Monday, May 22, 2017
I am still exploring carving and printing. I am trying to make some patterns again but this time not on the computer. I am going to try my hand at block printing on fabric. In the early 80's I did some fabric painting but never with a carved block. First I have to remember everything I forgot about tiling in order to make a repeat pattern.
As you can see, this one doesn't really work as a repeat pattern but I like it anyway.
Also rather than using block printing ink which is so thick, I am using screen printing ink. I like it much better as it is thinner and doesn't rub off.
These are some fun experiments!
Friday, May 12, 2017
I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole of printmaking! It all started with the making of stamps. I was reminded of my days creating linocut Christmas cards back in the 1970's. I can't carve linoleum any more due to hand issues but the new carving mediums are really easy on the hands. I began with something called Speedy Carve which is the pink stuff. I liked it fine until I tried the Soft Cut. That was dreamy too but then I found Moo carve and all my prayers were answered. The stuff is amazing. It is soft yet firm and carves like "buttah". So Moo Carve it is for now unless I find something better that is.
I also discovered a great use for some old gelli prints that I had laying around. Anyone who does any sort of gelatin printing will know what I mean.....they take up a lot of space. So I tried printing on some of them and that worked really well.
Here is another one I did that I really like as well in two different colors.
I am thinking about making some cards again. Perhaps I will even re-open my Etsy shop again. Although I never had a whole lot of success with that. We will see. Right now I am enjoying the meditative and repetitive process of the carving, inking, and printing.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
|Dad at a fashion show a few years ago.|
We all knew this day was coming but it doesn't make it any easier. We lost my dad this week. He was 96 years old. My parents have been married for 68 years. My mom won't know what to do without him.
In a way it was a relief since he was really suffering. It was so hard to bear. He had always been so sharp and strong. Watching a parent decline is about the worst thing I can think of. My dad was always there for us and always trying fo fix anything and everything that was wrong.
He will be so incredibly missed. We will all have to learn how to live without him.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The week is over. I missed my trip to the house in Arizona. It was a good thing I didn't go since I am still not completely better. This was a brutal sinus infection. I know quite a few people who have it and everyone is really sick from it. I am not sure if the antibiotics worked or not. Relief has been so slow in coming. I still have to rest every afternoon but I hope I will get better soon.
My husband had a good time in spite of the fact that he was by himself out there. He got back last night.
My grandson ended up going over to his mothers house for the school vacation week and that worked out rather well for me. I only had myself to take care of and I didn't have to cook or pick up after anyone else. I really needed that in order to get better. I have been physically, emotionally and just totally drained lately.
Unfortunately the pool is closed for the rest of the month for renovations so I will need to get out and walk. I hope the weather cooperates. Although so far it has not. It has been 45 degrees. Every day. Cold and rainy. I even had to dig out my winter coat the other day. Spring in New England is the worst. I hate spring. It looks good on the calendar but in reality it is cold, rainy and raw.
Better days are coming.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Where do I begin? I suppose I will begin with the onset of my cold last week. I was worried, knowing that I was due to get on a plane the following week but I thought I had plenty of time and that the cold would be gone by the following Saturday. Yesterday.
Wrong. I began to feel a tiny bit better on Wednesday but on Thursday I felt much worse. Time to see the doctor. I was fearful that I had pneumonia again. Not so. That was the good news. The bad news was that I have a sinus infection for which she put me on antibiotics. And then I asked the question.
Can I fly tomorrow? She looked horrified. Her eyes bulged over the mask. I knew I was in trouble. She said you really, really should not fly. This isn't like a cold where you can take an antihistamine and chew gum while you are on the plane......And after my last ear pain on the plane from flying with a cold, I was really scared of what a sinus infection could do. Plus I don't have a doctor out there yet. I really do need to get one. What if I got much worse after the flight there and need to be seen. All in all it really seemed not worth the risk.
I looked it up online and pretty much all the MD web sites agree. Even the pilot web sites agreed. It seems when pilots have a sinus infection they are grounded. Well. OK then.
My husband kept saying, see how you feel tomorrow, but I already knew I couldn't go to Tucson this time. He was beside himself. We are talking about a lot of money as well for the three tickets to AZ during school vacation week. One of the more expensive times to fly. But it still wasn't worth risking my health for the price of a ticket. We were both very distraught. But I finally convinced him that he should go alone. At first he was pretty adamant about not going alone. Hell, if it were me, I would so go alone. But that is the difference between us. I crave alone time. Maybe it has something to do with being an artist and a mother (it seems we are never alone).
He was up all night long hemming and hawing. Neither one of us got a wink of sleep Friday night. In the end, he went. Alone. And you know what? He is OK. He is happy to be out there. He still doesn't like that he is alone out there but HE IS OUT THERE. Having lunch on the porch. Sitting by the pool. Killing spiders (it is getting hot out there after all).
My husband has all the same stresses that I do plus he works full time. He has had the same job, editing math textbooks for, I think, 35 years now. He really needs to retire. In fact that was our grand plan before our grandson came to live with us. But we are getting closer to the end. Sometimes we lose sight of that. In December Ethan will turn 18. Emancipated. And we will no longer be restricted under a court order. That will be a great thing. Being under a court order is akin to wearing an electronic bracelet. And we were doing a good thing! As my friend says, "No good deed goes unpunished". She isn't kidding.
I am hoping that he will at least retire by the end of the year. Or if I can convince him, sooner. He is always so stressed out I am very worried about him. We have to stay healthy so we can move and enjoy some quality of living in our now cut short retirement.
Anyway, that's it. I am resting. Drinking tea. It is warm today and tomorrow it will be as well. Then of course it is back to the 50's again........
Summer cannot come soon enough.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I found a new (to me) paper that I like working on much better than my usual hot press watercolor paper. It is a special paper for acrylic paints and it is so sturdy, I just love it. You can find it here:
I used it on the above painting as well as a new technique I learned from Caterina Giglio called decollage. I like it as a background as it is neutral but not a bright white. By the way Caterina has some wonderful you tube videos with all sorts of interesting techniques that she shares freely. Check them out!
By for now!