April 2009

Yesterday I attended a workshop on letterpress printmaking as part of the Art Librarian’s Society of North America’s Annual Conference in Indiana. I learned a lot, but since it was only a day-long workshop, much of the work was already prepared for us. To see more photos see http://tinyurl.com/cla3vx.

Letterpress Workshop

Besides an appreciation for the letterpress process, the workshop gave me some ideas about printmaking in general including how I might overlap parts of images for some interesting effects. It was also refreshing to do a group project where all of us contributed to the whole. In fact, on my way to this workshop I rode with a woman who, because she is unable to have a studio, creates artwork by setting up certain parameters and giving them to others to create her work. She is currently working on a project in which she gives participants a kind of table tent with the outline of a human figure and asks participants to create a self portrait on it and mail it back to her. She even gave me one of them to do.

I spent last week sketching from Virtual Pose. I kept getting hints from the universe that I should loosen up and draw – a long discussion on Baren forum, seeing some awesome Eric Fischl watercolors in the book Ten Breaths and on Fischl’s website, and having a nice discussion with a former A&D professor. So I took the hint and I had such fun!
Watercolor sketches