Saturday, 21 June 2008

Falling, feeling isolated and fed up with Pain

"Self" unique inkjet chine colle and woodcut/offset 2008

"What can you do with a drunken sailor , what can you do with a drunken sailor, what can you do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning !!" I don't know where there are any keyboard digits for musical notes but this must be surely how I appeared to C. as I crashed into the wall of our sitting room, as I caught my crutch on the chair and went crashing to the floor earlier on this evening.
Boy did it hurt. Fortunately there were no broken bones and as I said to C. - "Its OK, I'm alright"
However as the hours passed by, I realize well I am pretty sure that I an quite bruised and the pain in my back which was already pretty severe, got a lot worse. Took some more tablets but can't say that they make that much difference. But I thought I had better take some anyway.
Oh Yee Gawds, what ever shall yee fling my way next ??!!

Anyway ....that's the trouble when you have a weak leg and a crutch you are sometimes inclined to trip or almost trip or fall. I fell over the other day in the post office right in the door. Talk about a grand entrance. That one didn't hurt much at all. The people in the post office were so kind I was astounded the way everyone there came immediately over to help and make sure I was alright - a couple of blokes helped me up off the floor. I was pretty shook up though.

Well another day gone and nothing much achieved on the art front. I did buy some acrylic rubber stamp mounts, on Ebay though which was good. I was particularly pleased with them as they are larger than the wooden rubber stamp mounts that I bought a few weeks ago.

Well I have always wanted to get more into making and using rubber stamps in my work anyway. As with the singular etched plates, that I made to use in my installation for Sweden -- I like that I can have the possibility to just place an image here or there on an artwork almost like in "collage mode". I really do like to "build" an image as I go. Part of it, I think, is that I like to elucidate associations and form a narrative of sorts although it's nothing "literal".

I mean I have done the other approach where you "plan out" your image and then e.g. make two plates or use a digital background and then superimpose an etching on top.

The other way I have gone about making artwork is to create a mono-print background and then combine one element with another

Images included in this Post

I ought to mention that these are the prints which I sent to the 1st Yunnan International Print Exhibition in China. The show will be held at the Yunnan Museum in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, during the first 2 weeks of September. They sent an email inviting me so I decided to do it. There will be a catalog and prizes, there were no 'entry fees' involved. If only I was selected that would be great - might even fly over (ha ha!!)

As always - if you click on an image you get a larger version with details of the technique/title etc and of course a closer look!!


  1. So sorry to hear about your fall and the pain involved. Do hope it is all better soon. Meanwhile, the artwork is wonderful!

  2. Aine

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind words of encouragement. I am very excited about incorporating monoprinting into my mixed media work. I, too, enjoy building up images with different techniques, textures, mediums, etc.

    Good luck with the exhibit in China - bow exciting! And good luck, as well, with your health issues. I admire your commitment to your art in the midst of all that.


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