February 16, 2007
Froze my tail off! Inflatable mattresses offer no insulation from a cold floor, especially in areas that aren't expected to be very cold so no downy sleeping bags and few other warm fuzzies included. However, the warm friendship of six 'old buddy artists' more than made up for the near freezing temps at night and we kept the press going in the sunny studio. The above photo is only a sampling of all that was done during the first two days... I had to skip out on the third day due to a busy weekend coming up.
As you can see, (mine are on the far left) I stuck to a couple of motifs as I struggled to learn to print with water based inks rather than my preferred oil inks. But it did offer a chance to work through some possible upcoming canvas series. Will talk about them later, but essentially, they are 'structures' and 'cropped ensos.' Both require more spontaneity than these inks allowed but I'm blaming my slow learning curve, not the medium. I jumped at a chance to buy (cheap) an encaustic heat tray for wax prints and look forward to waxing enthusiastically, taking the ink and rice paper to another level... don't know when this is going to happen, but couldn't ignore the possibilities.
Much to do before getting back in the groove, talk to you later...