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First Swim, 7″ x 7″ collagraph on paper with colored pencil

I’m matting and framing watercolors and printmaking for the Artwalk in San Diego’s Little Italy coming up in a little over two weeks. If you’re nearby, be sure to stop at my booth (#192) on Beech Street between Columbia and State to say hello. Every year, I meet a gaggle of bloggers and blog followers, and it’s always a lovely face-to-face social media treat. It’s been a busy year in the studio, and there are changes on my horizon, so I’ll have a lot of art at the festival.  😎 

As a lover of water and swimming, a baby’s first swim is a moment near & dear to my heart.  With Spring arriving (ever so slowly for my east coast and northern friends & family), I’m thinking about swim suits and sunscreen and barbecues with garden flowers on the table and iced tea made with fresh mint leaves.  Come on over. Bring a sketchbook and we’ll take turns posing.

This collagraph was made from a sheet of matboard, and inked in the a la poupée method. After the ink was dry, colored pencil was added to enhance contrast and details. There are several videos demonstrating the process of making a mat board collagraph on my youtube channel.  Do you have a favorite art channel on youtube? Share it in the comments so we can all check it out.

Pulling the print after inking the plate for First Swim


Art Quote

Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating.

Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time.

No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.

Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know.

Kevin Ashton, Creative People Say No

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3 thoughts on “Collagraph: First Swim”

  1. Beautiful work! Also want to thank you for sharing that quote from Kevin Ashton – it sent me on a search to find out more and now I want to read his book – a happy discovery indeed!

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