More color for the still life print

More color

More color

As I said last time, I wanted to add more watercolor to the still life linocut.  I did like the starker black and red, but it felt like it still needed something.  I made two of the heavier paper prints and decided to throw caution to the winds on one.  Originally I thought to just add some mossy green behind the plant, but then I decided to use yellow ocher as a base first.  I’m glad I did.  It seems much warmer to me.  Now I’m not so sure about the original print.  I also wonder if I shouldn’t put a bit more shading on the teapot now.  What do you think?

I don’t really consider myself a graphic artist so in some ways the linocuts are really hard for me.  At least the way I do them, they seem more graphic than traditionally fine art.  I wish I could do more delicate work like some beautiful prints that I have seen, but that’s not where I am right now.  Mostly I am working with positive/negative space on these which has always been a focus in my ink work.

I have always wished I had had more graphic art training.  For many years, graphic art was not looked on as “real art” because it was usually work for hire, but when you think about it, the Old Masters were commercial artists too.  If they were lucky, they worked for rich patrons and often created specific pieces for them.  I don’t know when the idea that art had to be suffered for to have value came in, but it has done a great disservice to many wonderful and creative people.  Worked hard for, yes, but a necessarily ruinous life, no.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DixCutler
    May 26, 2013 @ 13:27:46

    I like it. Love the warm tones and the boldness.

    Totally agree that the idea one must starve to be creative is ridiculous (although the way my etsy sales have dropped off, it’s sadly true!).

    PS – I finally took the plunge:


    • ruthsartwork
      May 26, 2013 @ 13:35:56

      Thanks, Dix. I think I like it better now. My etsy sales have been slow too, although I did sell my first prints and cards recently. Nice surprise. Since you decided to take the plunge with the rest of us, I’ll put in a link from here. I’ve had way more fun with my blog than I ever dreamed of.


  2. Cindy D.
    May 27, 2013 @ 12:52:55

    Well, I wish I had more fine art AND more graphic art training, but we manage as we can! I think there is a lot of bias against graphic/commercial work. I work in markers, which is far below painting to many people, it seems!

    The colors are warmer though dark, but I think that’s just the photo because those gray areas are probably white? A very interesting study. Someone may see it and think it would be just perfect for their kitchen color scheme!


    • ruthsartwork
      May 27, 2013 @ 18:40:31

      I think there is a bias against graphic arts, too, Cindy. I love your marker work. It is so creative.

      Your monitor may be showing it a bit darker than it is. The greys you see are white indeed. I may still decide to add some depth to the teapot.


  3. lesliepaints
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 22:27:10

    I like your linocuts no matter what you do with them. I just “get into” the idea that these images were cut from a block with a knife.
    The other thing I like about this post is your last paragraph. I have no idea why art has to be suffered for either. Good for you for blogging this statement.


    • ruthsartwork
      Jun 03, 2013 @ 09:17:44

      Thanks, Leslie. I have fun with them. It makes me think of positive/negative space for the original and then I can just have fun with the colors.

      I think perhaps that graphic art has gotten a little bit more respect lately. If you watch the antique shows, some works are commanding money these days. I do remember that in college, graphic art was on par with realism for value – not much, but a necessary evil to the “real” art community. I think that with the internet, people can now see and buy things that appeal to them for reasonable prices, bypassing fashionable and spreading the fun for everyone. At least we have a chance nowdays. LOL


  4. Kathryn Tilley
    Jun 06, 2013 @ 13:03:23

    Love your linocut. I like the boldness of the work, it forces design to the forefront.


    • ruthsartwork
      Jun 06, 2013 @ 13:29:02

      Thanks, Kathryn. Linocuts force me to think in terms of positive and negative space which I like. The color is just for fun. I like your Asian themed art. I wish I could work with those brushes.


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