Filed under: Drawing, Fleeting thoughts... | Tags: baraka, drawing, Ink, tools
No…I have no reason for my “woot woot-ing.” I also have no reason for this post, but I’m not getting bogged down in a search for interesting content. I’m just going to wing it. Notice, there is no “unsubscribe” button on the left. Hopefully, this post won’t make you wish that there was!
Actually, one reason for a “woot woot” is that the filmmaker, Ron Fricke, who did “Baraka” has a NEW film. CHECK. IT. OUT.:
Did you watch the trailer? Doesn’t it look AMAZING???? “Baraka” is also an amazing film. It does make you marvel at how limited one’s world is…unless you’re Ron Fricke, of course. When I need international exposure…I head over to Trader Joe’s. You know, frozen vegetable masala patties…dried seaweed…frozen veggie gyoza. Hmm. He’s probably never even heard of Trader Joe’s.
I think that I’ll go have a wasabi pea…
(Do you think that people in non-Western cultures go “woot woot!” like we do? Probably not.)
Speaking of non-Western cultures…I wish that I could go see this show at the Asia Society in NYC. Has anyone seen it? It is the ridiculously stunning ink paintings of Wu Guanzhong. Here is one of his works:
I loved that painting…and THEN I saw the title. SO brilliant, right???? Look at those sinuous brushstrokes!!! Look at the seemingly haphazard splotches!!! Lovely. Don’t you think that this is amazing? (btw…you must agree with me.)
So, I finished another drawing in my new series. Here it is:
I’ve “pixelated” the hammer. See:
I like where this is going…so I’m going to keep on this series for a bit. Actually, I have to take a slight detour, as I need at least three more drawings from my last series for the Towne Gallery show is October. STRESS! I’m trying to decide if I draw a tool that I’ve already done before…or, get a new tool? The challenge, of course, is finding a tool that I like the “look” of. Suggestions? Like one of these?:
But not this:
Does this count as a tool?:
Sort, of right? Actually, here’s a tool that I like:
No, seriously…send me tool suggestions to draw. You’ll spare me an embarrassing trip to Home Depot where I refuse assistance because I’m shopping based on appearance only. No, I don’t care if it’s rechargable, has extra drill bits, a lifetime warranty, or an adjustable handle. I ONLY care if it will look INTERESTING with a mangled pear.
These wasabi peas are making me thirsty…
(Seinfeld reference…anyone? Bueller?)
Filed under: painting, printmaking | Tags: Acrylic paint, art, artist, gelatin printing, gouache, Ink, Paint, painting, portrait, print, printmaking
I spent the morning doing some gelatin printing. I’m not sure that I’m a huge fan of this type of printing. I was also testing out different inks and paints to see which worked best. I think that the Akua inks worked well, as they don’t dry until they are on paper. The acrylic paint and the speedball ink were both just so-so. The only problem with the Akua ink is that it does take an eternity to dry. I’ll probably still be wiping blue off of my hands every time I pick up one of these prints. Here’s one of the first ones:
Eh…feh…blech…some interesting aspects to it. I like how the silver ink turned out in the lower left corner. Next:
Also kind of interesting. These are printed on some very thin mystery Asian paper that I have. The art store in Cambridge had rolls of random paper for sale…10 sheets for $5. What a bargain! So, this is why I don’t know what the paper is. Next:
I experimented with a stencil a little. That’s where the leaf shape comes from. Next:
I liked the random stamped lines in the lower left area. Next:
I like the greenish yellowish color with the greenish blue color. Any comments? Does anyone out there also do gelatin printing? What inks do you like to use? Do you have any pointers for me?
Last night, I kept myself up doing a gouache painting. Okay…It was VERY frustrating. I have seriously debated showing this at all, as it looks bizarre…but here it goes:
See how small I made the picture? Maybe it’s still too big. Anyway, I know that this looks really weird. He looks like he has a skin condition. DRAMATIC SIGH. I painted this based on a photo. Hmm…while I like the challenge of painting or drawing people…it also is rather daunting. I’m going to need A LOT more practice before I start doing this on the streets of New York…
I am the monitor for the print studio in Cambridge on Friday. As a result, I’ve needed to come up with what I’m going to do during that time. So, I have tried a little experiment. I painted gouache onto two 8″ x 10″ sheets of plexi. I’m going to see if they print onto damp paper. Here’s the first plate:
Kind of fun. The bubblegum pink is a bit much, but I’ll see how it prints. Here is the other one:
These are really an experiment. I hope that they print. If they don’t, I’m going to be disappointed.
So, where am I going with all of this? Who knows. I’m going in every direction at the same time. Let’s hope that some of this eventually leads somewhere!
I’ve got some new prints. I’m working LONG on Japanese paper. I also did full bleed prints, which I like because you can be more loose about where the paper sits on the plate.
Yes, it’s another grey day outside, with not much light. Also, it was starting to rain as I took that photo, so I didn’t try to do a better job getting all of the sides to appear parallel. (details…details…) This one was somewhat successful. I wonder, though, if in the end…it’s just too much. Thoughts? Detail:
Yes, perhaps a bit much.
The next print was going along pretty well…but then I printed some orange marks (the big loops in the middle), which I didn’t like the look of afterward. I was trying to decide if this one is “done”. I probably should consider it done, lest it gets “too much”, like the previous print. My mother would say, “clarty”.
On the subject of moms…not only is it Mother’s Day on Sunday…but it’s also my mom’s birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mom! She recently gave me a couple of photos of me when I was little. Does Photoshop have a “cute” filter? I thought not. Oh well. Look at the drool! Ech!
See that dazed expression? I still do that. Often. At least the drooling has stopped. Look at the double chin! That’s gone too, thankfully.
Now, check out these gams!
Yes…my legs haven’t improved much either. Sheesh. At least I’ve given up on all white outfits…and frills. No frills.
Happy Mom’s day to all! My son naturally asked when it was “children’s day”. I told him that it was his birthday. I’m sure that he felt gypped. Not to worry…he’s always scheming ways to get Grandma to buy him something. She’s like putty in his tiny hand…
Filed under: printmaking | Tags: art, artist, carborundum, collagraph, drypoint, Ink, print, printmaking, Relief print, visual art
This has been a blah week, work-wise. Most of what I’ve done, I’m not thrilled with. Last night, I had my carborundum collagraph class. I was NOT pleased with how things were turning out. Here is the result:
*insert big sigh here*
I’m NOT happy with that at all. It’s just a mess.
I made another tiny plate. I kind of like these tiny plates. This one is just 2″x3″. That’s a bit bigger than my other tiny plates, but still small. My first printing was over wiped:
So, I left more ink on it this time, and it was much better:
In general, I like these kind of plates, because I can work on them at home. I’m not very good at working in a busy studio. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but if I have to try to concentrate and think…then I need to be alone with time and space. So, if I prepare a decent looking plate in peace and quiet, I can be productive in the studio with printing. But if I don’t prepare, and try to work in the studio…I can’t do it well. I know that I have to work on this a bit, but it does made me feel pretty deflated at times. Like, right now.
I’m also working on a lino print. Here’s a little preview picture:
I’m happier with these, as they are very “graphic” and “punchy”.
I know…why so blue? Well, I wasn’t thrilled with this week’s output. At least there was some experimentation, with the woodblocks and trace monotypes.
So, back to the drawing board…*SIGH*
[UPDATE: I’ve decided to throw in a trace monotype at the last minute…here it is below…definitely a work in progress…]