Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Crows to Camels! (3rd off the hand press)

Okay, I went to the camel farm and saw all these really fascinating animals and then I was trying to get something on paper
to just get started back into making art.  It's very hard to get back to work after a move for some reason.  I dunno, dragging yourself half way across the world shouldn't be that big a deal, right?  On my own defense, I am getting better, I mean this is only my 4th week and  I have already produced something, questionable as it may be, that's pretty good considering it's usually taken a year or two to get back in the studio in the past after a major move like this! I'm feeling pretty good about that! This is not really what I had in mind for camel interpretation but I learned some things.  This is the first time I have worked directly with a brush painting an image on the plate.  I used a piece of Bahraini news paper as a Chine Colle' collage piece and unfortunately don't have any spray adhesive due to the fact that the shipping company wont' ship anything under pressure. Imagine that!  So, I used matt medium which is sort of wet and it made the paper stick to the plate instead of the printing paper.  I had to rewind and repress then heat the back of the paper with a hair dryer to get the  collage background piece to adhere to the paper and let go of the plate.  Ahhh, printing on the cutting edge!  LOL!  I feel sort of like the McGuiver of my personal art corner.


Dale Sherman Blodget said...

Creativity comes in handy. :) Camels! Nice of him to pose for you. Congrats on getting to work so quickly, too.

Janet said...

Hi Tonya I found the card you gave Ron and myself yesterday and saw that you have your blogspot. How long will you be in Bahraini for? Intresteing! Youtr camel is wonderful.

Caio Fernandes said...

yes , these moments in life are quite disturbing when we get into the studio ...
you are right forcing this process and producing.
The work is very good.

Is there a camel farm ? wow!!

Mick said...

I quite like this, Tonya. As you say it's a step in the direction of concerted presence in the studio.

I've always thought that a move, big moves in particular but small ones as well, mean that we need to acquire a new visual memory. Like a new computer, a new place is an empty void until we attach ourselves to the local imagery. That can often take a lot of time.

Rosalie Wrona said...

An exciting move you've made to Bahrain and managed to produce a nice print already. Congratulations! I like the camel print.

artebaiao said...

An amazing portfolio.
Kisses in Aspen.
Good window, good dog, good painting, what else?

suzanneberry said...

This is incredible! I love your post.

Stan Kurth said...

OK McGuiver, this piece is beautiful; it fits for the 4th of July with the red, white and blue engulfing the camel.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hey, thanks everyone, not sure what happened here. I answered all these comments the other day and now I see they are not showing up! I'll give it another go.

Dale, thanks, and thanks for stopping by.

Janet, I'll be in Bahrain for a few years if all goes as planned. Thanks for the complement! I guess I should give some credit to the camel.

Yes, Ciao there is a camel farm! Cool, huh?

Hi Mick, yes, I know what you mean. It seems everywhere I go I end up painting different subject genres all together. I've gone from landscapes to still life to figures and now to camels according to what was available to me at the time.

Thanks so much Rosalie!

Artebaiao, Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I am very lucky, I do count my blessings often!

Thanks Suzanne! I appreciate your compliment.

Hi Stan, you've been up to some great work yourself. I am glad you liked it and happy belated 4th!

claire christinel said...

Hi Tonya,
I love the immediacy of this piece, and I always love mixed media with print. Very nice camel. :-)

claire christinel said...

Hi Tonya,

I love the immediacy of this piece. The fresh gestural strokes are perfect. And I always like mixed media with print. Nice camel too.:-)

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hi Claire, welcome! Thanks for the nice comments. You have some beautiful work on your blog! Thanks for visiting.

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