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Block Print Bonanza 


As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working away on a new series of Block Prints inspired by themes and imagery in the Bible. I’ve been focusing primarily on animals and plants of significance. 

So far I have done the classic Lion and Lamb, Eden tree Pomegrantes, Soul Mates, Sparrow and a Honey Bee. 

Here’s a peak at these new blocks and two test print and reveals.

You can see lots more of these by following me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/milke.amanda/

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I haven’t decided what to do next so it will be a surprise for both of us ūüėČ

Once the print run is done I’ll be listing the prints for sale in my etsy shop and by direct message. What’s your favorite so far?

Cheers!

Amanda 

Artistic excavation 


As I was hunting through the studio over the weekend looking for something else, I came across my stash of block printing supplies and thought I was long overdue for a new run of prints. 

So I spent the weekend carving out some blocks. Here’s a look at the new pieces, I have a few more in the planning stages that I hope to carve out soon and then maybe this coming weekend I’ll have time to do a print run.


Thanks for checking things out.

Cheers,

Amanda 

Happy Tree vs Trashy Tree


So I saw this today
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/parisandaround/11169917/Paris-sex-toy-sculpture-causes-a-stir.html

And was reminded yet again why I get so frustrated with the Modern/Abstract art community.

First off the next person that gasps and calls my art risk√© is getting a list of MUCH more evocative pieces than mine and told to suck it up, because I am positively conservative in comparison…you know who you are!

Secondly, artists like McCarthy frustrate me. Didn’t you study Art History? Duchamp made his point with his “Fountain” now move on, learn from it and stop peddling crap (in some cases literally).

Just because it worked for Margritte does not mean you can pull it off especially when the piece you are trying to re-create is giant, bright green and clearly resembles a sex toy. “Ceci N’est pas une…” Um yes, yes it is.

I’m sure the Slap Happy Parisian was just trying help Mr McCarthy snap  back to reality.

As good old Shakespeare said
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”….
Hmm wait, You say “Tree”, I say “Sex toy”…it’s still a Potato.

The other trouble with pieces like “Tree” and many, many others like it is that they cause the non Art community to question the value of Art as a discipline, especially a government funded one that will cause lil Timmy to have grand thoughts of someday creating giant inflatable sex toys and sticking them in the middle of a major city and also tends to add fodder to the grand debate to cut Arts from schools altogether.

So just a thought, for future reference (and to keep the non-Art community off our backs,) the next time you want to evoke the whole identity switcheroo you aim for subtly.

For example

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How about a giant inflatable Green Lego Tree called “Sex Toy” ūüėČ

If nothing else, Bob Ross might rest better knowing that “in our world there lives a happy little tree”.

So Tired.


Today was a long day at work and I didn’t feel like creating anything very complex, colorful or time consuming.

Instead, I went for a simple noise reduced, black and white piece.
I’ve called it: “Quiet snowfall”

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Spreading my branches


Thankfully it’s Saturday and I had a decent nights rest.

Which means I’m back to creating stuff.

Here’s a mixed medium piece I just finished.

I dunno what to call it asides from the obvious.

So for now, here’s a tree.

It’s not spectacular but it is a warm up for the day.

Tree

And a video from the Cranberries.

More to come soon, (I hope ūüôā

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