|I couldn't resist; |
I had to cut it out and play with this week's blocks to see
how they might look as part of a larger composition
Firstly, to conclude phase 3 - develop thoughtful algorithms.
I feel like I had an opportunity to put this to the test with making the 3 still lifes last month, and I learned a few useful things:
1) the first step of an algorithm is usually subtractive rather than additive.
For me, it seems like the most productive general pattern is: subtraction, organization, addition. This is challenging because, as someone who's devoted to adding extraneous stuff into the life-mix, my first impulse is to jump right into the making (adding) part; but one conclusion I came to with phase 3 is that most projects go better if I remove excess material and ideas first, then organize, then add.
2) Fix some factors so that they can act as a "control" group.
With the still lifes, I was trying to learn a new paint, new support, and a new construction method, so I stuck with iconography (skulls, flowers, fruit) that I know well. It helped me focus and a few technical conclusion - golden high flow acrylic is incredible - high pigment load, ink-like viscosity, and a drying time so fast I couldn't believe. I love the new arches oil painting paper, but the support has to stay consistent between the objects and the background for it to take varnish evenly (oops - now I know ;) ).
3) The goal may not be the material result.
With the still lifes, I made the objects individually then combined them instead of paintings the still life as a unit because I wanted to know whether I could adjust the composition to existing objects instead of adjusting the objects to the maintain the composition (Yes :) ).
Now that phase 3 has reached its conclusion, I'm ready to jump into a mini project :)!
Relief Print Mini-Project
|week 1 - blocks 1 - 6.|
Over the past year or so, I've gotten really interested in relief printing. It took a while to find the paper, ink, and printing method that work best for me and to learn the tools and practice carving. I feel like I have a good grasp of the basics now, and I want to get really good at it.
Ever since I saw Durer's paper monument, I can't stop thinking - what would it be like if I had my own personal library of blocks? Picture the endless variations - different colors, different papers, different backgrounds, that I could arrange, and re-arrange, and re-arrange, in all sorts of combinations, adding blocks as needed...
On the one hand, it's a fantasy. Durer is, well, Durer (my heart be still!), and even he didn't carve the blocks for the paper monument himself (and neither did Hans Holbein the Younger for his Danse Macabre, another favorite). And I - am a lone cat person armed with a classroom pack of linoleum and a wooden spoon to print them, hahaha.
So...yes...hmmmmmm (Better not to think about it too much ;) )
If it were possible, I feel like I would need a certain minimum number of blocks as the baseline - maybe 50?
I got to thinking (uh oh ;)) - I bet if I carved a block every day, I'd get good at it, and I could reach the minimum of 25 new blocks to add to the app. 25 I've already made in about a month.... (steeples fingers -hmmmmmmm).
And so the mini-project was born.
I'm going to carve 6 blocks a week* for one month - starting last week ;)
*with one day a week reserved for proofing and photographing
|drawing based on|
one of my zoo photos
I use blue marker over the
areas I'm working on to
I can see where I've carved
|I made the branches dense so that I can make variations|
by cutting off the smaller limbs in different pieces
|In process, then cut into 3 for printing|
|with added black, white, and metallic ink|
|from my yard!|
I predict there will be plants in the
blocks to come...