I have been progressing in my course, as planned, whilst my scheduled posts (with holiday drawings and experiments) have been published.
In the meantime, I’ve been having fun. For instance, using different printmaking techniques.
I didn’t achieve anything ‘exhibition-worthy’ or polished in any way. That wasn’t the plan. It was simply experimental work, testing what would happen when mixing different inks and different techniques.
After doing these works we had a session sharing our work with other classmates.
Some of them were a tad reserved about sharing their works. They needed a nudge to put them on the table.
Once on view, though, the works were amazing. It didn’t matter if they hadn’t achieved a particular result. They were beautiful regardless, and they offered ideas and inspiration to the rest of us.
Sometimes we are our worst critics. We stop speaking up in case we say the wrong thing. We stop taking risks for fear that someone will think we’re wasting our time. Or for fear that people won’t like the results.
Funny how sometimes keeping quiet, hiding our work only fosters the self-doubts. Not just in art, but in life.
My classmates seemed pleasantly surprised by the good reception of their work.
Anyhow, that incidence reminded me that I had something to share with you: my experimental prints. With some abstract-looking textures and colours. With some familiar objects used as stencils. Combined with shades broken by vertical shapes or diluted to create transparencies.
No meaning, no plan, just experimenting.
Thanks for reading this.