One artist's journey through the valley of Printmaking
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A Massive Amount of Work
I've been very quiet for a couple of months - in October and November I was busy getting ready for the Miniature show - who would have guessed that working on a 4" format could be so difficult. After struggling to get myself down to those dimensions I found out the maximum was 5"x7". Oh well, that work is done and off to new homes. But, there was no rest for the weary because Xmas was practically here and I was off to North (freeze your tuche off) Dakota for a wonderful visit with the daughter and son-in-law and the worlds two most gorgeous and intelligent granddaughters. Of course, I caught the obligatory Xmas Airport Cold, but could take no time off to soak in the misery of it. It was back to work immediately because the call for massive work to be ready for the February show wasn't even started, yet. Well, it is finished and hung in the gallery now. My God, what a massive amount of work for one skinny little month. The work is only 5' x 5' and is comprised of 36 nine inch squares. Each "tile" has been printed with a yellow squiggly background, then a misty blue plate, and the circles in gold, and one of six various motif's: compass rose, geometric star, clock face, Celtic knot, Gordian knot, and Fleur de Lis. When those were dry a proverb was printed on each, some machine sewing with a varigated metallic thread (which was a bitch to work with) a little color pencil to highlight. Then they were mounted onto print paper, followed by matboard, coated with a cold wax medium, eyelets and ball chain were attached. I will never do this again - so this is it, kids. A sample of one of the individual squares:
I'll be posting more of the individual images at http//www.barebonesart.com. It was quite a chore hanging this piece, so I may not get to the website until tomorrow - I feel a rest period coming on....