“An Open Exchange of Ideas,” 4″ x 6″, intaglio, 2009. Edition of 7, printed on Fabriano Murillo paper.
Just when things were starting to go smoothly this quarter, I caught another cold this week. That’s the 2nd time I’ve been sick since the beginning of October. I usually manage to hold off illnesses until right after a deadline (one of my superpowers, I guess), but now the timing couldn’t be worse. This was my marathon week (I’ve been a studio assistant this quarter, which means that I’m pretty much always there anyways, but with all the holidays I had to load up a ton of studio time during the last couple weeks of the quarter), and instead of just being physically tired, I’m now completely physically and mentally exhausted, and unsure if I’m going to be able to get the work done that I need to.
“Tilt,” 4″ x 4″, woodcut, 2009. Edition of 8, printed on Mulberry paper.
I actually finished this guy a month or more ago, the first print I managed to get done this fall. At the time, I was struggling mightily to get anything done, fighting off a cold, and generally being in a pissy mood. The joy of woodcuts is that you can sometimes finish them very, very quickly, which can be the cure when you’re mired artistically. It’s just getting that first one out of the way that matters, and after that things will begin to flow more normally. That was certainly the case here, as the time I’ve spent working (seemingly without anything to show for it) is starting to pay off. I editioned my fourth print of the fall yesterday, and I’ll have a scan of that next week after I’ve flattened the prints.
Just like everyone else in the world, there are several social networking sites that I use frequently. Now that I finally have Twitter and Facebook cooperating, I figured this was a good time to let people know where to find me around the web. And these are the best places to find me…
I suppose now is as good as a time to point out that if you really like any of the prints that I post here, they’re always all for sale. I don’t know if I had actually pointed that out previously, but these guys would love to find a new home (this particular print is $60 cheap). And since we’re nearing the holiday season, one of my prints might make an excellent gift for one of your weirdo friends. Drop me an e-mail if there’s anything that catches your eye…
It’s kind of nice to get some prints done since the quarter is wrapping up. On the horizon: holiday after holiday, ridiculous crowds everywhere, endless distractions, TV re-runs, gray weather, and peppermint-flavored everything. The ideal situation would be just to keep my head down and work straight through March, but there’s a month-long winter hiatus looming, and I’m not particularly looking forward to it. It’s taken nearly two months to get to the point where I feel like I’m being productive more often than not. It’ll probably take all of January to get back to this point.
There’s something about sliding into the cold weather that puts me into a grumpy mood. That’s good for the sort of artwork that I tend to do, although I’m also sure that it’s an uneven trade for the people around me. Knowing is half the battle, so I hear.
So yeah. Here’s to the holiday season!
I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m in the middle of what feels like a monsoon right now. The skies have opened up for the first time this fall (and I mean really opened up – no mist or light rain, the kind of rain where you think twice about putting things inside plastic bags even though they’re already in your backpack). Probably not coincidentally, my little creative funk seems to have passed. As they say, when it pains it roars, and I’m starting to get some work done finally. Here’s the first evidence…
“The Allegory of the Cave,” 6” x 9”, intaglio, 2009. Edition of 6, printed on Fabriano Murillo paper.