I decided to take a short break from the speedball pen architecturals to refresh my eyes. I find if I work on the same kind of art piece repeatedly, at some point I start to feel stale and uninspired. These little projects help prevent that and give me variety in my etsy store.
Recently I read a young adult’s book named “Wonder” for my book group and there was brief use of the phrase “choose kindness” in it. It struck me as a good way to live life in general. I have never done a linocut using words before and thought this might be the one. It actually took a lot more effort on my part to create this than I anticipated. Originally, I sketched out the words horizontally. I played and played around with the background and nothing was happening for me. Then I went into the bathroom off of my studio to wash my hands (dark chocolate isn’t enough inspiration you say?), and looked at the shower curtain. It had vertical flowers on it and it suddenly occurred to me that the orientation was wrong. It needed to be a vertical piece, not a horizontal one. Sure enough, after I resized the words using the computer copy feature, I was quickly able to finish a design. Funny how long it took me to realize what I needed to do. I definitely don’t have the skills of a graphic artist who probably could have decided a lot faster what to do. In any case, I’m happy with the results, and it’s off to list it.
I have two more Germany photos I can use for the speedball art, so that’s probably what is up next.