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At the weekend …

September 21, 2015

At the weekend I attended a drypoint and collagraph workshop.  I was hoping to learn another printing method that I might use with my lino cut; but that seems that will not to be so easy.  

So, I am in a bit of a dilemma; this however is not an unusual state for me; as you know.    

During the last couple of years or so I have found the new methods of printing overwhelming so I have adopted some and discarded others.  The decision making can be painful or a welcome relief; but neither happens easily. I have to consider time, cost and ability.   

Drypoint and collagraph is quite different to lino cut and will require different tools and materials.  Then there is the time; perfecting these new found skills will not come overnight.  

Then, there is for me the question:  When does one’s mish mash of learning material becomes one’s style and able to show it confidently without having to add ‘’ work in progress’’ ?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura Bloomsbury permalink
    September 21, 2015 9:51 am

    that question about when a mish mash of learning material becomes one’s style is relevant to all of us . We sample so many things and end up with too many balls in the air or works in progress. Personally I always enjoy seeing what you are trying out and works in progress will become your work when you decide what you love the most

  2. zenschoolforcreatives permalink
    September 21, 2015 11:58 pm

    I absolutely love these Helen! With regards to your style, it very well may be that your style is always evident despite the medium used and you may not be aware of that. My teacher constantly asks the class “Can you overcome the abstract challenge of making an image succeed?” In other words, am I thinking too hard? When I accepted the fact that the work would actually be a by product of the process not a preconceived idea, I was set free. The only thing I strive for these days is ambiguity. Then the viewer spends more than the usual 3 seconds looking at my work. I like the gap in thought from when he first sees the work and then begins to become an active participant in the work and formalize his perception. Well done!

    • September 22, 2015 6:50 am

      Thank you very much for these kind words … very assuring x


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