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Keeping Portsmouth Funky by chicolet Keeping Portsmouth Funky by chicolet
This is a 11 color reduction woodcut of The friendly Toast is for sale at WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/CHICKFAMILYINK . The Toast is a popular eatery in Portsmouth New Hampshire that is known for its eclectic and funky decor, fantastic food, huge portions and surly tattooed wait staff. You are guaranteed a strong cup of coffee and a long wait to enjoy the loud rockabilly or punk music (it depends on the cook that day) This place is totally worth the visit to Portsmouth. The Toast was just recently lauded as one of the top four breakfast joints in the US by Good Morning America of ABC television.
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Woodcut reductions are difficult. I've done one, three reductions, I wanted to throw it through a window with frustration. This is eleven. ELEVEN. And look at the detail! Keeping Portsmouth Funky by ~chicolet is a work of skill, precision and patience I am staggered by. And the colour scheme is gorgeous! ( Suggested by laurart and Featured by Mollinda )
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crackedbells Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Student
love the athmosphere on this one!
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
YES! Love the friendly toast :heart: I go there like once a week for dinner :) Love portsmouth as well :) 
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thayseoteclado Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is AWESOME AWESOME !!
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jakenlipton Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me want to do something that ridiculously time consuming because it is so rad looking. This is great in all the technical ways that come to mind. I hope the "Friendly Toast" bought one of these from you.
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draweverywhere Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful Piece! Solid wood cut technique!
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Rhylin87 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Man, i gotta say, i really love this.
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chicolet Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers
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littlewing09 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
the friendly toast, I know where that is!!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love that place
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tcstudios Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
To have the patience and skill to print an 11 color reduction is something rarely found. Beautiful work. Bravo!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Patience definitely plays a part.
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OrchidSkye Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work!! I love this place :)
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chicolet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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chicolet Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This print was purchased by the set decorator for the television show Prime Suspect on NBC for the apartment of the main character. Yehaw Me!
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guptillc Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
wow 11 colors!! My first (and only, to date) reduction block was only 5 colors and an edition of 9 - far fewer pulls than this!!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, your print looks wonderful.
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guptillc Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This print was just purchased by the set designer for the new NBC drama Prime Suspect to be used on the set of the main character's apartment. Watch for it this fall.
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Vanadaion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an awesome print, and must have been a serious effort, the detail is amazing! The most pulls I've ever attempted to try on a single print is eight, so color me impressed!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
the secret is letting your colors dry between. thanks for the compliment.
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Charcoal-inthe-Rough Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
This is mad beautiful
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chicolet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers!
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orange-peel-eater Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I love the Friendly Toast, but you sure are right about the long wait and the surly waitstaff. :)
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chicolet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What keeps you in Japan? I think you might need one of my prints hanging on your wall over there. Did you check out my Etsy shop? www.chickfamilyink.esty.com

Maybe we can work a trade.
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orange-peel-eater Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
I'm teaching English. But after three years I'm finally moving back to the States this summer. I'll check out your site. While I don't need anything out here as I'm already loosing my mind trying to figure out shipping stuff back, something for my walls once home might be nice. :)
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simengt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student General Artist
AWESOME WORK!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers
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13Mirror Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Featured this lovely work in my journal here: [link]
Thank you for keeping me inspired!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers
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13Mirror Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:D
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Also thanks to this DD, The Friendly Toast is now popular with the internet.
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
what do you mean by that?
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I don't know about other folks, but looking at this sure makes me want to go check out the place.
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks. the food is fab!
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TomOliverArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is great!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers!
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thesearemembers Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD!~
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chicolet Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I was thrilled.
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agoatshead Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
delicious
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chicolet Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
and the actual restaurant is even more delicious.
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agoatshead Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
oh i know this well enough
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chicolet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish they would stop raising their prices but Portsmouth is a tough town to do funky business in. Before you know it, our fair city will be only Starbucks and condos if we aren't careful and vigilant. I understand that the Cambridge Toast is pretty good also, hopefully it will catch on and provide a boost to the collective income of the Toast and the prices will level out.
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agoatshead Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
true, i've noticed this too. condo's are like a cancer for portsmouth.
i intend to do what i can as a consumer to maintain the diversity
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chicolet Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen sistah! Have you checked out the ODD Showroom? Amity makes a lot of what she sells in there. Her partner is pretty rad.
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XimonR Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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zombieskap13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i am IMPRESSED by the level of detail. it really looks like the store. i like that the blue and the iron oxide mix, making a neat grey. i also love the lettering for "friendly toast".
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KaterinaKapa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Featured on my news article here: [link]
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grungepuppy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
WOAH, that is one seriously awesome reduction print. jeez loueez, i struggle with a three color reduction. bravo for the skill and patience to my it look this spectacular!
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chicolet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
THank you, keep at it and my suggestion is to let the colors dry between printings. Having a good registration system helps a lot as well.
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