I’ve been framing small linocut prints to take to the San Diego Artwalk this weekend. I usually meet young people interested in art, but not yet fluent enough financially to be art collectors. Printmaking in small editions is a lower price-point than one of a kind paintings, so little prints are often the first original art a budding collector will buy, and I’m always thrilled to be part of another art-lover’s emergence into the exciting first chapter of lining the nest with beautiful, original art. I know the thrill of finding something you really just have to display in your home.
Exhibiting small prints (and showing some of the plates and process) also increases the possibility of sparking a little interest in printmaking, and if you’ve perused this blog over the past 10 years, you know I’m an enthused Try-It! evangelist of anything related to printmaking. Its incredibly satisfying to return to an art festival, and find someone excited to tell you that last year’s festival inspired them to take a printmaking workshop, and now they’re making prints and sharing methods with their friends and family. In San Diego this weekend, I’ll have another chance to add to an art lover’s collection, and maybe influence a budding artists’ adventures into this versatile, rewarding medium. Lucky, lucky me.????
You can’t trust your talent. I have taught school for a very long time, and I never met a student who was untalented. Talent is as common as house dust and kudzu vine in Alabama and just about as valuable as teats on a boar. Nothing is as valuable as the habit of work, and work must become a habit. Or, as Blake said “Execution is the chariot of genius.”
~ Master Printmaker, Barry Moser