I volunteered to make a print for Inkteraction’s Navigating the Currents: 100 Inkteraction Reactionsportfolio.
My idea is pretty simple: a printmaker carrying a heavy roller through a binary marsh of 1s and 0s.
This print's requirements were for a smaller 5x7” sheet of paper so the image is pretty small. I chose to further explore color reduction relief printing with my snazzy new registration system. This time I went for a cooler palette than the previous two prints.
(1st & 2nd color layers)
I don't know if it is the changes in humidity or my new block prep that have affected ink layering in a positive manner. In prepping to ink up this block I scraped down the linoleum with the side of a razor. The “La Vida Dulce II” print had some inconsistent ink layers due to what I think was the factory texture of the lino block. Each successive layer of ink picked up on the texture of the layer below and compounded the “orange peel” texture where I had intended flat areas. Of course I rolled with it and used the texture to some advantage but I wanted to avoid this in the future. I believe the shaving/planing of the block prior to inking led to a more even and flat layer of ink.
Four layers of blue were laid down to create the print. I debated adding a finishing black line layer. In the end I like the all blue palette.
painter, printmaker, music lover, son, brother, husband, father, uncle, nephew, cousin...
I’m not a writer but I’ve been trying to keep track of my thoughts and working process in this blah-g for a few reasons:
1) In an effort to demystify the art making/creating misconceptions one might have, such as, art comes from some vacuum. My perceptions of life and my environment inspire and inform my art and it takes great effort at times to process all the information.
2) I get asked the same questions by many people about what I do. I don’t mind answering, really, but I'd rather be working in the studio on my art than answering questions about my art. Now I can just say “Go read my blog.”