June 29, 2012
On the artist front, a complete re-do was in order for the current project. So many details made me unhappy with it. I think I over-did the beadwork, the size and scale was wrong, the posterization of the photo created a muddy-coloured image with skin too dark and ugly rusty brown. My latest printer acquisition has proven to be quite the bear for me to manage. It drinks ink like nothing I've ever witnessed in my life. I think I can count on fingers and not have to move to toes the number of images I've printed since making the purchase, yet it required three new and separate coloured ink cartridges to keep working. Then I had to spend an hour with Google trying to find someone, anyone, other than the goobers at Epson that could help with a printer selection issue. After I got it to understand I wanted to print on a single canvas (by telling it I was printing on a roll of velvet art paper, go figure), it ate a canvas. The beast sucked it in, sounded like it was printing, then mooshed it back and forth inside and stopped. The entire canvas was inside the printer with no escape hatch. A few choice words and whack later, I retrieved the almost usable canvas. Almost. I only had to print three to get what I wanted.
Again, I am not a good photographer and have a mediocre camera (I'd like to blame the camera more than the photographer, but I think I'd be lying), but here it is so far. This is not assembled, just resting loosely together in the sun for the photo op. I should note that I was inspired to stitch on the photo after seeing the work of artist Hagar Van Heummen (not sure I've spelled that correctly) whom I discovered on Pinterest. Neat stuff.
Tomorrow I get a break from the heat and the studio, joining my charming husband for a day of art in Laguna Beach. It's that time of year! I hope to revisit some of my favourite local artists and maybe pick up a new little something for the house, along with some inspiration and motivation.