This summer has been as most of my summers are a sad attempt at pursuing my art and a much better attempt at making the money I didn’t make during the year. On the up side, having the artist residence has kept me somewhat on track by forcing me to dedicate my day off to the studio. My studio time has really been a constant attempt at perfecting some test plates but I’m getting there. So, for my next personal project I have created a set of 8 copper plates which are all identical in size, small but convenient, 4″ x 4″. I leave for New Hampshire tomorrow and I’m hoping to create 8 images that represent my time there. As most people know I’m not a big fan of real life, I much more prefer the one in my head thus these images will most likely be far from your typical scenes of New Hampshire. In the end I hope to produce a book/Zine based on these images and my own words to coincide. I am pretty excited to have something set up for myself but I also currently have two Folios that I am working on. One for the folios is for the site Inkteraction and is a small image with an edition of 15. The other is a folio for AS220 in Rhode Island and is an edition size of 40. I think I might be doing a woodblock for this one! Wish me Luck I’ll keep you updated with any completed images.
As some people may know, I’ve recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It has been such a long journey but totally worth every minute. I started my college experience at Mass Art and studied there for two years choosing Printmaking as my major in my second year, however as a new artist I just wasn’t ready to accept it as my career with everyone always asking me, “how are you gonna make any money? Where are you going to work?.” With my self-doubt leading my life I turned to my second love, figure skating, and began to study exercise and health sciences at Umass Boston. It was ok at first, but I didn’t love it. It was then that I discovered my love for skating came from the impromptu movements and choreography on the ice. After one year I switched majors yet again to liberal arts with a focus in art. This too was a learning point, I was able to work in another printmaking shop and well it honestly made me realize that if I wanted to be a printmaker why wasn’t I back at MassArt. The following year I went back at Mass Art and well it was strange going in not having had a freshman year with my fellow classmates. I always felt somewhat separate, but at least I knew I wanted to be there. The next three years there would prove to me why it was the right decision to return and between the teachers and my fellow classmates I learned more than I could have hoped for. It is definitely bittersweet leaving, since Mass Art has been such a huge part of who I have become and who I currently am, but we are in the next chapter now. I was accepted for an artist residence opportunity at EES (Experimental Etching Studio) in Hyde Park and I’m hoping this will begin to define who I am and where I might be going! Bellow are a group of photos of my final pieces from my final semester. I loved making each and every one of these and hope you yourself enjoy them!
This is my most recent watercolor and well, I think this is the first one I actually love. It feels done to me and its strange but introducing the brighter orange/pink really made this image work for me. It’s funny how you stumble upon an answer, I was trying to figure out what the last layer and color were going to be when I was outside with the puppies. I noticed a new flower had just bloomed outside and well wasn’t it the most perfect color to introduce. Hope you enjoy this and please feedback would be great. Happy Easter.
Working on some larger watercolors, which for now work for me. None of these feel complete yet but they feel good to make. I’m still playing with color right now really just testing to see what happens with different combinations. More to come.
Well, after attempting to try one type of image for my collaborative project I decided all the previous drawings sucked…. but these ones are pretty great. These watercolor washed webs really have inspired me and I’m trying to push them larger. Currently the biggest one is about 20 by 30. My colors have not really worked themselves out yet but I’m still experimenting.
I decided I wanted to have another go at a multiple plate print and I’m happy I did because I’ve learned a few good things. First and foremost if I ever attempt to have as many plates as I did during this project my head spins and well I can’t seem to focus on the image and instead I focus on the technique, which normally does not create an interesting image. Also, I learned that editing has become a great skill. After creating 4 plates that worked together I always wanted to print them all, so a forewarning to you, some of these prints are busy. However, after a while I learned that in many cases less is more and hopefully this is the biggest accomplishment of this project. please let me know any thoughts or critique you have, another set of eyes is always helpful.
Well lets just begin with saying that this project was very intimidating since I primarily feel comfort in black white and gray tones, but considering the facts I was pretty happy with the outcome. Bellow are the final print some variations and collaborations. Enjoy.
So I think posting about how guilty I felt made me work extra hard to get some decent work produced…. of course when I say decent these are merely study drawings but I always finish my studies since I consider them a piece in themselves. Hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave any comments, they are always helpful! By the way they are all made with chalk pastel and india ink washes.
So I feel like a slacker, I haven’t posted in quite some time and I swear I haven’t forgot about this at all, just busy. Started back to school last week, last semester now and well its been long awaited. For those who don’t know I have been on the 7 year plan with college and well I’m ready to take my chances out there. It’s funny to think about life without school when I’ve always had that support behind me but it also seems to hold me back a bit. I bet I will miss the facilities though. I keep wondering what I’m going to do after school and I guess for now that up in the air. Currently I have not photographed any new works, most of what I am working on is in the beginning stages. The most exiting event happening soon will be the Arches student show held at the Danforth Museum which open on February 27th I don’t imagine it will be up for long but its always fun to have work up. As soon as I complete some pieces I will start posts. Thanks for visiting.