Monday, September 13, 2010

Post 36 - MOTIVATION MONDAY - Motivated to find my "printmaking muse", a quote to consider, and lots of scarves to keep me focused...

Blogging my evolution as an artistic art educator - An art-based experiment...

I went to Tiger Lily Press yesterday for a model drawing and monoprint session. It was informal, relaxed and enjoyable, despite my apprehension. Yes, like my students, I have "fear of failure" and "fear of the unpredictable and uncontrollable". I haven't been in a printmaking studio or to a life drawing class/session in a couple of years, so I almost didn't go. (Especially when I got a speeding ticket within the first minute and a half of leaving the house. Grumble, grumble, grumble.)... And, if it hadn't been for my husband insisting I "be good to myself" and go ahead and go to Tiger Lily Press, I would have sat at home feeling sorry for myself, and kicking myself for filling the traffic cop's "Catholic church zone ticket quota".

But, I went, and I conquered my fear by just rolling ink out on a plexiglas plate and "drawing" in the ink with a loaned paintbrush. I worked the monoprint until the model was finished with her second pose. (And, although I wish I could have captured the gesture of her hand better, I am pretty dang pleased with myself... Thanks dear, for making me go! And, thanks to the nice and welcoming people at TLP!)

A scan of the original print is below, with some Photoshop and hand-altering fun too!

Scan of monoprint, printed on watercolor paper

Photoshop manipulated scan on watercolor paper - Colorized, with a patchwork filter added.

Scan on watercolor paper - Hand-colored with watercolor crayons, re-scanned into computer.

Re-scan of water colored scan on watercolor paper - Photoshop manipulated with a stained glass filter.

Quote to consider...

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

--- Stella Adler
And, last but not least, here is a photo (above) of some of the scarves I have completed within the last two weeks. (I created four more between last weekend and this weekend)... AHHHHHHHH!!!... I am totally possessed, OR totally focused. One or the other.
Hey... If I can "unhook" doing this "crocheting thang", it is all worth it! (I need all the help I can get... LOL!)
Safety, health, happiness, and peace... Pam


Alexia said...

Wow, where do you get the energy? Nice work on both projects, and good job getting out to the class. It's like running; they say just putting on your running shoes and walking out the door is the hardest part.

Ken Swinson said...

Beautiful monotype.

I've wanted to visit the Tiger Lilly Press...glad to hear you you had a great experience!