During December I did a series of pencil drawings of objects around me that I like–many of them handmade and beautiful for their non-perfection. I haven’t drawn with pencil recently and I did so while seeing if I could come up with ideas for a miniature print competition I’m thinking of entering. The ideas for the prints were slow to develop and for a while I thought I might try variations of the drawings as prints. This, however, didn’t happen–I felt too constrained by the small 3″ x 4″ size of the blocks.
What did happen, was that I felt freed up through all the drawing I’d done to come up with some spontaneous images that I’ve developed into prints. They are very unlike the drawings and, in an indirect way, a few of them reflect for me the atmosphere of recent awful world news. I’ve printed the images on Japanese paper and they’re drying now.
Here’s a few of the drawings. I increased the contrast digitally so you can see the lines easier.
And here’s the block prints with titles I’m considering.
Then and Now: (Renamed Look Out in February)
I’ve been carving another block print. And yesterday I thought it would be good to also get back into drawing again. I haven’t done this in a while. It’s a way for me to be connected to seeing and paying attention even when not involved in a larger project. So today after breakfast I drew the familiar objects in front of me.
Around a month ago, I began thinking about some scratchboard drawings I made in 2016. ( see my post from Feb. 19/2016) I had set them aside because I didn’t know the completed form I wanted them to take. I decided to return to them to see if I could get any further. I believe I now have a plan that will work for me. I’m going to have them printed as a small deck with 1 or 2 introductory written cards. The rest, at this point, will solely be the images. I’m also thinking about including writing on the card backs. This likely will be from the original stories I wrote about the dream characters that began this whole exploration. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The textile show opening that I mentioned in my last post was enjoyable. Since then I’ve continued painting and I’ll post some of that work in the future. I also continue line drawing. This past weekend, the weather was a lot milder and we went for a walk in a park that is part of one of Toronto’s ravines. On our walk, we came to an open area with stumps of trees, branches on the ground and dry grasses that I loved for their different shapes and placement of all their forms. I took several photos and today made some simple line drawings loosely based on those photos.
Here’s 3 more interior drawings I’ve done over the past month. I drew the desk laden with odds and ends and the pruned and sprouting jade plant while our place was being painted. The final one I drew at the end of November.
We recently had our place painted. It involved packing up all our stuff, giving some of it away and moving it and furniture to the centre of rooms so the painters could get to the walls. During that time I drew boxes and disorder. Now that that’s over, it’s enjoyable to sit down and draw a simple paper/papier maché bowl I made many years ago.
A few of the house plants we have end up in my drawings regularly. I enjoy succulents and have 2 cacti plus other hardy souls. And, this summer, I branched out and added a colourful croton to the group. Here’s some appearances the various leaves have made over the past few months. The croton is first–imagine deep red, dark and lime greens and yellows. The other drawings show various succulents including jade plants, hoyas and sansevieria with a few long spider plant and African violet leaves in the backgrounds.