This is the view from my front door today. If you're a great fan of grey and neutral tones you may appreciate this. I however, need some colour therapy to cope with winter. I don't really mind the cold so much as the lack of colour. I'm sure I could learn a lot from the stark shapes and negative spaces of a Canadian winter, but I'd rather look at really bright mittens and scarves. Thankfully the bus I drive is bright yellow. Have you noticed how much more colour there is when the sun shines? To combat the weather, I've been hiding in my basement printmaking. I've reprinted "Everyday Magic" on brown stonehenge paper and a steel blue Japanese Tatami paper. Which colour combination do you like best?
I've also finished another new print and I'm just waiting for it to dry before photographing it. More colour on the way!
“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.”
It's true. Colour is the best medicine....that and getting out for a little exercise once in a while, but colour is much more fun!
After months of reading the pros and cons of various printing inks I finally took the plunge and ordered these Daniel Smith water soluble relief inks and I'm so thrilled with them. They come in large tubes so you don't have to worry about a film forming on the top. They dry permanent but wash up with soap and water. The transparent medium allows me to thin the colours so they layer wonderfully. These are my first experiments. They'rere hot off the press and I haven't named them yet. I've suppose I should think of something more inventive than "Bowls". But right now I'm going back to the studio because I've finally found my one true ink and I've got that thrill you get from a new relationship!
© Laurel Martin 2010