September 20, 2014

Subdued Passion

 Passion Flower
reduction linocut in 10 colours
7.5 x 9.5 inches

So we had our summer holidays a couple of weeks ago and I managed to get in enough art time to finish the print I've been working on.  Sure feels good. Specially since I wasn't expecting much time at home because we were planning a camping trip this year.

We had a destination in mind...a very scenic part of BC...we had our supplies ready. This was going to be the trip we'd planned to go on last year, also in September, a trip we didn't end up taking because, last August, we got a new puppy Rat Terrier.  Only a couple of weeks after we got her we realized that energetic untrained puppies and camping in the woods might not be the best mix. So we promised ourselves we'd go this year instead.

We took another week off earlier this summer and stole some time from house chores for a brief overnight adventure at a local provincial park, just to introduce the dog to the camping idea.  We had a great time, did some hiking, took lots of photos, and even got in a swim.  It was a short but wonderful trip and we were really looking forward to a longer one.  Well at this point you can probably see where this is heading right?  If you're guessing we didn't actually make that camping trip this year either, you're bang on.  And why didn't we go this year? 

Déjà vu. We're back in the land of puddles on the floor and little surprises left in room corners. Some half-formulated ideas, some tentative discussions, a string of coincidences, and on the Thursday night before the week of our planned camping vacation we brought home Rat Terrier number two. Our current female dog's little brother: a year (less a day) younger. They say that ratties are like Lay's potato chips and you can't have just one.  I guess it's true.  Or, as I jokingly told Nora, she was just such a huge personality that it took two dogs to replace her when she moved out.  HA!

Once again we postponed the camping trip.  Next year for sure. On the plus side, staying home gave me time to print and that was maybe what I needed too. Here are the last few stages as the print came together. 

colour 7
colour 8

colour 9


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