.
Grab all four setlists at a discounted price! Or grab a mini-poster set of the run. I know wall space can be limited, so I’m offering mini posters (8.5×11) of the NYE Run. Even though they are half the size, there is no loss in detail, and this allows all the posters to be framed together, or displayed in document sized frames that will use up the space size of 2 regular posters!