Monday, August 14, 2006

Carving Again - She's Back?


Block of Luan Plywood
Originally uploaded by m.Lee.
Yesterday Jon and I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up a couple of books. I got a book on bipolar (scary read) and a book on Klimpt because people are always comparing my work to his. I liked him, though never as much as Schiele, when I was in high school but I left my book on him at my fathers' house. Which means that it is basically lost to me until he dies. I think that looking a t his beautiful patterns will be an inspiration to me. So far it has been! I also went to the art store and picked up a new larger sketchbook, I am going to use the small one for ideas when I am out. I am addicted to Moleskins.

After looking a t the book and sketching a bit I started carving some blocks. I brought out some luan plywood that I purchased over a year ago but never did much with because it is incredibly difficult to carve. It is a very hard wood that splinters very easily. Detail carving is impossible with it. But it has a wonderful grain pattern. Using this wood that is cheap and totally different than the shina wood that I normally use was very freeing. I roughly carved and made marks using nails and my dremel tool. I actually came back to this block and added more carving to it after I took this scan. It was so freeing to do something different and just make marks that I carved three blocks. I basically carved until my hands couldn't take anymore. Tonight I hope to experiment with printing these up in layers along with printing some older neglected blocks.

I am thinking about starting a journal talking about my illness because I want to keep that out of here as much as possible. Email me or comment here if you are interested in reading it.

2 comments:

sunshinealways said...

Count me in.

Ellen Shipley said...

I'd be interested. I have always had mood swings and I have learned to go with the flow. But I can well apprciate that the flow can be a flood to some people. ;-]