Saturday, February 2, 2019

more drapery, owl, little snow leopard and trip to Mass MoCA

A busy few weeks in Artlandia! 

Picking up from last time, the new owl block was complete, and since then I printed it along with the little snow leopard - thumbs up!





















Then continuing the drapery for a life-scale figure, I transferred templates based on a smaller block to a new block.  This will be the third and final block to make up the body of a full scale figure (minus the head and hands which will be carved and printed separately.) I have a press appointment for the middle of February, so time is of the essence! 

I finished the torso block and went back in to the lower body block a little to make sure the carving style matches. (I had excellent canine and feline assistance.)














I have two projects I'm hoping to accomplish, the first is printing the full figure, the other is printing complex, multi-plate landscape backgrounds. I'll be carving a few relatively small blocks for this but the majority of the plates will be based on blocks I already have.  Recently my main focus has been observing the landscape around me - especially how the trees are grouped/ placed (I think the snow simplifies the ground making this easier to see at this time of year.) 






Apart from the positioning of the trees, the other thing I've been looking at/ for are major architectural elements that I might carve and add.





I also went on an art adventure to Mass MoCA with my favorite human - here we are looking at work by Sol LeWitt - the museum was huuuuuuuge and I had never seen so much of his work in one place!


In creature news it has been extremely cold and snowy.  Little Miss Honey looooooooves the snow (though recently, there have been times when it's been so cold that her human won't let her out very long). The kitties have a different opinion on snow and take advantage of the winter days to snuggle together and nap (smart kitties :) ).


I have the art "to do" list made and some new supplies arrived (yay! :) ) - go time!


 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019! and new owl

Happy 2019!  Already an art-filled year in Artlandia.  The human-creature family had good holidays:
The last round of gingerbread was exhausting for Little Miss Honey
Wow - Favorite human pulled the car over so I could photograph this  -
sooooooo many lights!
Meanwhile, the kitties are all big fans of the new electric blanket.
 I enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and creatures over the holidays, and now, back to work...
Proof of new tree block
close up of new owl block in process

Still a little more work to do on the stump, but almost there :). 
I like the owl block very much (naturally - I heart owls!) But...the next phase of work is two projects (and neither of them is the owl; though maybe the owl will make an appearance in the finished piece(s) somehow?) 

1) finish and print the large scale blocks for the big figure 

2) print large-medium backgrounds, variations from a fixed set of elements (like the most recent pieces for the Zea Mays flat file...only bigger) 

I have the press appointment for these two projects coming up in mid-February, so while there is enough time, there's not a lot of extra time (fingers crossed!)




 







Since one of the upcoming projects is making the landscape backgrounds, I've also been taking lots of landscape photos and trying to figure out what elements I might want to feature in the new plates...














Friday, December 21, 2018

NYC field trip and holiday-ing

Soda_Jerk at Anthology Film Archives
screening of Terror Nullius
A busy week in Artlandia!  After submitting all the new prints for the Zea Mays Flat File (whoop!) it was time for a well-earned field trip to New York City.  There I spent time with family and friends and saw the screening of Soda_Jerk's awesome film, Terror Nullius at Anthology Film Archives.  

The next day, my person and I went to the Hilma af Klint exhibition, "Paintings for the Future" at the Guggenheim and it was amazing and eerie! Then we stopped by the Frick to see a great  show The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos  that featured a Van Eyck painting near a companion piece by Petrus Christus - it was very cool to see the pieces together, and the show also included a terrific drawing possibly by Christus of a lost work by Van Eyck.

We also stopped by to see the window displays at Bergdorf Goodman and they were dramatic and stunning.


From the Hilma af Klint exhibition, "Paintings for the Future,"at the Guggenheim Museum
On the left, painting by af Klint, on the right, the Guggenheim ceiling - coincidence??


The Frick looking so festive all decorated for the holidays. 

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman!

At home, the holiday-ing continues with this year's batch of kitties (x2), owls, and stars gingerbread, and creatures happily napping by the tree. 

Though, I also got a funny picture of all 4 of my creatures sharing the bed, which has become standard procedure.

Even though I swore I made my last finished pieces of the year for the flat file, I lied (of course), and I made one more piece and even framed it.

The landscape shots of this week come from the train ride and are a good representation of the gloomy weather we've been having.