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Work in Progress

Palm fronds
Gelli plate print
from hand-cut stencil

Work in progress.  Under construction.  Delayed. 

Sometimes that’s all there is. Nothing is finished. Projects are at a standstill waiting for something.  That’s my story this week.  It’s frustrating, but I know that eventually I’ll finish and check off several things at the same time.  

This week I cut another three-part stencil based on an abstraction of palm frond and printed some tests with the Gelli plate.  It was cold in the studio in the mornings, so I moved some projects into another room.  I started sewing a bag but put it aside waiting for a hardware order to work its way through customs from Canada.

Bag fabric waiting for hardware

I started fitting a muslin for a french jacket and realized I didn’t know what I was doing so had to stop and study.  

Dreaming of a jacket beyond my skill level

 

Making a muslin for the french jacket

 

In the meantime, there were computer problems that I don’t have resolved yet. 

So there it is.  Lots of action, not much progress.   Hope your work is going more smoothly!

 

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Boots

 

Boots 3 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 3
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 2 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 2
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 1 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 1
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

I’m back to Gelli plate printing this week. As you know by now, I like painting South Carolina’s state tree, the Sabal palmetto. For today’s experiment, I decided to use a drawing of the boots on the trunk of a palmetto tree from my travel journal as inspiration.

I started with this small (6×4”) drawing and enlarged it on my scanner. Then I cut a three-part stencil. I made a stencil for the background, blocking out the silhouette of the tree. I cut two other stencils for medium and dark values, allowing for some overlap, and planned to leave some of the white of the paper, giving me 3 values in the trunk.

Palmetto Boots from travel journal 6x4" Watercolor ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Palmetto Boots
from travel journal
6×4″ Watercolor
©2017 Lucinda Howe

I printed several of these pieces today using the Gelli plate and acrylic paints. Each one is different depending on the colors and the order of printing. I may embellish some of these with ink drawing before I’m finished. The 3 prints above are my favorites so far.

 

Work in progress Gelli prints drying on studio floor ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Gelli prints drying on studio floor
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress Gelli prints drying on studio floor ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Gelli prints drying on studio floor
©2018 Lucinda Howe

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Rearranging

Emerald Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print with Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe $125

Emerald Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print with Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe

I hope you are enjoying your holidays in whatever way you celebrate.  I spent a quiet afternoon in my studio moving sewing aside and setting up art supplies to do some Gelli plate printing.  My favorite thing about making art is being able to move from one medium to another whenever I get bored with what I’m doing.  

Gelli plate printing uses stencils, masks, drawing tools, and layering to make one-of-a-kind prints.  Emerald Palmetto is part of a series of images of our state tree in different colorways.  The emerald color in the background represents growth, reflection, peace and balance… my wish for all of us in the new year.

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Thanksgiving

Holiday Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli plate monotype with Sharpie marker ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Holiday Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli plate monotype with Sharpie marker
©2016 Lucinda Howe

On this holiday week, I’m giving thanks for (among many other things) family, home, health, art, and trees.  What’s on your gratitude list?   Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

 

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Emerald Palmetto

Emerald Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print with Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe $125

Emerald Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print with Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$125

Emerald Palmetto is the fifth in my series of monotypes of palmetto trees. Each image is similar to the others, but has unique colors and textures due to the unpredictability of the process.

The emerald color in the background represents growth, reflection, peace and balance… qualities that seem to be much needed in today’s world. 

Each piece of this series of monotypes is matted in a white mat to fit into a standard 10×8 inch frame.  $125 each. Click here to purchase.

 

Gelli plate monotypes 7x5 inches matted to fit 10x8 inch frame Available on Daily Paintworks

Gelli plate monotypes
7×5 inches
matted to fit 10×8 inch frame
$125 each, click here to purchase 

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Green and Brown Palmetto

Green and Brown Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print and Sharpie ©2015 Lucinda Howe

Green and Brown Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print and Sharpie
©2015 Lucinda Howe

The warm weather in South Carolina this week inspired me to continue my series of palmetto trees.  Layering the stencils and varying the colors make each piece unique. 

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January Palmetto

January Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print and Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe

January Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print and Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Happy New Year to you!  

I haven’t been making much “serious art” (whatever that means) during the holidays.  Too many distractions, you know?  I did spend a few hours in the studio playing with stencils and gelli plate printing.   This palmetto and the ones I posted the last two weeks were made by combining three hand-cut stencils in positive and negative shapes with Sharpie marker drawing.  I like how the pieces are different, but they  form a series.  

It was nice to have a fun project with low expectations and freedom to experiment. 

The materials are still laid out in the studio, and I believe it will be easy to get back in the groove in the studio this week.

How do you keep the creative energy simmering and ready to go during times of distraction?  Please add your comments in the section below.  Happy art making!

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Happy New Year!

New Year Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print and Sharpie ©2016 Lucinda Howe

New Year Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print and Sharpie
©2016 Lucinda Howe

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and artful new year!

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Happy Holidays!

Holiday Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli plate monotype with Sharpie marker ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Holiday Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli plate monotype with Sharpie marker
©2016 Lucinda Howe

Wishing you Peace, Hope, and Love

throughout the holiday season

and the new year!

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Wildacres Walls

Wall #1 4x6 inches Acrylic Gelli plate print on paper from hand-cut foam stamp, embellished with ink and oil pastel ©2016 Lucinda Howe NFS

Wall #1
4×6 inches
Acrylic Gelli plate print on paper from hand-cut foam stamp, embellished with ink and oil pastel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
NFS

During the week of July 11-18, 2016, I was artist in residence at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains. The residency consists of the use of a private cabin and meals in the dining hall for the week. My project was to learn more about Gelli plate printing using inspiration from the area. I am deeply grateful to the Blumenthal Foundation and the staff at Wildacres for the opportunity to learn and grow in such a verdant and peaceful environment.

Gelli Plate printing is a process of creating monotypes without a press. Stencils, stamps, and rubber-tip tools add texture. Printing one layer over another adds depth. The results are unpredictable. It’s possible to create finished works of art by this process, but in the learning stage, my efforts are mostly collage fodder.

The grounds of Wildacres provided much inspiration. Looking for signature details and texture, I focused on the amazing stone walls. Each wall has a different design. Some are rough and rustic and others are smooth and tightly fitted. There must have been a dozen masons building over the years, each working in a unique style.

After making photos and drawings of several walls, I cut stencils and foam stamps to use in the printing process. I applied two colors of acrylic paint to a 6x6 inch Gelli Plate with a brayer.

After making photos and drawings of several walls, I cut stencils and foam stamps to use in the printing process. I applied two colors of acrylic paint to a 6×6 inch Gelli Plate with a brayer.

 

I added texture with a hand-made foam stamp and a rubber-tip tool.

I added texture with a hand-made foam stamp and a rubber-tip tool.

 

I pressed a piece of paper over the plate with a brayer and pulled the print.

I pressed a piece of paper over the plate with a brayer and pulled the print.

 

I pulled a second "ghost" print to lift the remaining paint.

I pulled a second “ghost” print to lift the remaining paint.

 

The results of the two pulls are very different.   Sometimes the ghost print is closer to the effect I want.

The results of the two pulls are very different.   Sometimes the ghost print is closer to the effect I want.

I’m still experimenting with this process and will show more in next week’s post. I can also see that it will take a while to integrate this new process into my regular art practice. In the meantime, it’s fun to be learning something new! And so may it be for you.

Sections of Walls Gelli plate prints with hand-cut stencils and stamps

Sections of Walls
Gelli plate prints with hand-cut stencils and stamps

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