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inventory and two sets of show supplies is ridiculously
complicated and time-consuming. We schlep and pack and prepare
for days leading up to the shows, while trucking Sunny the cat
back and forth from the vet with a serious bladder problem,
juggling more than the usual amount of little family
emergencies, and sweating through an epic heat wave with no A/C.
Look closely to
see the thin stream of water that flows continuously from my
tent roof, blasting at least one unsuspecting customer right
down the back of the shirt… In the end, both shows are mostly
sunny and very successful! Yay. Bonus: I won second prize in the
printmaking category at the Corn Hill show. Double yay! Thanks
to all who helped, juried, attended, gushed and/or purchased.
And apologies to the lady with the wet shirt.
Back to the press.....
I have printed color #2, amber (glorified orange):
OK, lookin good.
Back to the print
shop. Bob will be out of town with boy scouts next week while
I’ll be finishing this thing, so he lets me do everything,
standing by to make sure the heavy machinery doesn’t try to
(My chicken arm
gets very tired, and I cheat and ask burly Rhino Bob to finish
kneading the ink. Next week the arms will get a workout.)
I do a few trial
Finally I’m printing. DJ Bob plays a cd mix. Bob Marley, The Eurythmics, Coldplay. Good printing music. You get into a rhythm. Make 5 or 6 prints, add more ink to the rollers, swig of iced tea, make 5 or 6 more prints, add more ink, little dance, etc. Soon I’ve made 100 prints. Here’s how it looks now:
Not sure if you
can see it here, but there’s a sprinkling of orange confetti on
the forest floor here. I’m getting excited about the look of
Back to the print
shop, mix up a nice dark green, start printing. About halfway
through the 100 prints, I realize I’ve put too much ink on the
rollers, because the dark green ink is taking on a texture on
the prints. Oops. Wash off the rollers, start over, being
careful not to trowel on too much ink.
This coming week I will endeavor to finish this thing and post my progress on my Facebook Fan page, Laura Wilder Artwork.
I will try to
always post the latest news there. It’ll show up there before it
shows up on the website, which requires Webmaster Bob’s time and
On the block, the parts that have been freshly carved away are pale gray, the linoleum color. The rest is stained green from the last printing.
And then I
printed color #5, a rich mahogany color, because the carpet of
leaves on the ground is mostly that color…
Wow, the dark tree
trunks really contrasts with the bright yellow and orange. Hmmm.
Maybe too much. Hmmm. The bright yellow and orange don’t seem
connected to those tree trunks….
Now I lay that
tracing over the new block, backwards, to match the image on the
block, tape it in place, and slide a sheet of carbon paper under
it. I draw over all those new leaf shapes, transferring them to
the block. (They look like little pencil scribblings.)
More tea, another book on cd. “It’ll be worth it, It’ll be worth it,” I mentally chant…
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