I keep a list of art ideas for those moments where I’m not inspired by anything new to create. This design for my next lino carving is from that list. It’s called a Chiwara, an antelope figure of the Bambara people of Mali, that represents the spirit that taught humans the fundamentals of agriculture. There’s two different styles of the Chiwara, one is of a male antelope featuring curved horns and the other is of a female antelope featuring straight horns with a baby antelope. The one I’ve drawn here is female with a few personal stylized additions that are similar to the male version. The Chiwara is one of the handful of designs I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo of but have been far too much of a chicken to go through with it. Maybe one day I’ll get brave and get that tattoo. For now though, I’ll just enjoy making a carving out of it. 😌
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A bit of wind has been taken out of my sails for the moment. After finishing “Bloom”, I was ready to dive right into another carving but just recently I was informed by family that my 95 year old grandma won’t be with us much longer. Her heart is failing and the only thing that can be done is keep her comfortable, in other words, she’s on a steady dose of morphine. I spoke to her and she was rather chipper but I suspect that was just the morphine talking. Life feels like it’s on pause right now. I have been bracing for this moment for some time but I see you can never really be prepared for something like this. We’re all just waiting now.
My thoughts haven’t been much on designing and carving. After four days of just puttering around the house and staring at the walls, I’ve been able to squeeze out a few sketches, evidence that I’m starting to feel a little better but not enough to focus on anything serious at the moment. So as I wait for that inevitable phone call (or text), I guess I can spend some time honing my sketching skills.
“Bloom” – linocut carving by Q.
For my first piece back to lino carving, I think this turned out pretty decent. I’m not quite ready to get back to doing pointillism just yet, so I’m currently mulling over a new design for another carving, so stay tuned. 😊
So I’m back to lino carving and I set up for myself a project with a bunch of swirls, curls, nooks and crannies. I just got the outline done and I’m already exasperated. In need of some carving stamina today. 😌