I wasn’t really happy with the color print of the backyard studio, so I decided to redo it. Part of the problem I have been having with the prints I color is that the heavier paper is more textured and it is difficult to get an even print. I went to the local box craft store to see if I could find an acid free heavier paper without so much texture. They carried a pad of Strathmore acid free mixed media paper with a smoother finish that had possibilities. I bought it and made a couple of prints. Definitely it was easier. This one had better ink pickup on the whole than the more textured paper. It isn’t quite as absorbent as fast, but if I take it slower and allow the watercolors a chance to sink in and dry, it does work. I just think I need to practice with it some. Because the black is more consistent, the watercolors have a chance to pop the image more. I think I’ll keep trying it for the next few linocuts.
I had some new prints made from from my digital files this week, too. After the last few years of work, I have pretty much run the gamut of the usable photos from my old analog camera, so I went ahead and made a few from my digital files. It is so nice now that I can just look at my files and only print up the ones that turn out. I used to have to take rolls and rolls of film to make sure I got some good shots. It is certainly a lot cheaper too. I have some shots from a visit to an outdoor dinosaur museum in Kentucky off of I-65 that have the makings of a few little boy linocuts and also downtown shots from Jasper Indiana where I had the paintings in the art show last September. Maybe inspiration is striking again. Anyway, those projects will be up in next weeks.
On a totally different note, please indulge a little motherly pride. Our son ran in the 2015 USA Track and Field 100 mile National Championships in Texas on January 31. A long time runner, he placed 12th in the men’s championship field and 23rd overall out of a field of 367. Here is a link to our daughter-in-law’s blog with a picture. I also have her blog in my blogroll if you can’t use the link for some reason under Beth’s Healthy Lifestyle Blog. It is the previous post to the one up. https://treetoptrainingcultivation.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/endurance/