Saturday, March 30, 2013

haircut and the fortune cookie

haircut 2013
haircut, journal page

Against my better judgement, I tend to be superstitious. Back in February I had eaten at an asian restaurant and received a fortune cookie. I love opening these little origami-shaped cookies to see what chance I have at a good fortune. However, that particular week offered some challenging questions in my life, and as silly as it may sound, I didn't have the courage to risk opening that little fortune cookie.

I brought it home and it sat on my art table for weeks. At the same time, I started thinking about cutting my hair. It had grown quite long, just like I had hoped, but I was craving change. Perhaps it was more about wanting to have some symbolic control of my life when outside forces were threatening to take away that control.

So I waited and thought about whether or not I really wanted to cut my hair. Then one night as I was getting ready to go to sleep, I studied my long strands of hair and decided: I no longer wanted them. I grabbed my husband's scissors that he uses to cut his beard, and chop ... chop ... gone. It felt good.

The above pencil sketch is based on a vintage photo of a young girl. I then filled in the figure drawing with acrylics and embellished the lower page with leaf shapes from my cork stamps.

This week your expectations are reasonable and should be met.

The day I worked on this journal page, I decided to open that fortune cookie. Based on certain decisions, a sense of hope had come back into my life and I was ready for whatever might come my way. It turned out to be perfect timing for that fortune.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

jumping onto a new art project

linocut work in progress
linocut, la mujer, work in progress

After a short hiatus from art, I am back and am working on my first block print limited edition series, La Mujer.

Using a drawing from several years ago, I reworked it for this linoleum block print. It's really a trick of the mind to see something that isn't there as everything will print in reverse. I did several test prints with tissue paper to see how the cut and uncut areas were coming through until I was satisfied with the image. It was actually hard to stop cutting as it got rather addicting to feel the blade dig into the surface and grove it's way through.

linocut, la mujer
La Mujer, 3 x 4 inches, linoleum block print

For this series, I mixed sumi ink with the gold block printing ink to achieve a dark olive color on the rice paper. These are hand-pulled prints.

I can already tell that this cutting and printing will be addicting and am planning on making a trip to the art store to get more supplies.

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