Next week a friend and I are going to attend a one day printmaking workshop, and I have been trying to come up with suitable ideas for a straightforward plate. I had taken too complex an image to the last workshop, and spent most of the first day carving a small part. With a one day workshop I need to get on with things. I like to make the most of any exercise.
I started this preparation yesterday, and while trawling through my files (my sketchbook) and drawing (using the computer), I was also listening to and enjoying Grayson Perry's first Reith Lecture: Democracy has Bad Taste.
While I was listening, this is what my hand came up with!
I find myself astonished, but interested, especially as it came with a name: Arrangement in yellow and grey. But it certainly is not suitable to take to the workshop.
So I started again this morning. And off I went again:
This is more of what is usually in my mind, and I have saved it in a 'for use' folder. It too has a name: The elusive idea. Needless to say, I became more interested in working on this than anything else. Nevertheless, this is a piece suitable for stitching, and not for printmaking, which is what I'm supposed to be thinking about. The plan was, is, to concentrate on printmaking as my active thinking until next year, while catching up with stitching the already printed fabric during the passive thinking time. Hey ho. I hope that the workshop helps to turn me on.
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