Two “low-tech” mat board plate prints on pink proofing paper: now worked in colored pencil & mounted onto 4.5″ squares.
This re-worked print was done with water based ink, so I used watercolor pencils and a wet brush to make some additions and enhancements… the left is the updated print, followed by two digital foil variation.
My current avoidance: my studio is a mess and I really need to clear space on my work surfaces. It may even be time to get rid of some of the wonderful “stuff” that never quite seems to work out in my art projects. Not to mention that fimo clay and pasta maker that I really do not plan to ever use again!
But … when I start to tidy/organize/clean my studio, I quickly run across such tempting incomplete projects that call for my immediate attention!
Here I added a delicate touch of color to a three plate black ink print “Three Flowers” that is from 2015.
Another distraction yesterday & today was to make molds and cast a clay “doodle” made by my partner, Michael.
I like this small sculptural doodle very much, and a friend who visited admired it also. It is a fairly simple shape to mold & cast (vs. the complex and so far intractable problem of casting my oil based clay baby). No idea yet how I will manage that! So for practice and to get quick satisfaction (I hope), I made a construction silicone inner mold with a 2-part plaster mother mold, sealed it with shellac, and just poured lightly tinted plaster just now. Call it casual casting :-)
This was much more fun than clearing the studio, and it will be even more fun to open up the mold tomorrow morning, if I can wait that long…
And now it is 6pm on Friday: half past a beer, and I think we have chips & dip handy, so … that will certainly take care of cleaning for today!
I love that my neighbor lent me his fabulous SIGMA DP2 Merrill camera to take better photos of my art!
I have been scanning mixed media relief work (when small enough) & using my point & shoot camera when I cannot scan in 1 or 2 passes. But relief work scanned tends to look very flat & lackluster, & my camera does not do the artwork justice or have the desired resolution.
But this camera is different/amazing! Even with my poor attempts at decent lighting, the photos make relief work come alive!
Two days “off” from concrete & sculpture = Two days of printmaking. At the very last minute I decided to honor my commitment to produce a set of prints for the Corvidae 2016 Print Exchange. Only 13 prints required this year, 8″ x 10″ or smaller plates, using two passes / two processes (any processes but each artists should use the same two processes for all prints, but the prints need not be identical).
So the printing is done, the prints are almost dry, and now I need to sign, number, and select 13 from the edition of 15 to put in the Exchange.
I was wildly enamored of them at first, now I am at the fault finding stage, and find them sloppy, crude, and inadequate. I think I may like them again tomorrow!
And NOT in the Print Exchange: