|Red Chair Porch 9×6 graphite & watercolor|
When I arrived in California from New England, I lived in a 1950’s apartment about 30 minutes from Los Angeles. I was just beginning to ponder the notion of getting back into art-making, and I started sketching occasionally after work. This view (above) of my balcony was probably sketched in 1991. It took me another decade to get my goals aligned with my fingers, to prioritize art-making in my life. When did you decide to be an artist? How did you push art-making to the top of your list?
The winner of last week’s book giveaway is Bonnie Rinier! Congratulations, Bonnie, and thank you to everyone who shared their favorite art books. Almost all the books mentioned are also in my art library, and I loved discovering that I have overlapping tastes in books with all of you lovely online artist friends!
My studio organization is complete, and I found a spare copy of an excellent printmaking DVD to give away. Printmaker Catherine Kernan does amazing, innovative, large scale woodblocks & monoprints, inspired by the pattern and juxtaposition of chaos & symmetry in nature. This DVD, Between Ink & Paper, is 85 minutes full of inspiration, and tips and tricks from her studio, as well as great working practices for anyone interested in using Akua inks & modifiers. If you don’t win this DVD, I’d recommend adding it to your art library. When an artist has spent years teaching their craft, they get incredibly articulate from the repetition of process description, and this DVD is evidence that Catherine has been teaching for a long time. She is very, very good at what she creates, and how she describes her process.
If you’d like a chance to win this DVD, leave a comment (with your contact info if you don’t have a blogger account) and tell us the size & subject or inspiration for your next art project. I’ll draw names from a hat and post the winner on Tuesday, Oct 28th. Good luck!
|Catherine Kernan’s Afterimage 3 (55×56 woodcut & monoprint)|
|Catherine inking a woodcut (image courtesy of Boston Public Library)|
Anthony Ryder ~ 2010 during a Drawing demo