Scotland and My New Print!

Greetings, fellow art lovers and art makers! And a very happy 2016 to all of you! Reflecting back on 2015, I can honestly say my artistic and other life paths were more integrated than ever before. I was able to bring my creativity into my job at the library almost on a weekly basis. At the same time, my own artwork evolved and is feeling more personal all the time.

Also, I have begun to create with more ease and less of a need to “please” or appeal to anyone other then myself. In that vein, I hope to continue to make more personal artwork and work that challenges and pushes in new directions while staying true to who I am in this moment. I am also committed to finding new venues to get my work “out there,” which has become a struggle for me since I began my job. I would also like to do more writing, too, so stay tuned for more artwork and more art and book reviews right here on the blog!

To start off, I want to share a few pics from my trip over the holidays to Scotland. My husband and I stayed in Edinburgh for three days and then took a tour through the Highlands over Christmas.

As always, we checked out some art galleries. Here, a couple of my favorite pieces from the National Gallery of Scotland:

 

Wandering Shadows, by Peter Graham
Wandering Shadows, by Peter Graham

 

David Cameron , Strathearn, etching
D. Y. Cameron , Strathearn, etching (from The Spirit of Line exhibition featuring Scottish artist Cameron’s prints)

These pieces at the National Gallery prepped me for the amazing landscapes we would be seeing on our tour.

The Three Sisters, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands
The Three Sisters, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

 

Looking for Nessie!
Looking for Nessie!

 

"Mixed Clans" grave marker at Culloden Battle Field
“Mixed Clans” grave marker at Culloden Battle Field

 

Clava Cairn at Balnuaran of Clava (Bronze Age ceremonial henge and cairns)
Clava Cairn at Balnuaran of Clava (Bronze Age ceremonial henge and cairns near Inverness)

And guess what? I tried the haggis! I have to say it was pretty good, especially the gourmet version from No. 1 High Street in Edinburgh:

haggis

 

At some point in the week, the gray skies and sweeping hills got into my blood or something because when I came home, I really wanted to make a print inspired by our time there.

A while back, I ordered Gomuban relief printing plates, just to give them a try. Gomuban comes from Japan and it’s easier to get crisp detail with it than ordinary linocut material. On the downside, with the dim light and short days, I had a little bit of a hard time seeing what I was carving. When I turned on the lights, there was a glare, so that didn’t help much.

But I got it done and I loved how well they printed up. The plates have a lot of rubbery give, so they printed very evenly.

And the finished product:

I am toying with the idea of adding just a little purple watercolor to the thistles on a couple of these. I will post pictures if I try that.

As always, you can find this and more of my artwork on my Etsy page.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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