Friday, November 30, 2007
O Happy Day! I put three pieces into the student art sale and all three have been sold. Wow. I am thrilled. Here's a shot of the print that sold. I can't show you the other print as I am sending another print in the series to a friend and don't want to reveal it here in case he looks at this blog. Do you look at this blog Kelvin? Hmmm.
Now I get to replace my three items with three more. I'm working on that now... and working on getting my stuff together for the Parsifal School sale tomorrow morning. Much to do. Much to do.
This is my last week of school and I am finishing up my final projects. It's also the time of year
when you get a chance to make things for events and fundraisers all across the city. It's hard to fit it all in, but you just do.
This is not the best shot, but you can see one of my submissions to the student Christmas art show and sale which opened last night. My Moose (ceramic in a white shadow box frame) sold before the doors were open to the general viewing public. Yay! Thanks! I also have two prints in the show, a completed woodblock colour reduction and a lino print. It was a challenge to get things ready for the show but I did it and now we just wait and see.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So here's the second week's results of my reduction printing project. I carved away the parts that I wanted to remain the first colour of ink that I printed last week. All those white areas won't print again. Now you know why Picasso called these "suicide prints". It's do or die. There's no going back.
And here are the results at this stage of the process. I love the blue and green one. It reminded me of ads from the 70's.. all those olive green appliances, remember those? And I swear I must have spent time in a room with this very combination of shag carpet. I remember my aunt had gold and orange shag and a special rake to bring the shag up after you'd vacuumed it. What a lot of work for shag...but it did hide a lot of crumbs.
Here's what the block looks like now. Lots of wood is gone. The lettering is almost non-existent, and just the kitty (Kitty X of course) is still intact.
Like I need another passion.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Our 2nd year drawing class was able to show some of our work in the student gallery at school. Drawing is so challenging, so time consuming and so very satisfying when you finally get it right. My drawings are the two in the center done in black conte crayon.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I chose an image to carve and carved out all the areas that would be white, or the colour of the paper I am printing on. Here are four prints from this first block, all one colour prints.
The tools for making a woodblock print are decidely low-tech. See here a wooden spoon and my handheld wood-handled carving set.
Next week I get to carve away areas that will remain the colour I have printed, and the rest of the block will be inked up and I'll print right on top of these prints in a second colour, and a third and a fourth etc until the image feels and looks right.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
So I thought I'd show you something that I made just last week. It feels like a breakthrough for my painting. We'll see what I do next.