The Next Step in the Series
What I found when I looked back over the black and white images of the last year, was the subtle patterns of the shoe prints and how these suggested two dimensional magic. The textures and intensities create exquisite design patterns and sometimes suggested landscapes. When I poured over them, I recognized that some of the images were begging for a foreground to their background to create a more literal story.
Painting small additions onto these backgrounds provided new three and four dimensional qualities. I started focusing in on all the areas AROUND the shoe prints and realized that often the real and dramatic story was being told there, not just in the strong designs of the shoes themselves. The new atmospheric emphasis began to deepen the stories being suggested by the literal images.
To Giclee or Not to Giclee, (Increasingly that IS a question).
I am just in the beginning stages of turning work into high-end giclee art prints in a limited series. These quality prints have many advantages over framed originals. They can be shipped fairly inexpensively inside a cardboard tube anywhere in the world. They are cheaper to purchase and have really fine production values on high quality art paper. And…..they can be any size, from say 8 by 10 inches to 4 feet by 6 feet or larger. This printing machine is a genius. It can print on canvas, cotton and other great materials. I am super excited too, from an educational point of view, to learn more about which images need to stay small, which ones want to be stretched a bit, and which ones are dying to be life size.
The majesty of colour is well documented. There is something though about black and white imagery that reaches back into the recesses of our memory. There is an immediate and simply dynamic that gets right to the facts of the matter. We can’t live without colour, but we can’t think or choose without black and white.