Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Printmaking

I love printmaking, although I am sure I would be classified as the lousiest printmaker on the planet. I took a printmaking class once at our local art museum. The teacher was a VERY SERIOUS maker of etchings. She made sure her editions were complete, perfect, and properly numbered and signed. OK, very nice, but where's the spontaneity in that, I wondered? I tried to conform to her rules, but in the end went my own way. I enjoy etchings, drypoints, and especially linoleum. It's fun to print on all kinds of things, smear colors on afterward, and in general use the print as merely a starting point for a piece. I'm sure the print police are shaking their heads and saying "Oooh, that's baaaaad!" I only decided to go off on this tangent because I had carved a street scene yesterday, and was printing it tonight, and plotting what I would do with it tomorrow. Of course, I can't show it to you now because it's wet, but I will show you other linoleum prints I did recently. They are printed on old book pages, collaged, painted, and so forth. I enjoyed doing them. Just don't tell the print police where I blog. *

6 comments:

orangefrute88 said...

you are a wonderful print maker! seriously, i have a few of yours and they make me so happy - dancing goats! your fish head portrait! please. art = joy = success, and you are SUCCESSFUL!!!

Alina Chau said...

beautiful work!! Very inspiring!

Francesca said...

Your prints are wonderful: spontaneous and lively, lots going on in them. Never mind the print/art police, they'll never find us here...

Sal said...

The print police are hot on my trail (seriously - you should see the abomination I produced yesterday, after being inspired by Belinda's how-to-mono blog...) so I'll keep them distracted while you make more of these pieces. I love newsprint combined with faces. Don't stop printing!

ottoblotto said...

DON"T LEAD THE PRINT POLICE TO MY SITE!

Collin said...

I've never tried printmaking. I do like the look of what you've done, though, so it can't be all wrong.