January 30, 2014

New Prints, Cardboard and Potato

Contained Triangles, ink on Akatosashi paper; paper size 22 x 22, image size 12 x 12 in.; ed. 3

My two most recent cardboard prints had images that broke the rectangle (see here and here), so I thought it'd be fun to stay inside the box this time. I had the idea to use triangles that would touch the edges of a square and did lots of thumbnail sketches and color studies until I came up with this composition.

Contained Triangles image

Each triangle touches the edge with two of its points, and they have a feeling of spinning around a center. I chose to print with a dark reddish color on a dark paper; looking at the print now, I think that if I'd used a light, bright color the mood would be very different, less weighty and more buoyant; but there's an edginess to the dark that I like. 

Untitled 48, ink on Gampi smooth paper, 12 1/2 x 11 in.

After finishing the cardboard prints I made some potato prints, as I usually do. It's a good way to use leftover ink and paper. Often before starting to work on these, I feel less than enthusiastic, wondering if I should continue with the series. I think I don't have anything new or interesting to say with them, but....I give myself a little push and start working and soon get into the swing of it. I guess it's the improvisational aspects of these prints that makes me nervous.

Untitled 49, ink on Twinrocker paper, 2 panels each 15 x 6 1/2 in. 

I have no plan, though I do cut the potatoes in a few shapes that I will use for that session. The day I worked on these prints, I tried out my new set of round biscuit cutters in different sizes.

Untitled 50, ink on Twinrocker paper, 7 x 7 1/2 in.

Untitled 51, ink on Twinrocker paper, 7 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.

So the theme of the day was circles.

Untitled 52, ink on Gampi smooth paper, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. 

Maybe I was thinking about spring?

Untitled 53, ink on Gampi smooth paper, 2 panels each 12 1/5 x 10 3/4 in.

For this final piece I worked with small rectangles. I did one panel at first, but wasn't satisfied with it so tried again with a similar composition. Then I thought that maybe the variation on a theme works as a diptych, musical notes across the pages. There are aspects of form, and their relation to empty space, that I explore only while making potato prints, so perhaps that it enough to keep doing them.


  1. The potato prints really speak to me. So wonderful that you can share them on the blog. I especially like #49 and 53. Very interesting to follow your journey. I have experienced a similar trajectory, perhaps not with such precision!