you can change mediums, but you can't change me

Hello invisible readers, me again, your favorite neighborhood artist. 

A couple weeks ago I realized that I had not produced a physical piece of art (aka something someone would want to buy even if they weren't blind-folded). So I decided to change that, I would commit myself to making new pieces and to keep it interesting I would choose a completely new medium to work in.

How did I go about picking a medium you ask? Well, shocking as it is I am not a knower-all-things-artistic. Its true. But, I do know what I find aesthetically pleasing: simplicity, boldness and practicality. When I thought of those guidelines I came up with printmaking. 

Its old fashioned, out-of-date (which a hipster like me loves), and requires a lot of hands-on work. Printmaking is me in an art form. 

And that is how my adventure began...I went to my favorite art store, Nevada Fine Arts and got all set with my tools and began carving. My first carving was on rubber, which I learned is not my cup of tea. As a person who is "mistake-prone", something that is so easy to carve like rubber, gave  me no room for error. So it was back to the store for linoleum. Now linoleum on the other hand is much harder to carve and takes much more time but it allows for more mess-ups. Since I don't have any other hobbies this was a perfect match for me. 

So I made my carvings, cool, now I needed ink. Back to the store. Well I first went for bright colors, blue, red, whatever. In all honestly I was picking randomly. It wasn't until I decided to give black a try that I was like "wow, I would hang this up in my house bro". So I made prints, and more prints, enough to fill my dinning room table, enough to fill the whole world (not really, this is an exaggeration).

And now here I am, tackling a new medium all in about the span of a week and a half. What can I say? I'm insane. 

Now I feel like I have to give a disclaimer, no I will not be doing only carvings of vegetables until the day I die. This was just a four-part series I was doing that featured an artichoke, a turnip, a corn on the cob and three asparagus. Sounds like the start of a joke, right? I already have my next series lined up....insects! But if you have any other ideas of what you would like to see let me know! I'd love to hear from the invisible people.

Have you ever experimented in printmaking and want to talk shop? Hit me up.

Have you always been drawn to the beauty of vegetables and want to cook together (I make a mean vegetarian curry)? Hit me up. 

Do you want to buy some prints (HECK YES YOU DO)? Hit me up. 

Artichokes in an Existential Crisis , 2018, Ink on Paper, 19.5" x 25.5" 

Artichokes in an Existential Crisis, 2018, Ink on Paper, 19.5" x 25.5" 

Artichoke in Process I , 2018, Linoleum Block

Artichoke in Process I, 2018, Linoleum Block

Turnip in Process I , 2018, Linoleum Block and Red Ink on Paper, 6" x 8"

Turnip in Process I, 2018, Linoleum Block and Red Ink on Paper, 6" x 8"

Artichoke and Turnip in Process I , 2018, Linoleum Block and Black Ink on Paper, 6" x 8"

Artichoke and Turnip in Process I, 2018, Linoleum Block and Black Ink on Paper, 6" x 8"