State of the Art

I felt a need to follow up since my last post had me stuck in the malaise of procrastination. I pulled myself up and I finished the layouts for the Round Robin book I had on my work table.

With little time to spare, I completed two layouts– one based on the final scene in Monsters, Inc. and the other depicting two scenes from the Wizard of Oz. These were for Lorena’s book which is themed on “Portals.”

For more information on Round Robins, see Altered Book Round Robins post.

I had more issues in working with these layouts, and was sort of less than satisfied with the results. This is probably common to creative types. Yet, it was satisfying to put it in the post and be done with it.

The creative process is such an winding, turning, twisting struggle. Even something simple takes a great deal of thought and planning. Trying to get something to come out how you envision it, is not simple a matter of tossing paint around. Even when you are tossing paint around.

Then, I spent a Saturday doing Gelli printing. I wanted to create a series of prints that were related in theme, or design, or color story. I tried some liquid Golden colors and used glazing medium to increase the transparency of the layers. So now, I now have a series of prints putting together on a panel. (Photos to come.)

I like how they work together, color palettes, strength of dark hues playing off lighter transparent colors.

After I put the panel together, I want to make some more. I am back from travel, so I can get back to making some more prints. Maybe inspired by the travel.

On the plane, I was reading American Craft Council magazine. And I was engaged in this essay about how the art world might try a more non-hierarchical, encouraging art perspective. Worth a read.

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