It's been a while! Again!
It's crazy that it's almost August. I took a much needed trip while the COVID19 numbers have dropped, and I visited my friends in the GTA. Time away from the house-and-studio amalgamation was extremely liberating and helpful. We mostly stayed indoors but I did get some supplies for my practice, all the while ensuring social distancing.
I don't intend this post to be that long, and honestly that's how they're gonna be this point forward, unless I have to vomit all my thoughts about a certain topic. I kept a weekly schedule up for half a year and I think now I'll just be writing only if I feel a lot has happened after a period of silence. This time I've been mostly preoccupied with tasks unrelated to art, aside from the trip I had. Now that I'm back a feel a lot less cornered.
However! I'm experiencing issues with Adobe and can't proceed with digital stuff, which is unfortunate. The time it will take to resolve it is up in the air so I'll be following someone's suggestion and use an open source illustration program instead, which very well might suit my needs better. It may have a learning curve but I'm not sure. It'd be a good idea to post my experience on my stories, just so that you get something to see, maybe even pick up yourself. My thoughts on Adobe have always been negative, but I begrudgingly admit that their programs make everything easier.
I bought some more rubber silicone to make replicas of more wax-sculptures, but just in small supply. It's a different type of silicone so it'll be interesting to see how it behaves and how well it reads detail. I also visited a tool shop reserved for metal casting/jewelry to take a look at their dremel bits and bring some home. They will be incredibly helpful for coldworking glass and vitreograph plates.
Remember when I had the Lonely Hydra laser-engraved? I still have it, it's the only remaining plate since the others shattered. I considered returning back to that with all the tools I acquired and printing one last time. As it is, the image is not deep enough to hold too much ink, but I'm thinking some more texture work on it would be very interesting.
I still intend to print plates I've made over the years and I still plan to do another batch of “Vessel”. It seems like that one is a very successful piece, as it was accepted into two shows! It feels like a win and it makes me very happy. I've mentioned that it's been accepted to TOMPE2020, which will open July 29th, but it has also been accepted into Miniprint Kazanlak, which will take place August 27th. I sent the package out for Bulgaria on Monday and I'm hoping the Priority shipping reaches them in time. It was a bit dicey since the address was hard to translate and I had some limited information... fingers crossed!!
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So there, a bit a news and what's going on now. I don't know when the next post will be but I will probably have collected some progress shots for you, anything that I'll post to my Instagram or Facebook. I hope you guys are doing well and taking care out there!