slightly wonky

Sloth-like pace…
March 1, 2011, 4:47 pm
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I’m still working away on my larger linocut.  I am enjoying this much more than the first time.  I may not feel the same way after I try to PRINT this, but at the moment, I am having a better time.  Again, I think that this is because I am using a nicer linoleum than I was before.  Or else, it’s because I’m refreshed after a weekend away.  Yes…I went up to Maine with a bunch of girlfriends SANS ENFANTS!  Ahhh…we had a great time.  It felt great and odd not to have a three-year old leaping all over me.  Naturally, I came home and expected a hug right away, so that previous desire was short lived.  So, here’s the linocut:

I know.  It’s hard to tell what’s going on.  I hope that will improve when I print it.  I also worked on a new drypoint plate.  Here it is:

Yes, this is also hard to see.  So, this post is mostly about my sloth-like pace in making progress.  Things are slow here.  I’m plodding along…the basement workspace is also creeping along…The good news is that we have the building materials we were waiting for in the basement.  The bad news is…well…that it’s all still in boxes.  This is no surprise to me.  I’m not complaining.  I keep hoping that the basement elves will take care of this soon.  Maybe they have some kind of union, and are on strike right now.  Or, maybe they’re hibernating.

So, I have to go to a parking hearing on Thursday.  I dread this.  I received a parking ticket for having my car parked in my driveway.  Apparently, it was interfering with snow removal.  Really?  I didn’t realize that the town was planning on clearing my driveway too.  Lucky me!  If I lose this argument, there really is no justice in this world.  Wish me luck.

I have a hideous print to show.  It’s sort of a cartoonish house.  So awful.  A large part of me wonders WHY I even am going to show this.  I somehow feel compelled to reveal the ugly truth of this printmaking process…some stuff is just plain awful.  Nothing ventured…nothing gained…perhaps my publishing this image is similar to looking at a train wreck…it’s awful, but you can’t help yourself from staring…

Notice how small this image is…not by accident.  It might look better as a postage stamp.  Or, as my son says, “more better”.  I think that this emphasis is valid, when I consider how I’d like this print to shrink down to nothingness.

I missed a printmaking class last week, as my son was sick.  Let’s hope that this doesn’t happen again this week, both for his sake and mine!  I have to play the odds, and produce enough prints that one or two, on occasion, may be okay.  I also have to recover from the aforementioned house print, or else this is going to be both a slow week, and an uninspiring one! (insert sad trombone sound here…)  🙂


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