Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Big Ass Spyder

So I've finally done it, I've joined the blogging bandwagon. I think it's a great idea for an artist's journal and I can refer back to it from time time when the muse is on vacation.

Today, just to get started, I've posted one of my artworks. It's a reduction woodcut done in 5 stages. The paper size is about 22" x 30" which is a full sheet of Rives BFK there is a deckled edge all around. The image is about 20 x 20" and is printed at the top of the sheet.

The muse for this woodcut came from an 18 x 24" drip painting that was cut up into 1 x 2" and 2 x 2" peices. This is a blow up of one of the 2 x 2" bits. I scanned the little peice, printed it out really big, transfered it to a sheet of baltic birch plywood then started carving. The transfered image was only a roadmap, I took many side journeys in the carving of this peice and as usual, the cutmarks are an integral part of the final image. I've been working in this manner off and on, cutting up splatters and making abstract paintings or prints from them. And so, since most of these studies are mostly created by the universe, I refer to this method as " My Zen Series."

I'll tune back in soon, hopefully this journal will improve with time and blogging experience...PPC