Things have been quiet on the blog lately because I've been busy editing, sequencing, and printing photographs for a display at the SF Raw Discovery event, which was last night. I hadn't shown photos for quite a while before this event so I was quite nervous, plus, the event wasn't your typical gallery venue. There were all types of visual artists and vendors as well as music performers and a fashion show. It was so much fun! There was great interest and good questions about my work from many of the attendees and I even sold a few prints, which is always a good thing. Here's a peek into my preparations.
Editing photos before printing
Trimming the edges to be even
Making sure my layout is good
My final display. With the weathered wood, it was like I had created my own small forest.
I'm not really one for cooking but occasionally I do like to get my bake on. I had some great organic honey and this past weekend I decided to put it to use to make blondies, the non-chocolate version of brownies. I had to eliminate the chocolate chips the recipe called for so I threw in some multi-colored sprinkles instead and wound up with some great little honey cakes. They are delicious, though I'm a little biased, of course.
Our yard had nearly disappeared beneath all the weeds that were enjoying the Bay Area winter rain, so I decided to spend my Presidents' Day uncovering the garden I set up in the summer. There is still a lot of work to be done but I did manage to uncover the ground under the weeds and my garden plots are almost ready for planting. While weeding, I also discovered a snail, some happy Venus Flytraps, and a flowering succulent. Nothing like a few simple pleasures to make a hard day's work worthwhile.
Classes have started back up at City College and that means my Saturdays are once again full of printmaking and lino carving; it's wonderful! As usual, I'm carving trees, though this year is proving to be quite different from previous years. My new Flexcut carving tools mean I can carve more quickly and cleanly, leading to more graphic images. I'm trying to figure out how this fits into the rest of the series. Who knows, I may just have to start doing multi-block carvings...