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.


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. ;-]