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Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Winter is here with a vengeance

And I am loving it! We’ve had enough white fluffy stuff, and cold weather, to keep the woods in optimal skiing and snow-shoeing condition. Besides that, there is nothing like a snowy day, and a toasty fire in the stove, to make my studio an inviting and cozy place to be.

I’m spending a lot of time in the studio working on two projects this month: the drawing-a-day adventure, as well as a collaborative print project. The drawing at left was done about a week ago, and is something of a melding of both projects. The collaboration is between a woman in Zanzibar who provided me with a very lively and graphic block print to use as a starting point or base sheet to which I would add something and create a finished print. The thing is, the starting point, was a fairly well resolved completed print. Needless to say it presented me with quite a challenge. In trying to meet that challenge, I found myself doing a lot of drawing to familiarize myself with the image, and see what part of it would lead me to the place of continuation. While frustrating at first (in large part because there is a deadline involved in this project), it turned out to be a lot of fun. I’m not done yet, but when I am, I’ll post some pictures. The work will be shown in Portland and Zanzibar later this winter/early spring.

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2 Responses

  1. Lin says:

    Looking good. Will your collaboration involve only two-dimensional marks? …and BTW, best winter ever! Let me know if you ever need an xc ski/snowshoe partner. I used to think that inspiration in nature had to be somehow visual; silly thought.

    • jmbroekman says:

      The collaboration is part of a Peregrine Press project involving 25 press members and 12 Zanzibar artists. The pieces that I am working on will involve 2D marks only, unless you count the stitching and collage pieces as a third dimension. For the most part we are trying to keep it all printmaking related, and I suspect most will be 2D only, though who knows what everyone else will come up with!