|"Singing Them Home" printing ink on Yupo 2015|
Sunday, November 29, 2015
After much struggle, I think I've captured Peggy and I did it by placing the Yupo over a photograph and tracing the outlines of the features.
|"And Then He Said" printing ink on Yupo 2015|
|"Nearly Like" printing ink on Yupo 2015|
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I have had trouble making art for a long time. It started when my parents died within 3 month of each other, my mother in October 2007 and my dad in January 2008. In 2010 we found out my aunt was having trouble physically and cognitively which led to my brother and me applying to be her guardians.
Except for some public art, I pretty much stopped painting. I sketched sometimes, wrote, and played with illustration but I didn't paint. I'm not sure why I stopped. I blamed it on being too busy, too tired, having an out-of-control studio. I also developed severe anxiety about many things. After doing everything that needed to be done, I just wanted to read or watch TV.
|"Cocktails" printing ink on Yupo 2015|
I also don't know why I am working again. It probably was a variety of reasons. I have been meeting with the Portrait group weekly for a year. In September my aunt died. Both my cat and dog are elderly and have developed chronic diseases; they won't be here as long as I expected.
|Once Upon a Time printing ink on Yupo 2015|
My role as caregiver is drawing to an end. Things are in flux. Something has shifted and I am painting and printmaking. It feels strange but good, like finding my way back to where I used to live after a long journey away.
Monday, October 26, 2015
My background is in printmaking. That is what I majored in in undergraduate and graduate school. I left it behind after school due to the cost and toxicity of materials. Now that there are safer options and water-based products, I've been wanting to try block printing. I actually have the cutter somewhere in the basement. Of course, it is buried under something. So what did I do? I bought more! And I got some little flexible blocks. (I also have those in the underneath)
The Speedball blades seem sharp enough but the Speedball Speedy Cut blocks are a mess. They shred as you cut them and if you try to brush the shreds off, you make more. In doing some internet research, I found that the best soft blocks were made by Staedtler Mars but are not longer available. In addition to the hated Speedy Cut, Speedball makes Speedy Carve which is supposed to be pretty good.
I found it hard to visualize what I should cut away and cut more than I needed to. Still, I am pleased with how the bee turned out. I may modify it a bit more if I can bear to work with that block again. Or I may just go buy Speedy Carve tomorrow. And some printing paper (of which there is also some down there).
Labels: block printing
Friday, October 23, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
After dropping my son off at the airport for a year in Guam, I was feeling a bit melancholy so decided to visit the piano once more. Since it was the next to last day of the exhibit why not visit all the pianos? Why not, indeed. Armed with the city map, I tracked them all down.
|Harlequin' pig nose ripped off|
And poor Columbine's cat mask was completely gone.
|Comments? Yes. Don't tape signs onto artwork.|
This was no where near as bad as the damage done to Yasuyo Dunnett's lovely piano. It was destroyed by somebody behaving very badly.
|Good Day, Sunshine Yasuyo Dunnett|
|rendered completely unplayable|
The other pianos were in better shape.
|Slug Fest Karien Balluff|
|Wonderland Heather Carr|
|Land Free, Home Brave Jennifer Carroll|
|Great Balls of Fire Mike Eggers|
|Ensemble Elise Koncsek|
|NW Melodies Marsha Lippert|
|Lounge Lizards Carol Meckling|
|Florabunda Maria Mondloch|
It looked like the squirrels had started to peel paper off the bench.
|Read and Red Natalie Overby|
|Backyard Birds Susan Pope|
|Sealife Susan Pope|
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Someday, I will blog along in real time as I am doing a project. I had hoped to do so with the piano but after crawling around painting in odd corners I just collapsed on the couch and watched home renovations shows. If you want to see the evolution of the project from start to finish with details go here.
At the Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Ave. NW
until September 15, 2015