Well, I'm giving it another try. I have yet to figure out why I'm comfortable painting with acrylics, yet struggle so with watercolors. Trying this for a friend of Teri's from a print she liked. I'm making the attempt using the medium that haunts me so. The start doesn't seem terrible!!
A number of years ago I was on vacation and traveling through the New England area. I was lucky enough to visit a large arts and craft fair in Vermont. There I saw, for the very first time, an artist creating prints using the Moku-Hanga technique. The artist was Matt Brown and I have been hooked ever since I watched him weave his magic. His art can be viewed at: http://www.ooloopress.com/gallery/gallerya.html
I now try and have a piece of scratchboard on hand all of the time. When I don't feel like going through the get ready and clean up routine of the print making process, scratchboard is fast and simple.
Big Bear's 'Art on the Lake' art show is just around the corner. I had decided not to participate with a booth this year, but just enjoy the show instead. It has grown each and every year, and always has fantastic artist from all over the western United States. Pretty cool for little old Big Bear!
McClain's art supply had suggested that I send JazzTrax a sample of my artwork for use in some of their promotional materials. JazzTrax promotes the biggest and best Jazz Festivals around the United States. I've gone to a number of their events and must admit that it would be pretty exciting to see one of my pieces there.
I woke up early one morning and could not get back to sleep. Instead of laying in bed, staring up at the ceiling, I went downstairs and tried something new. This is a monoprint I finished in just over an hour. Monoprints are made by painting an image on a sheet of either metal or plastic (in this case, plastic) and then running it through a press with paper. You only get one print (sometimes a second 'ghost' print is possible) thus the name 'Monoprint'.
I studied art many, many years ago, then drifted away from it pursuing a living. Ten years ago, through a love for photography, I revisited my art and creative side.
In this new adventure, I discovered printmaking. Linocuts and woodblock work hold so many surprises for me.
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