I don’t know how Thomas Edison did it. Popular lore claims that he discovered 1000 ways to not create a light bulb before he achieved illumination. I’ve been experimenting with encaustic printmaking this fall, and while I have learned a great deal…let’s just say that I have not achieved my light bulb.
I received some nice news this week that one of my favorite prints, Breath Intertwined (a close-up view of two red bud leaves)was accepted as part of the 2015 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition. This print went to Boston last fall, and is currently at the 57th Mid-States Art Exhibition in Evansville, IN. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this print, and this encouraged me to do another up-close leaf print.
I haven’t posted new prints for a while, because I have been working on four at once. I am scheduled to have a show in the main gallery of the IVY Tech John Waldron Arts Center in December. After a recent visit I realized that there is a great deal of wall space! The more layers of ink that I use on each print, the longer that print takes to dry. So I’m alternating between four.
While this is very productive, I’m not finding this process has the same level of experimentation that I enjoy. So I’ve been looking for other areas of inspiration — and I’ve found them.
After my crush of spring and summer art shows, I was very grateful to have some time away from my home, studio and art tent. We are lucky to have family in western Montana and like to visit them during the two months of “high season” in July and August.
Rather than flying, my family loads our trusty van and treks west across some tremendously beautiful topography. My favorite area has always been North Dakota, where undulating yellow-green fields of rapeseed surround glacial lakes of amazingly dark blue water. Somehow driving gives me a different sense of the land than flying over it.