"The first 9 tips were amazing, but the 10th blew my mind!"
Don't you just hate cynical blog posts that promise so much and then deliver so little!
We both know that there are no rules that guarantee better artistic composition. Where would the fun be in that?
Regular readers will have twigged to the fact that I have become obsessed with lino-cutting in the past month or so. It's literally all I think about at the moment. Ha ha. Such are the burdens of madness. In trying to learn this new skill it's made me think about all manner of things. I'm going to share some of my thoughts with you right now...
I was inspired to try my hand at lino-cutting after seeing some fantastic artwork in a book I bought recently by Roger Butler called "Melbourne Woodcuts and Linocuts of the 1920's and 1930's". The 20s and 30s seems to have been a magical time for lino-cut and there are a number of names of this era that are sticking out for me. One in particular is Claude Flight. I won't talk too much about Claude right now, but see this screenshot from wikipedia; I've been intrigued by a certain phrase in there:
"Linoleum cut technique - the potentiality of a truly democratic art form"
What on earth is this meant to mean?
Perhaps this is a reference to how accessible lino-cutting is to the masses being relatively cheap to get up and running? Perhaps it is a reference to the fact that lino-prints can be mass-produced and everybody can have their own personal copy? I forget where I read it, but I recall an assertion that lino-prints should be cheap to buy because they are cheap to make. Perhaps it is about cost? Perhaps it a reference to the hard-arsed guerrilla artists that practice this grave and nimble craft, who smash down the class divides on a daily basis and laugh in the face of Bourgeoisie convention? :-)
Perhaps it is all of these things?
Whatever it means, I love it and I am inspired!
Hold on! I've just discovered that Gravestone Rubbing is a thing!
Perhaps I can combine a couple of passions in one activity? Ha ha. Don't tempt me.
Here I am reprinting a couple of my pictures. I want to try framing one to see what they look like in frames.
Here are a few words on negative space by John Suler. I feel a little bit like Grasshopper reading this account. I love the quote at the end. I couldn't put it better if I tried. Well done John!
Inspiration is everywhere!
I'll just plonk this here for you. Oh wow!