slightly wonky


Paint it black…CCAE print show
May 6, 2011, 3:00 pm
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So, yesterday was an interesting class with Christiane.  I showed her my two, long prints.  She helped me to improve them by giving them some focus.  She felt (and I agree), that they were too busy.  So, I reworked one of them…and painted it black!

Is it even recognizable as one of the prints from my previous post?  I am much happier with it, even though I had to obliterate most of the print.  But, we saved the good part, and got rid of the rest. 

Then, this morning…I did another one.  I think that this also has some potential:

It was hard to photograph these, as it’s a bit breezy…and they kept floating away.  I’m relatively happy with this one too.  The yellow bothers me a little… 

Here’s a detail:

This idea of obscuring part of the print is so interesting to me.  Not something that I had really thought of before.  It’s kind of like an eraser for printmaking…a good solution for my rather busy prints.  I’m going to keep this technique in my back pocket…

  Here they are together (inside…because of the wind…)

I had originally thought of them as horizontal, but now I like the vertical orientation.  Comments?  Love the black?  Hate the black?

There is a print show featuring Selma Bromberg at the Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, where she teaches.   This is my printmaking teacher.  In addition to showcasing her lovely work, there is also a part of the show that is student work.  Please come see it!

The reception and raffle for one of her prints is tonight.  Unfortunately…I can’t make it.  BUT…I have a print up at this show!  You can see all of the prints on this website.  I know…the only qualification I needed was to be/have been a student of hers.  But still!  I now have two print shows on my wafer thin resume!  This is the print that is up:

This is not a recent print, but one done at CCAE earlier this year.  I like it!  I like the layers, textures and colors…

Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday…Happy Birthday, John!  I hope that you’ve been wanting prints for your birthday…’cause I’ve got lots!  (JUST kidding) 😛

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End of semester!

It’s the end of winter semester!  Boo hoo!  Last night, I had my final class with a wonderful group of women.  We all have different backgrounds (artist, art journalist, photographer, etc.), but we were all there as beginner printmakers.  I will miss them…the running commentary…the oohs when a print was first peeled off of the press…the jokes about our shoddy skills.  For you local people, Somerville Open Studios is coming up in a month, and one of my classmates will have her work on display then…I hope that I can go and see it!  I wonder if she’ll include any of the prints that she made…I’ll give more details when it gets closer to the date.

Here are the prints from last night.  I was working again with viscosity monotypes, as shown in the first two prints.  But I also incorporated a carborundum plate into the mix, as shown in the third and fourth prints:

That was just one pass through the press…I liked how it turned out.

This one went through the press a few times:

The carborundum element in this next print are the lavender brushmarks.  So, I printed that lavender carborundum plate on top of a monotype (thus creating a monoprint):

In this print, the dark purple areas are from a separate carborundum plate:

You’ll see this plate again in some of the following plates. 

My teacher last night looked over my bevvy of prints, and tried to give me a little critique on a direction that I might pursue (as I am fairly all over the map, as you may have noticed).  She noted that I typically either use a very linear/drawn/crisp language or a swirly/organic language.  Why not combine them?  Well…okay!  I think that this may sound obvious, but if you see others’ work in the class, then you’d see how different all of our work was.  I also felt that this was kind of a true assessment of me as a person…my left brain and right brain are fairly evenly balanced.  I’m not saying that either half is brilliant, not so…but I think the balanced relationship between the two has been true for me.  As an example, I got nearly identical scores in the SATs/GREs between my math and verbal  (umm…not a perfect 800 on both, sheesh).  So…instead of trying to be either one or the other, I’ll try to combine them.  This is kind of hard, as I don’t really shift well between the two.  But, I guess that’s part of the challenge.

Here are my prints from today.  Again, I started with a monoprint:

Then, I started to layer in the carborundum plate:

and again:

And then, my printmaking teacher wanted to see the carborundum plate by itself.  I think that she didn’t like all of my colorful craziness.  So, here is the plate the first time…I didn’t do a good job wiping it:

Here is the second time that I inked and printed it:

See the difference?  Then, here is the ghost of this print:

She really liked these.  Hmmm!  Shows how little I know!  I thought that perhaps they were too simple.  Next time, she wants me to layer in a very thin transparent layer…nothing too crazy, as I was doing above.  She said that the previous ones were “just experiments”, and “now you need to focus.”  Hmmm!  I take it that she is not keen on the crazier ones.  Well, good to know…less is more, perhaps!  Any comments/suggestions????  Random thoughts?  Artists that I should take a look at? 🙂




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