16" x 16" painted papers collage on wc paper
One of the things I struggled with, besides selecting the values I wanted, was the mix of prints. I have this idea that a variety of scale is important. So, I had to arrange things so that I had a good variety but also that I had the color and value that I thought was appropriate. I always have some idea too about color relationships and proportion. I know that making art can be spontaneous and emotional but the above "cerebral" things are what drive my initial efforts. I suppose really that it is the colors I select which contain the emotional components of art making.
In other news, we seem to have an abundance of critters on our property this summer. We have what can be either voles or gophers. I am leaning towards voles based on the pictures on the Internet and the fact that there was a dead one outside my studio window a few days ago. I got to see him sort of up close. Dead animals freak me out a little so I didn't look too carefully but I am fairly sure he was a vole. (I gave him a burial out by the oak tree at lunchtime.) We also have some coyotes possibly living/relaxing on our hillside. They are young and very yippy. There have also been a lot of quail this year. The little ones are as big as tennis balls and very cute. None of it can be helped. We live in the country, there was a lot of rain this year and I suspect that everyone multiplied accordingly. The good news though is that the wasps seem to be not as prevalent as they have been in years past. Thank God for small mercies!
OK, off to do some mono printing and prepping of surfaces for more collage. I have let up on my studio time as of late so things progress kind of slowly around here. Hope everyone is having a good week so far. Thanks for reading and commenting.