August 6, 2013

Some New Potato Prints

Untitled 31, ink on Twinrocker paper; 2 panels, each 15 x 7 1/8 in.

I worked on these prints during the same recent session that I made the cardboard print From a Yellow Circle. I had a lot of blue and yellow ink on my palette from that project, so I added the third primary, red, in order to have a wider range of color. Sometimes I want to keep things very simple, as with this diptych: just one circle per panel. I used the same piece of potato, cut into an approximate circle, for each panel, dipping them differently into the ink. Now here's a technical term: I schmooshed colors together. 

Untitled 31 detail

I realized it might be helpful to show some details of these prints. Here you can see the complexity of color, all chance happenings.

Untitled 32, ink on Twinrocker paper, 14 x 10 in.

This print began its life as a horizontal image, then I mistakenly overprinted the yellow circle and put the blue one too close to it. I happened to turn it vertically and thought it worked this way.

Untitled 33, ink on Twinrocker paper, 6 5/8 x 15 in.

Untitled 33, detail

Here, a bar and circle, a bar and triangle. I have a lot of tear-off pieces of paper from my drawings, which is why you see quite a few prints on Twinrocker paper. It's a handmade watercolor paper and I like its texture and weight for potato prints.

Untitled 34, ink on Nishinouchi paper, 20 x 14 in.

This piece might be a little too much like a smiley face, but if so, it's a wry, off kilter smile.

Untitled 35, ink on Masa dosa paper, 17 x 22 1/2 in.

Long shapes dipped into color curve and float down the sheet of paper, the darkest red adding weight at bottom.

Untitled 36, ink on Masa dosa paper, 15 1/4 x 10 3/4 in.

Untitled 36, detail

I think this is a little to Christmas-y, but I like the transparency of the triangles as they sit above the red line. 

I put the new prints up in the studio with a couple of earlier ones, and alongside some hooked wool drawings, to give a sense of their relative sizes. I think there's a similar sensibility, a feeling of playfulness, in the hooked wool drawings and potato prints.


  1. I absolutely love Untitled 31 - the simplicity, the balance, but not, and the smooshing! I also, like you am drawn to the translucency and scumbled (?) look of the paint especially in the green triangles.

    1. Thanks, Olga, I'm happy that you enjoy 31, and the qualities of the ink in these works.