I have been working on a two block Linocut that, based on the proofs I have pulled, needs a lot more work. The problem with reduction prints is that sometimes, the correction you want to do can't be done because that part of the linoleum has already been cut away.
I found another website that an artist has put on the Internet that I really like. Again, very loose watercolor technique that I find so pure. I always strive for detail when just the opposite is so much fun to view. Cameras were invented for detail, painting should allow for imagination!
A long time friend of mine just went through the bad part of having a pet. You enjoy their love and attention for so many years only to suffer losing them to age. In that final stage it's hard to remember all the joy that they brought into your life. When Teri and I lost our last dog, a fantastic Springer Spaniel, we decided that would be the last. Didn't work out that way though. My son got an Akita that immediately belonged to all of us. Once more the cycle! This is one of the paintings I did to remember him.
I'm trying to spend an hour each evening working on small sheets of watercolor paper. Simple practice techniques. Different brushes, water bottle sprays, washes and lifting. Watercolor is a definite challenge for me.
I am constantly amazed that I can paint with acrylics and end up with something that resembles what I started out to do. When I try watercolors (which shouldn't be that much different) I end up with mud. These are two of my older acrylic paintings. Both results are close to what I was trying to do!
I have decided that my paining technique needs to move in a different direction. As I look at things that I have done in the past I can see that little is left to ones imagination. I work way too hard at trying to capture every detail of my subject. Comparing my painting (acrylic) called 'Time' to a painting by Rebecca Elfast, a loose watercolor, it's easy to see that hers is so much more fun!
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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