Sharing some midway updates as I try to conquer this big thing. I realized the Big Drawing needs some attention too. So, I set them up to mirror and transfuse some glory.
In 2012, I started to enjoy writing out scriptures and other uplifting notes. I was creating these in large notebooks and small notebooks, or on index cards. But to tackle something bigger, I created this bigger mashup of Psalms 84, plus some other bits. Translations include NIV, NLT, and "Psalms: Poetry on Fire" (The Passion Translation). It was 18" x 24" – a big page to work with.
It is filled with meticulous lettering, colorful moments, and abstract transitions. It was fun to make, but risky. At any moment, it felt like the whole thing would fall apart or I would misspell something along the way. The feeling gets more intense after building it out more than halfway. Trying to find my way to "done" is a journey.
Previously, I experimented with digital painting to giclée print, but now I needed to make a reproduction. I would have to invest in scanning the work, then a print could be made from that file. This was a big piece of work. American Litho had a gigantic top-down scanner and willing to give me a discount on my first scan, but it was still expensive.
After some research, I visited Orisons in McKinney. They could use a giant flatbed scanner. The work was larger than the scanner, but they would reassemble it into a single digital image. The investment would be much less, so I tried it out.
"Pslams 84" ink on paper, 2012
The results of the scan were nearly identical to the original. Overall, it looked pretty good!
I could not afford getting it all done at American Litho at the time, but seems like it would be worthwhile to invest in their process. Their equipment and set up was exceptional. Still the results of this printer were legit and just about identical to the original.
In late 2011, I was pondering what it would be like to ditch the wet media and just paint digitally. The kids were young and it was impossible to think about leaving paints around the office. The kids would get into it, no doubt about it.
My experience has always been with physical media. Was I going to produce work that was meant to be printed? What would that feel like? Could I just print one, then destroy the digital file? How does this work?
All of my research was about the "giclée" process, which uses high-quality jet printers. I wanted to find out what the process was and what made it special. I wanted to visit somewhere that
After a couple printer visits, I decided to go with American Litho Color in Dallas. They focus on fine art printing and scanning of physical works for digital reproduction. With the printer selected, price was fixed and not dirt cheap. Even as an experiment, I wondered if these things could be sold. What if I created a series? Would I turn into a hack artist that turned from paint worship? Could I recoup the cost?
At least, I tried to think about it in depth and seriously. I wondered how artists survive. Could I do a combination of physical works and digital prints? Should I plan on taking digital scans of work, just in case there's a future desire to print? (The cost of digital scanning medium-to-large works is not cheap, but the results from American Litho's giant flatbed scanner were amazing.)
Anyway, here's the work and the resulting prints:
"lgldkgme gnesldk" – digital, 2011
I ended up investing in three prints of "lgldkgme gnesldk" – a 20" x 20" on unscretched canvas, a 20" x 20" on paper, and a 10" x 10" on paper. The quality of colors ended up being rich and even the rusty flavor of the reds were captured perfectly.
It has been a long time since doing this project, but it was worth while to take it seriously and learn about the possibilities.
I had some soul searching to do before going all in.
I know artists that have made a name for themselves by painting, drawing, & maintaining a physical studio. Giclée printing is not "cool" printing like Risograph. And it is not fine art printing like lithography or thoughtful screenprinting. Would "real artists" put my name into a blackball list of artists that have printed shirts and mugs? Would tubes of paint mount their resistance and call me dirty names when entering the store? Would the canvas at home be moved to madness and tear themselves in two?
Pre release. Moved the site back to Squarespace. Connected the domain. Started organizing the content again, fixing tags and categories. Finally jumping in. Two things have been on my heart: 1) Move to Squarespace; 2) Structure. So, finally moving in obedience.
The kids and I have been reading. I saw the need to make some bookmarks. We created some doodles and collages, then laminated them. Here's what I created:
Notes compilation from New Living Translation.