I have been working on focusing my work. As all creative types do, I like to try this and that. Dabble in this, buy supplies for that. Taking classes in random things. While this is quite fun and energizing, I realized it is not getting me where I want to be. I want to produce a body of work, and that means a bunch of output that is connected and cohesive.
I selected printmaking as a focus this year. I have been doing lots of mixed media this past year, 2015, and I have photos to share. But I thought for the New Year, I would share these two that make me quite happy.
One expansion in my printmaking is adding lines, squiggles, dots and so on, after the print is dry. I think the extra lines and marks add depth and a finish.
Meetups are great ways to connect with people with similar interests. In my area, there’a a meetup group called Creative Collective of Mercer County that I’ve joined.
The point of the Creative Collective is to get together and share artwork, in progress or completed, as well as increase opportunities for shows and exhibits. So far, I’ve gone to a couple of “Art Shares,” and to the meetup about Copyright and Artwork (or also known as ArtLaw 101).
The people are friendly and helpful and encouraging of each other. It seems like we have a person new to the group each time! We pass around or display a piece and talk about it. It’s wonderful to see the variety of interests – watercolor, oils, acrylics, landscape, still life, photography, jewelry, glass, tiles, mosaics, and even birdhouses and furniture. I have seen some really interesting works and met some talented visual artists.
Last night, I shared Gelli Prints that I thought were “good enough” to stand on their own, rather than be incorporated into a collage… I am sharing below the one everyone seemed to like. It’s an exploration of neutrals and layering that I really like.
Monoprinting, which is a type of print method where the image is only made once unlike other print methods where multiple originals are created, has opened up my eyes to the wonder of print making. These one of a kind images can be done in all colors, sizes, and methods.
especially like the ones that show the painterly evidence of brush stroke, or human hand which made “marks” in some way. These can show the energy and motion of the artist. Continue reading Gallery of Gellis