February 2019 was a busy month with two primary missions: 1) finish and print the drapery for a life-sized figure and 2) make large multi-plate landscapes to use as backgrounds in collage.
|All the blocks together at the end of the carving process|
I started with the sleeve since I had already carved the first one on the torso block, then got into the cape and finished with the tassels
|Good thing I had excellent feline assistance from Mo.|
The second mission which I worked toward simultaneously was carving elements and preparing polyester lithography plates for some 30 x 40" landscapes. Because this is a larger scale than much of my work, I felt I needed a new tree block, which I carved, printed, scanned, and converted to polyester blocks.
I made additional polyester plates from my blocks of landscape elements sometimes layered with other scanned material such as patterns, forms, and maps. I also marbled 10 sheets of gray paper, slightly larger than 30 x 40," and marked the margins of a board to print them on.
Everything got done just in time for a 2 day press appointment at Zea Mays Printmaking mid-month. I spent the first day printing all the relief blocks of the drapery as well as sections of the 48" woodblock of landscape onto the marbled paper.
The second day, I cut out polyester lithography plates and collaged them on the press bed to make different landscapes. I varied the pressure, ink, and used ghosts to try to make the elements varied and atmospheric.
|Honey, doing just fine during my absence.|
|My assistants, sleeping on the job : " After 3 am, you're on your own, Human."|
In para-art news we started the month off by seeing Principia (New Peck 1) in its debut weekend by the NYCB (!!) I don't have any photos of the performance, because it's prohibited, but it was a magical weekend!
We also celebrated Valentine's day and look at this super thoughtful art-gift from Lacey - it's a crewelwork portrait by Amanda Fox, Crewel Ghoul. I hung it across from my bed, and I love seeing Sunny's little face every day (with her "I'm posing next to the artwork" expression.) The kitties are bonded and all doing well; Mini has gracefully stepped into her role as Feline Assistant, Sr. and momma-cat, and the boys continue to grow and thrive and seem to enjoy being trainee assistants. Still, I continue to miss Sunny, the original Feline Assistant, and love seeing this portrait of her each morning.
|All together enjoying breakfast so peacefully with Mini in the center and Mo and Max on either side of her.|
Max is now larger than Mini and still growing while Mo is petite, but feisty.