Linocut: Coming or Going

Coming or Going 2 x 4 linocut with watercolor on arches paper

Available in my Etsy Shop.
Now that preparation for the fund raising exhibit is completed, (Art for the Animals is opened [see photos below], and the show runs till May), it’s time to swing attention in the studio toward the next show – 6 weeks from now.  I think this is my 8th year of exhibiting at The San Diego Art Walk, and it’s one of my favorite Springtime events. (It’s in Little Italy, near the beach, so there you have it; food + ocean = fun.)

I’ll be framing this little linocut (process shots begin at the bottom of this post), and I’ve got a stack of other small and some larger pieces in the works. How about you? What are your creative plans for the Spring, and what are the sources of your deadlines & deliverables?

Pulling a test print (Artists’ Proof) before I print the edition

Painting the print with watercolor

After cutting away the parts I don’t want to print, I’m ready to ink and print.
Little scrap of linoleum with a sharpie drawing, ready for carving.

Sunday, March 10 Art for the Animals opening at Gale’s Restaurant;
it was a big success! Red dots all over the place, funds raised for a great
cause; two dogs – a cocker spaniel and a terrier mix – found new homes!

These two handsome boys are still available – Charlie & Bagheera

More and more empty spaces on the walls – the red dots were flying!
The whimsical charcoal and color sketches by the amazing Walt Peregoy.
If you like the styling of the animated feature
 101 Dalmations, that’s Walt’s doing. Google his imagery to see samples.
Now, at 88, he’s showing his work around different fundraising
exhibits in Los Angeles, and his seasoned mastery is evident in every line.

Art Quote
One more thing about me, then no more. I have finished my sketch of the Giorgione; it took nearly three weeks. I’ve almost finished a copy of Verone’s angel from his sketch, and I’ve begun the Giorgione landscape (The Judgement of Solomon), in the same size; I might have to put figures in. I have done a few drawings. All in all, I have been less courageous than I expected to be. I refuse to give up before I have results, though. As I am at loose ends here, I might as well make the most of my time and study my craft. I could not undertake anything on my own. I have started down a hard path that requires great patience. At one time, I had your encouragement; now that I no longer do, I am starting to despair a little, the way I used to in the past. I remember the conversation we had in Florence about the sorrows that are the lot of those involved in art. What you said was less exaggerated than I thought. There is indeed little compensation for those sorrows. They increase the older you get and the farther along you go, and the consolation once derived from youth’s few additional illusions and hopes is gone. However great one’s affection for one’s family and one’s passion for art, there is a void even they cannot fill. ~Edgar Degas, in a letter to Gustave Moreau 1858

8 Responses to Linocut: Coming or Going

  1. Belinda Del Pesco July 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Danielle July 20, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Very nice art work!

  3. Belinda Del Pesco March 13, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    @sharon, thanks for stopping by, and yes, you can absolutely copy the quote, and add a link. 🙂 thanks also for your comment on dpw. I’ve favorited (is that a word now?) your shop on etsy. Nice to meet you.

  4. sharon jonas March 13, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Love the quote and your artwork. Hope you don’t mind if I copy it. Would you mind if I also put your link on my blog?

  5. Belinda Del Pesco March 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    @cristiane – well, thank you very much. And right back at you; I don’t always get in here to reply to yours and every-nice-person’s comments, but I so appreciate them all… each & every one of them. Big Hug back.

  6. Belinda Del Pesco March 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    @barbara – Thanks for the compliment, and yes, it’s a sad quote from Dagas. When I look at his graphite drawings and pastels, the beauty & mastery makes my heart ache to know he was so unsure of himself. Thanks for the joy-vote. 🙂

  7. Cristiane Marino March 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi Belinda,

    Your linocut is lovely. Very delicate.
    Everytime you post something I come to see and I always love it.
    I don’t make comments all the times but I really follow your blog and admire your work.
    A big hug

  8. Barbara Muir March 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi Belinda,

    A beautiful piece, and sad quote. Poor Degas. I hope that I continue to learn more about how to be happy, as I have throughout my life. I can tell from your work, your enthusiasm, and posts, that you have a skill for being joyous. The blog world, and wonderful artists like you are a great help in that direction.

Write something.... we'll wax poetic about art & making things!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.