Friday, June 30, 2006

lights out

Again inspired by the art of David Mack's Kabuki series and the girl who modeled for him, I took some pictures of my own yesterday morning and then sketched. Today I carved and printed. I think it's coming along just fine. I can see where I'd do things differently here, but I like it a lot and I like the fact that it's being okay with me to make imperfect/amateur work. After all, I am an amateur, really! How long do I get to claim that though....maybe my human figures and perspective will always be slightly wonky (that's a possibility)(wonky as in...amateurish :^) we all know I like wonky).

I wonder if I'll ever try woodblock carving - what can you do with wood carvings that you can't on soft block, I wonder? This is about a 4x5" size, and I printed it on a piece of paper I received in a portfolio sampler from Canson. I asked them for some samples barely a week ago and a big fat envelope of beautiful paper was waiting for me when I arrived home this evening. Sweet!! And free!

I am so sleepy. I was up at 6:45 this morning, despite the fact that I could've slept about forty-five minutes longer. Hmmm....time to brush the teeths and zzzzz. Only - I think I smell cake! From downstairs! Jubenal is a cake-maker and I think he's at it again...ohhhh man...there was a lemon bundt cake at work today and I almost made the HUGE mistake of eating some but someone came along and flipped the lid over and NO it's not homemade, it's store bought and YES it contains soy oil! A big NO NO for Victoria!!!

I didn't obsess about it all day; in fact I'd quite forgotten about it. If I still want something lemony or cakey tomorrow, then I'll either make it or buy it.
Okay didn't I say I was going to brush my teeth? I am. Nighters.


christine said...

Good morning!

I have a lemony recipe for you, should you feel inspired to bake. (: These are my favorite cookies.

Frosty Lemon Drops

3/4 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp. grated lemon peel
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. each baking soda and salt
2 tbsp. milk

Heat oven to 350F. In bowl, combine butter, 3/4 c. sugar, egg, 1 tbsp. lemon peel, and lemon juice; beat until well blended. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into butter mixture alternately with milk. Chill dough 1 to 2 hours. Combine remaining 1/4 c. sugar and 1 tbsp. lemon peel (in yet another bowl). Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in lemon sugar mixture to coat. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool. (Makes about 3 dozen.)

V.K. said...

YUM!!! You rock! thank you, I'll try to remember and pick up a lemon at the store this afternoon if I still have a big craving (as of this morning I do...).

carra said...

This is so intriguing to me; I have sat here studying it for quite some time now. Impressive! I'm a bit envious of your great work, but in a good way :)

V.K. said...

gosh..thanks for stopping by, unknown artist appreciator, and for your words :^)