I’ve been wanting to do some printing, and since Vanessa Bell, my current artist reference in “100 Self Portraits”, did woodcuts as illustrations for many of her sister Virginia Woolf’s books, I had the perfect excuse. I used one of the prints that I embellished with paint and embroidery for “Straw Hat”, but here’s the original print in two versions with the print from Bell that I used as a reference.
Of course, I can never leave well enough alone. So I painted, embroidered, and collaged on some of the prints I made.
I also have another embroidery idea that I haven’t had time to do yet. It’s on the list.
You can see all of the self-portraits in this series here.
Being totally uninspired I made a grid out of all the colors in my watercolor box. Being somewhat befuddled today I lost track of where I was placing the colors (I was trying to keep them in order of the paintbox) and wound up just putting them where they looked good. I made some color copies of it with some different effects and put them down on a larger piece of paper. This is the closest I’ll ever get to digital art. I am rather pleased with the look of it.
This was the original painted grid. I’m thinking of doing something further, maybe some hieroglyphics over it?
life has been troubled
jaws and sharp teeth
collected in death
An hourglass poem, from Jane Dougherty’s challenge this week.
As usual, I have explanations for both the art and the words.
I was looking for a collage I thought I had started in my “ideas” bin, which is full of things I thought about and did a little bit to start (so I didn’t forget about the idea), with the intent to go back and complete them at some future date. It’s full, needless to say, as I have many more thoughts than I have time to realize them.
I didn’t find the collage, but I found about 15 “Rorschachs” that I’ve been doing for awhile with leftover paint. Most of them need a lot of fleshing out–I was mostly thinking of stitching over them–but this one stood out for me as being complete in itself. Found Art, really, as all I did was drip the leftover colors onto the paper and fold it to see what would happen. Looks like a predator to me…of course, you may see something different…
Since the art was “found”, I constructed the poem in a “found” method I’ve used before. I looked for an article on predators online, pulled out words and phrases I liked, and mashed them together in the syllable sequence Jane suggested. The article I used (“What was Earth’s first predator and when did it live?” by Colin Barras) was quite interesting, so I also learned a bit while I was borrowing words. You can read it here.