So I was cleaning my room and I've had this skull for forever and I found glitter and I have like 5 bottles of rubber cement. So you do the math. It's so green and sparkly and totally useless
BUT I DON'T CARE.
I feel like last week was so long ago. I caught a cold over the weekend, so that took me out. But I am now feeling better, still have a slight cough and stuffy nose.
Anyway, I started proofing my new linocut, and it is a lot more fun and easier to proof than using a wooden spoon. The print isn't that large, 8 x 6 inches maybe? It was inspired by a song, Mouthful of Diamonds by Phantogram. Hopefully they look like diamonds to you! I really like the mouth and the diamonds are fun. I'll make an edition of five and put 'em on Etsy and see if I can sell any!
After my first proof I wanted to add a couple more diamonds. I don't know, looking at it now, in a photo, I might add a couple more, to bottom right. The diamonds falling towards the bottom are too aligned and that's bothering me. So nevermind, I'm not done.
That is one of things I miss about college, the group critiques, people would give their input on your work, and I just don't have that at the moment. I am the one making all the decisions, which is very freeing, but at the same time terrifying because I am never 100% sure if the decision I am making, looks good or not. For any artist it is hard to detach from the piece and critically think about it. You put so much time and effort that you don't want to judge it. I remember I had a graphic design professor who said that you can't take criticism personally and that you have to leave your ego at the door, and I don't know if I agree with that.
I'm totally down for constructive criticism, but you are your work in a way. These are your ideas, your drawings, you decided to produce it that way and for someone to say, "No this is awful because of this this and this." Is gonna hurt. And when do you decide whether to defend it or not? This is what makes art and design so confusing. There are so many blurred lines, everyone has different taste, who is to say what is good or not? I've been is scenarios where everyone loves a design someone did, and I do not get it because I think it looks awful. Does everyone have bad taste or do I or is everyone lying? HA. Okay confusing endless rant over.
I bought an apron! It's a nice green. It's a little misleading because it has a whisk and a bowl by one of it's pockets. Here I am modeling it because I knew you all wanted to see it! Please ignore the messiness of my room.
I've returned to exercising after being sick and oh dear its so hard. But I won't give up! I can definitely tell a difference. I felt energized and just all over happy while exercising but when I was sick I felt blah (for obvious reasons) but I wasn't eating healthy while I was sick, I was eating comfort food like mac and cheese and ginger ale. But no more! I need greens and fruit and lots of water. Until easter candy, of course. I am going back to Pittsburgh this weekend, it'll be nice to be home for bit. That's all for this week. Thanks for reading!
Oh I could not resist showing a picture of Sebastian laying in the sun. That stomach...those legs...amazing.
Hello! I finally got a press! It's here, it's in my living room!
Fortunately my parents came up this weekend to help set up the table. So it's fully up and running.
I wanted to test the press, get the feel of pressure and all that stuff. So I did a quick proof.
OMG SO EXCITING! I want to start printing all the things. Also a shout out to my parents for getting me the press and helping set it up.
Also I did a color pattern for my snails.
It's a little too starbursts colors? But it's a start. I tried a light blue as a background to tone down the colors. Kinda works?
I don't know, you get to point where you can't stare at it any longer, where no matter what changes you make it doesn't look right. I might print a poster version and it's always better to look at it in print.
ARTIST OF THE WEEK
She focuses in woodcuts. And her work is bold and beautiful. I'm envious of work like this, It's so vibrant
I like her birds more than her people but the color is amazing and the love the way she does her marks.
Well Spring has officially sprung! It's around 40 degrees, and the snow is melting and I am so happy. Especially about the snow melting around my parking spot. I was getting really tired of slipping every time I tried to get in and out of my car.
I got a library card! I forgot how awesome libraries are. The local library has the Thomas Keller cookbooks. I got the book Bouchon Bakery, and the book is incredible. We made muffins.
Mmmmuuuuffffinnnnssss! We had to make the batter the night before, you have to let it rest over night to keep the muffins moist. And it worked! They were very good and not at all healthy. I think we're gonna try and make croissants!? That will be interesting. And I definitely want to make his devil cake recipe.
Now the opposite of muffins, health and exercise! I've been doing pretty well, (minus the muffins haha) I've been exercising everyday, cardio and toning. And I bought some athletic gear. I bought the shoes so I could get a free yoga bag and yoga mat. It was totally worth it.
Here are the videos I've been doing. They're not super hard and she gives the option of a beginner move or an advanced one. It makes you sweat and tones you up.
I am also doing both of these blogilates challenges.
Now on to my artwork! My dad suggested a scanner app, which is awesome and does exactly what I need. It's called scannable. I scanned all my frogs, snails and mushrooms. And my lovely friend Dana, showed me a way easier way to outline my images.
One of the few things I learned from graphic design is start your pattern in black and white and then add color. I really like the pattern and the way the images look. Hopefully with color it'll excel more as a pattern. I started working on that today but I'm not ready to show that yet.
Hopefully you're having a great week and enjoying the nicer weather!
Thanks for reading!
Weekly blog about my life and my printing!