dino pots and bird drawings on ceramics) and this is one of those days. Since there's no point in denying that clay has become a second medium for me, I had considered starting a second art blog. Perhaps something that mirrors this one like "Comments on Clay". But then I thought that's dumb. This is my art blog. If I branch out to beyond woodcuts (as I have with posts about monotypes, stone reliefs, and Sketchbook Sunday) then I branch out. "Words On Woodcuts" isn't just a description of the blog. It's also part of my brand as an artist, I suppose.
I recently finished four new pinch pots with drawings on them. I'm told they relate well to my prints, and I think that's true. Certainly in process. Both ceramics and woodcuts involve a certain amount of uncertainty that opens up possibilities for unique expression and "happy accidents" so-to-speak, as they both involve a multi-step process where outcomes are never completely certain. I go into projects with a general outline of an idea, but allow my intuition and the materials themselves to guide the journey to a final outcome that marries expectation with discovery.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
prints from last week of animals that change the color of their coats based on the season and place them in the scenes. I think the results are pretty wonderful.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Nautilus and the Ammonite. I made this watercolor and woodcut collage of the asteroid from the KT Event heading toward earth. It will likely be used as part of a pitch video for the fundraising portion of this project. But honestly, I've been wanting to use that little woodcut of the asteroid in another work since I originally carved it for this double page spread of the book.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
This week in my University City Arts League after school class for K-2nd graders we made prints of animals whose coats change from brown to white in the winter. The kids drew directly on scratch foam and then printed on both brown and white paper. Next week we'll turn these into mixed media pieces with collage. I just love these drawings of a weasel, fox, hares, and caribou printed on the brown paper.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
the black and white version of my Year of the Dog cards, but over last weekend I colored one for fun and decided that I had to color them all. Finished and mailed out the last of them tonight.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
The next print is by 6-year-old Bebe and it is of the Morning Glories we planted and grew last year. I guess she is already longing for spring.
The last drawing is mine - a quick line drawing on Bebe.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
Oil-based ink on 140 lb Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor paper
This is my 4th annual Groundhog Day card. (Sort of - I started in 2014, but skipped 2016.) You can view the previous years' cards here. This is also the first with no text. None necessary in this case, I suppose.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Mary Azarian and found in her 1992 publication of A Country Calendar.