I have to confess the one aspect of creating art that gives me much anxiety, besides creating the art, is giving it a title.
On rare occasion this task comes with ease, where image, concept and suitable words come together almost magically. But more often than not the titles I come up with are inspired by songs stuck in my head. Sometimes it’s the actual title of the song or sometimes it’s a few lyrics that I particularly like. Sometimes the title or lyrics actually convey something I want to express and sometimes they don’t. Then there are times when there’s nothing I’m trying to say, nothing I’m trying to convey, where no songs are suck in my head and I find myself just sitting there, staring at my work as if it’s a rorschach test hoping that something will come to me. The good thing is that due to pointillism being such a time consuming process, I get quite a bit of time to work this out before I finish. Yet every once in a while I will get to the end of a piece and find myself at a loss of a decent title.
…I sense that this current drawing that I’m working on might turn out to be just that. Here’s to a rorschach test waiting to happen.
Have you ever enjoyed working on a piece of art so much that you end up feeling a tinge of sadness when you finally finish it? That’s how I felt after completing “See You”. I really wanted to drag it out a bit more but as an artist you learn that if you keep fiddling with your work beyond its completion you’re bound to mess it up. So I stopped. I have other drawings ready and waiting but I’m not too eager to get to them just yet. I think in some way as artists we form relationships with each piece that we make and with some of those “relationships”, finishing the work feels like going through a breakup, where need a little time to yourself before you can move on and put your heart into another piece.
I guess for the next two or three days I can turn my attention to stamp carving and work on some other projects while my heart mends. Honestly, I wish that I didn’t get so emotionally attached to my work but I think that if I didn’t I wouldn’t put as much care into it and the act of creating art wouldn’t have as much meaning to me. I probably wouldn’t even be an artist if my heart wasn’t in it. Strange how the very thing that gives me life is also the very thing that gives me pain. In the end though, there’s probably no better way. ❤
It’s official, no eraser is safe in my house. They will get sliced, diced and turned into a stamp. Although I have some Speedball Speedy carve to work with, I’ve been using erasers to do the majority of my practice work, while saving the Speedy carve for more serious projects. Working with rubber is definitely much easier than linoleum yet I’m discovering it is also much easier to over cut and mess up a design. Like most things that I do, patience is needed with this. Practice and patience has been my motto for the day. 😊
Well, I’ve picked up my carving tools again after a year away from it all. This time instead of focusing on carving finished pieces, I’ve spent the last three days YouTubing block printing and stamp carving. Initially I was thinking about creating stamps I could make for handmade greeting cards but now I’m also thinking about doing carved pieces for mini prints done on art cards. I’m sticking with my overall theme of keeping things small and manageable, hence mini prints.
In the process of all this I stumbled down a rabbit hole into DIY eraser carving and discovered carving with an x-acto knife. I tried this out for myself and I have to say this was pretty challenging at first and had almost chucked my x-acto knife but something said don’t give up, plus I was a bit jealous at the relative ease others were having with it and I wanted the same. After four hours of YouTubing someone finally mentioned keeping the blade at a 45 degree angle and everything completely changed. That little tidbit opened the door to much smoother, cleaner and faster carving with an x-acto knife compared to using just my lino cutter.
Another handy little thing I’ve been introduced to is ink pads. Typically these are used for rubber stamping in scrapbooking and card making but since I’ll be making mini carvings no larger than the size of a baseball card, ink pads would work great for inking art card prints instead having to deal with tubes of ink, a brayer and finding something to spread the ink on. I’m all for keeping things convenient and neat if it’s something that gets the job done. Plus the ink pad I’m using by Ranger is acid free, permanent and waterproof which is very close to ideal for me since I want my mini prints to last.
In the meanwhile I’m still inking away on “See You”. I’m halfway done and it’s coming along nicely but I’m also taking my time. I want this to be a really good piece. 😊
It’s been a while since the last time I tackled a drawing of this majestic creature. I think elephants translate well into pen and ink drawings as far as subject matter goes. I particularly like the challenge of trying to get that realistic look with all the wrinkles and folds presented in this beautiful creature’s skin. But even at the size of a baseball card, an unimaginable amount of dots have already gone into this. It has taken 12 hours spread over three days just to fill in the background. Still though, I always enjoy the outcome of a good pen and ink piece of elephants. Hoping this turns out the way I imagine it.