Archive for December, 2007

Along the Way: Drypoint Series

I’ve always thought I was incapable of being prolific but it looks like I was wrong! I’ve recently had the opportunity to renew my aquaintance with the technique of drypoint printing (which was the only printing process I really warmed to as art student all those years back) at an adult education class in Loja, the town where I live.

My inspired mentor, Luz López suggested using old CD’s as drypoint plates and the circular format really seemed to catch my imagination and I found it hard to know when to stop… Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro-Blog part 7: Would The Real Me Please Stand Up?

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

Concept Drawing 04/02/07

Despite my revelations about the Censor, I was still struggling to make sense of how to get more structure into my work and how to give it direction:

On 04/02/06, I wrote,

I want to work hard instead of dissipating my days…I want to see myself achieve something tangible…The problem with my artwork is that is has no boundaries. Every day I can do any subject, any size, in any media and work on it for as long or short as I want. No wonder I don’t know which direction to go in. I need parameters… Read the rest of this entry »

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El Sentido de los Sueños

El Sentido de los Sueños

El Sentido de los Sueños 45.6cm x 33.5cm
Collage and pastel on paper

My first fully-fledged attempt to use (scans of) my own drawings as a major part of a collage.

These are the original drawings before inclusion:

Sleeper Dreams The Sleeper Dreams
Patchwork Patchwork

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Retro-Blog part 6: The Censor

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

GuitarIn my journal of 01/02/06, I want to start working with the tree photos I took whilst back in the UK but find myself facing resistance at the prospect of returning to work:

‘I must print out some of the tree photos and pin them up in my studio…as first act in nursing my creativity back to health after its pre-xmas bruising. I will NOT U TURN! I’ve hit this spot so many times before and I won’t allow myself to fall at the same hurdle again. I must – I will – keep picking myself up and dusting myself down and resuming once again.

I think one of the problems with my artwork is that when I get stuck I try to intellectualize an answer but that really doesn’t work because my left brain does not have the answers to these sorts of questions, only the right brain – and therefore the act of creating – can resolve the dilemmas.

I was re-reading yesterday in the Artist’s Way about The Censor. It occurs to me that The Censor might just as well be my left brain in this case. Read the rest of this entry »

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