I’ve been thinking about our drawing challenge: abundance for the whole week.
I asked Robbie what he thought of abundance and he suggested I ask a few friends and get the first thing which comes to their mind and then make something out of that. “OK”, I said, “what’s the first thing you think of?” “Breasts!!!” he said. 😀 Then I asked Chloe and she said, “a huge bouquet of flowers.” Hmm…a lady with an abundance of breasts holding an abundance of flowers…(slaps forehead with palm)…not off to a good start. LOL
So I went up into my recently cleaned up studio, where I was playing with my stamps and wondering why I draw and carve animals looking left, and remembered I started carving a little linocut with a little wren looking right…because…why not break a habit I didn’t even know I had?
Originally I cut this lino block in half and then forgot what I meant to do with it, but then I remembered. What if I could treat a linocut like a stamp of sorts and mix and match the pieces?
Now, I’m not that great at lino cutting, (not enough practice), but when I took the first printing from the bottom half I was really pretty pleased with myself.
And pretty soon the art table had some nice prints, plus the original stamped inspiration papers. I love that there’s no one around telling me that I can or can’t do it this or that way. I have a limited amount of inks and first I used a brown, then squished some blue for the second print, then some purple for the third…etc. I love the mix of colours much better than the straight out of the tube colours.
Then I carved the top part of the stamp, and inked that too.
Then I chose the prints I liked the best and printed the top part with the branch lino.
I think I like this one the most. Then I used a little red acrylic paint and coloured in the berries.
And here we are! My drawing challenge: abundance. I love this image. It represents that kind of tending the land which produces abundance for everyone. The farmer tends the fields and provides for his family and tends a hedgerow for the keeping of all the wild creatures.
I hope you come join in 😀