Monday, August 12, 2013

A Sense of Place

PigLips-Web2I'm really excited about the new prints I took to Naked Art last week. They're my first screenprints for sale, and they feel fresh, bold, different--and satisfying.

I've been reevaluating my art in the time since I wrote my book, trying to figure out what  I'm trying to capture in my prints and what techniques I want to use to translate it to the viewer. I've been inspired by our local chefs, who use Alabama ingredients and traditional cooking techniques as the foundation to create amazing dishes and unique flavors that give diners a sense of place, or terroir. I want to do the same thing, but with art, and I think these two new screenprints approach that--and open the door to more ideas in that vein. In the future, you'll see more screenprints, more screenprints mixed with block prints, prints combined with mixed media, more original drawings, more one-of-a-kind pieces, and new ways to look at our city, state, and region in a whole new light.

I hope you enjoy the new prints. Let me know what you think of them.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Something New

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"The Curtain Rises"

I'm happy to share with you a new piece of art--one that involves a wholly different form of printmaking than the block prints you're used to seeing.

This is "The Curtain Rises," and it's a monoprint--a one-of-a-kind print--that I created by screenprinting an image drawn in chalk pastel. Does that sound weird? It is kind of weird. And it's somewhat unpredictable. I couldn't tell precisely how this print would turn out until I lifted the screen off the paper. That's part of the magic of printmaking, though. For this piece in particular, the imperfections made the image more evocative.

I've been experimenting with unusual forms of screenprinting, and I'll show you the results as I continue practicing. I'm enjoying the freer, more expressive feel of these techniques. They offer a lot of flexibility for images, and they allow me to mesh my drawing with printmaking. (Everything in "The Curtain Rises" is hand-drawn.) I'll continue to create block prints--in fact, I have two new ones in the final stages of carving--but you're going to see a lot more of these screen monoprints from me as well.

"The Curtain Rises" will be available in the silent auction for Opening Night: A Benefit for Alabama Landmarks, sponsored by the Alabama Theatre Junior Board. They're planning to recreate the Alabama Theatre's opening night in 1927, which promises to be a lot of roaring, Gatsby-style fun. I can't wait to debut this new piece in that setting.

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