15 October 2012
A Stay-At-Home Artist Residency
It's been a while since I've made a woodblock print; the last one was in August, I think. With three shows currently hanging and a couple of trips to visit those galleries, life has been busy with some of the more business-type activities that make up the life of an artist. The Loaded series is complete for now, and I thought I had an idea for a new series, but now that I'm ready to actually turn my attention to starting some new work, I'm not sure what's next.
So today I'm beginning a self-made artist residency that I'm offering myself in the comfort of my very own home-studio. I've purchased twenty 8" x 10" pieces of shina plywood and a few different kinds of paper and and I'm going to see what happens when I let myself make some small works based on whatever is catching my attention on a given day -- not a series, maybe not even editioned, not a Big Topic, just What Is Here Now. I'm going to try to do a print a day, although that's not a hard and fast rule. And I know already that there will be a few days when other responsibilities won't allow me to work much, but I plan to do this for two or three weeks until I find a new direction.
The image above is what I did today. I made six of them. Tomorrow I might go back in and do more with it, or I might just leave it as it is. I don't know, and "I don't know" is what it's all about.
More to come…