Here's some footage of the project I am currently involved with in Thailand and later next week in Laos.
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I finally started cutting out my linocuts from my trip to Chiang Mai in September of 2012. This is the first of the series and represents the process of printing an Artists Proof for me to make any adjustments for the eventual printing of the full edition. "As promised, I rang in the new year last night by working on an art piece. I finished cutting the first lino from my most recen trip to Chiang Mai. This is a very special place to me, a shaded peaceful spot towards the back of Wat Phrasingh, where many young monks would gather to meet their friends, sometimes study and often, just hang out and enjoy the company of friends and curious foreigners. I showed up here on one of my last days to draw this piece while Phra's Kritsada Prueprung, Yee Vongpaseuth and Khamla Yotthavong were still in class."
This is the progression of a 2-color linocut portrait I was commissioned to create for my friend Nico, (Nicolas Gerard), a gift he was pesenting to his parents in France because he doesn't get to see his family as often as he'd like to. He asked me if I'd be interested in creating a portrait of him in any medium I wanted. Just so happens I've been wanting to work on a 2-color print as I haven't in quite some time. Thanks Nico, the timing couldn't have been better. ;O)
THE FINAL IMAGE - "NICOLAS"
Step 1 - Initial Sketch on Linoleum
Step 2 - First Cut for First Color
Step 3 - First Color Printing
Step 4 - Second Cut for Second Color
Step 5 - Second Color Printed
Print of Second Color Only
Final Image - Print of Second Color On Top Of First Color
I decided upon my return to NYC from Thailand to create a special little hand-carves vessel to hold a tiny Buddha I purchased while at a visit ti Wat Doi Suthep.
This little vessel carving ended up being the first of 2 others that I worked on while I was stuck in the apartment during the recent storm we experienced in NYC and the region. The additional 2 carvings hold heart-shaped stones I've picked up over the years and am ready to set free.
Eventually these other 2 little vessels, (and a few more), with all of their imperfections, will be gold-leafed and ready for sale.
In an effort to continue the tradition of sending my self postcards with "impressions" of the places I'm traveling to, I managed to send myself 2 sketches and my roommate a 3rd sketch. There are 2 more heading to friends and family, perhaps if I get scans of those, I'll be able to post them here as well.
Here are scans of the 11 lino sketches I produced while in Chiang Mai this past month. I only wish I had more time to add a few more images to this edition, there is definitely a couple of temples i visited with unique and special things i would have loved to have captured as images for a print. Guess there's always the next time. Now it's time to get started cutting and printing these guys.