As soon as we returned home from Holiday travel to visit daughter and family I leapt into action in the studio barely taking time to turn up the heat and turn on the lights. I ripped the sketchbook apart (it was stapled in two places, so not a difficult job) and proceeded to ink an 18" x 24" plexi plate, add some textures and throw down pages 4 at a whack and run them through the press - turn them over and run them back through, add more ink, 4 more pages, etc. until I had all the pages hanging on a drying line. I used AKUA monotype inks and fortunately they were dry in two or three days. As soon as they were dry they progressed to the sewing machine and were put back together almost as they had arrived. (Next time I will number them - it would be much easier!) Next came images with technical pens, gouache, color pencils, basically anything able to make a mark was employed.
First we have the cover. Not terribly eye catching, but the title is there: Expectations, Great and an
A little more interest and a hint of what's to come - could it be a rabbit in a hat? Wouldn't you think a so-called creative person could come with something original? sigh It turned out that the creative part came from finding somewhat appropriate text to aid my visual story...
A couple of sample pages
and a couple more...
- Stay tuned to the link for the whole book - or better yet! Watch for the exhibition to come to your locality where you can check it out - literally. The exhibitions are interactive and treated as a library. You can "check out" 3 to 5 books and sit at a table and take your time looking through them. The last time they came to Portland they were in the Ace Hotel across the street from Powell's Bookstore.
- So, I am fairly reeling at the fact that I have actually finished this early and it will arrive on time. But, I can't reel too long because next up is a portrait for a show opening Feb. 1. Today a small canvas and some oil paints actually came out and were smeared around a bit. Onward and Upward!