Work in Progress Update!

I did it!  Started work on the monster project this weekend.  Had no idea I had already done so much of the work. The thinking, conceptual part of this work has been solid for a long time.  The manual “arting” part is more developed than I remembered. Huzzah!  I am at the part I really enjoy.  Serene weeks of work ahead with little or no thought!  Except for the dead ends/surprises/shedding of long held certainties/tweaking and the odd ideas I get in the middle of the night!

MY personal belief, arrived at over years of painting, printing, etc., comes down to one question.  Why does this need to be made?  I started painting very realistic acrylic paintings-local scenes, etc.  They sold well, but took too much time.

Acrylic painting

I decided to make a change and returned to printmaking.  I started my monoprint series: “Natural History”.  Some of the examples are on this blog-more on my website:  http://www.hladikvoss.com

monoprint etching

Most good artists are capable of many different types of work in different media.  I don’t see the point in making more of the same work that other people can make.  Ask the question-what do I do that is unique?  Maybe you experiment with media.  Maybe you have an idea for a project that is outside of your comfort zone?  ( My painting clients didn’t like my prints-my print clients might not like my new work.)  I think that the more you open up to those odd thoughts, the happier/ better you will be.

I don’t think that any work I made was a waste of time.  I needed to learn to paint-print, etc,. so I would have the tools I need to create what I need to make next.  ( same feeling about the rest of my life, too!).

More to come–

Have a great day and start writing down those crazy ideas of yours.  I have a feeling they will lead you someplace fantastic!

 

 

 

The Man Who Couldn’t “Hear” Orange!

Good Day to all of you!

Made a decision to finish this long standing project.  It has been hanging in my studio space for longer than I care to admit.

Have you ever been waylaid by life? I seem to have had a pattern of getting a tremendous artistic roll-ideas-time-energy! Then “something happens”.  It has been mostly matters of health and family in my case that have precluded my forward progress.  Do men do this?

Time to break out of this old story.  We are always in the middle of real life. Some events do stop one cold-for a while.  I was looking at a very large canvas of mine yesterday.  Remembering the circumstances in which I made it.  Very ill at the time-could only stand up for minutes at a time.  BUT! I really wanted to finish it.  And I did.

Found new resolve.  Hope this inspires away some of your excuses, too.  Let me know-we can all use the encouragement.

The Man Who Couldn’t “Hear” Orange was inspired by a story my father told of a man from the neighborhood.  For more detail pix: go to my website :   http://www.hladikvoss.com/prints.html

Go to Portfolio> It is under the Tactile Print list on the left.  Will be posting more as I finish sections.  The “man” model is my husband, Richard.

Feel free to ask me questions!

Image

This is the main image from Panel #4—

Coming soon! another project needing the final touches.  “Prom”  a video/installation piece.  I’ve even shown this in performance. ( Many thanks to Mary Ellen Croteau, and to Art on Armitage- Chicago, Illinois!). Need to get the “movie” version on YouTube, and finish editing the live version.  Then get  it on my website.  Yes, there are some pix on the website-under Tactile Prints!

Postcard for the Debut Performance