A couple of years ago, I got the idea that I'd like to get into block printing. There's something (probably the contrast and the power of line) about the medium that drew me in and continues to fascinate me. In fact, I liked it so much I even bought some nice chisels and proceeded to carve one--that's right, a grand total of ONE--wooden print block. Here it is, a simple feather, which actually turned out fairly well--if I do say myself.
Recently, I returned to the medium--except this time I gave lino cutting a try. Here are some pics of the process and the result. I'm not exactly amped about the outcome--the heart, I feel, needed more line work in areas to further define its contours--but I am excited about exploring block printing (either wood or lino) more in the near future.
Time to watch some tutorials and acquaint myself more with the process.
By the way, if you like either the feather or the tree-heart image and would like a print made, please send me an email (email@example.com). I'd be glad to send you one for a nominal price.
Recently I put the finishing touches on a free-standing assemblage I've titled Icon. I constructed the base (below) using, among other things, an antique millwork rosette and some pieces from an old picture frame. Notice the openings, which I designed to hold little boxes that, as you'll see later in this post, serve as storage for Moai-inspired heads.
Below are the four heads--still in their rough stage at this point--which I sculpted from Apoxie Clay, a two-part product that after a few hours dries to a rock hard state.
Here are some shots of the finished piece, which if you're interested, is available for purchase in my store. Some of the found objects include a garden trowel, a vintage drawer pull, and a film reel.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.