This is a photo of the Carrizo Plain in California. It came in an e-mail from A some weeks ago and I knew as soon as I saw it I'd have to try doing a print of it. Ambitious and terrifying.
Today, finally, after the time-consuming activities of the holidays and a week spent on cataloguing father's paintings in preparation for getting his website up and running SOON, I turned to trying to prepare my lino blocks for carving. Last week I figured out I'd have six colours but, when I tried to do a pencil colour sketch of the main areas, I got lost and ended up finding so many colours in the image it became daunting.
Plus, I haven't decided if I want to do a multi-block or a reduction print with this. I think a reduction would be more challenging (and would save on blocks) but would deffinitely take a different sort of planning out. So I decided I'd do a colour separation with Gimp first and then make up my mind. Nevermind that all I've done so far with Gimp is pretty much nothing. No surprise then that the colour-separation idea didn't get off the ground today. Instead, four hours later, I've made it through the basics chapter of Grokking the Gimp which, I can see already, is going to eat up the next few weeks of evenings. But at this point it's also too fascinating for me to stop. I'll probably still try to sketch out the different colour areas for this manually, but for now, I think I'm going to learn how to grokk.
And then there are all the other things. First, I want to water-colour a few of the Birdhouse prints. Second, I'm curious to try my new matt cutter and curious to see some of my old work matted. That's going to be a study in itself. Third, father's website -- six months in the works now and I really want to see it up and running.
Still, the reading I did on January 1st for this coming year was the best I've had in years and incredibly positive. Full of promise both creatively and otherwise. I have high hopes for what's ahead.