With the Chameleon Egg print finished, it is time to start a new print. This spring my boyfriend and our dog took a camping trip to Lost Maples State Natural Area. On the drive home we passed several game areas, where exotic ungulates are bred for hunting. We saw albino deer standing around looking majestic and odd in the rainy, misty morning. Those deer stuck in my mind and will be the subject of my next linocut. I'm hoping to get the sketch finished and transfer it to a block today.
Printed the key block for the Chameleon Egg print tonight. This is a variable edition, meaning that there will be all sorts of color variations. I make almost all of my print editions variable now, because I like the freedom of being able to change the ink colors or paper as I print, to try out new combinations. For the chameleon, so far there are pink, yellow or green backgrounds. Tonight is the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower, so as I was rolling up the last block with ink it occurred to me that an astral-type chameleon in galactic night sky colors might be needed as well. Hmmm, does glow-in-the-dark relief ink exist?
I've got some upcoming shows to announce: I've been invited to take part in the State of Texas Printmaking show at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. The show runs from August 22 – September 8, 2016. The artists' reception is Thursday, September 1, between 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The second art show will be at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas September 3-October 1, 2016, with a reception September 3rd 7-9 pm. This is a "pre-show" for all the artists taking part in the White Rock Lake Artists 24th Studio Tour. This will be my first year as a member of the Tour, which is a great opportunity to meet Dallas artists, tour their studios, and buy art. It is a fun event with some really wonderful artists and I'm excited to be on the Tour, which will be held on October 8 and 9th. Check out their website for maps and further info: http://www.whiterockartists.com/
Suffice it to say, I'm very busy right now printing and prepping. Since Texas is so hot in summer, being inside at the press is a pretty nice place to be!