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