When I was in art school, I majored in print making. I had stacks of hand pull prints from that period; some are etchings but mostly are silk screen prints. I never sold any of them and no one has seen them since I graduated from art school. I just treat them as part of my ever expanding works.
I had no intention of discarding them so they came with me for all my moves. Finally, last year, I started to remake them to my current art. At first, I used them for paper sculptures and cards
.Yesterday, I found this one which I had already cut into narrow strip among some of my old works. The piece is 5”x17” with a dark brown and blues. Right away I see the blue area in the print looks like a koi swimming in the pond. I turned it into a paper cut which took almost a whole day to finish. On the left is the original print before and the one below is the finished piece.
What I'm suggesting Alfred is this. When we hold on to the past, we move forward more slowly because of the heavy load we bare. Being able to throw away an idea, sometimes a great idea, makes way for a mind blowing idea. You are a brilliant artist whether you understand what I've said or not. :-)
Hello Alfred, once again you have a genius mind and there is nothing wrong with bringing an old piece of art work and give it new life. Technically its your original, the moment you create something different or advance that new piece it now becomes an original piece. Am I correct to assume that? Great renewal to an old piece......And your paper cuts are just amazing the detail and time you put into them.....Just a note: the very same affect can be done to photographs as well, .Best success with them all, - Michael Hoard
Thanks so much Phyllis, Michael! I really enjoy the paper cutting which is a lot like painting watercolor, one always thinking of the positive and negative shapes but I can stop or start whenever I want. When I working on a piece it is very relaxing. I like how the paper cut can play with light and shadow which add an extra diminution to it. Michael, you must be reading my mind, I been thinking use it on photographs later.
Here is a shot of one of my watercolor paper cut display on window.
That is very cool Alfred, I don't exactly understand how you layer and do what you do...would LOVE to see one of your works in person as I think an even higher appreciation would be achieved, and it's pretty high already :o)
Hi Alfred. Wow. A stunning work. Good result really. Love it. U Re so tale tes. As u see I have not been very active here hummmm i did not have much time being busy with other business...I should Côme back soon though. Again congrats. Good work as always.
Alfred I don’t like to go back on old work but your idea is great. It creates something new and fresh from your silkscreens, especialy since you enjoy the process. I enjoy pencil drawing in the same way as you mentioned where you can easily stop and go as you please. I also did silk screen back in another life time before computers and digital. The four color printers were expensive so I made my own on a stand which rotated from a lazy Susan base. frames were held by clamps that could be adjusted for alignment. Making the silk screens photographing and getting the image on the screen. Crazy lots of work. I wish I could get back some more of that time spent.
Alfred, as usual your work looks great. Maybe it'll inspire me to dig out some of my old school pieces to re-work in some fashion. I took printmaking but I don't think I've kept very many of my prints. I'll have to see what I have left. I've been looking for some inspiration lately.
With all great artists, their Art has no past, is not only in the present, or will be only in the future.....Great Art is Timeless.
All your work, to me, is Timeless
And by the way when you wrote:.."I really enjoy the paper cutting which is a lot like painting watercolor, one always thinking of the positive and negative shapes but I can stop or start whenever I want. When I working on a piece it is very relaxing"
When you say that those 2 disciplines are "relaxing"...I shake my head in disbelief.....I've tried both in my lifetime..knowing that when there's a slip of the blade or the misslap of the brush, there is no redo button to push......In both cases, I'm a nervous wreck when.attempting to come with something worthwhile.
Again I say , your work is amazing, as I look at it all with Green Eyed Envy!! .
Thank you Roger! I think the artists paint with watercolor have a different temperament with more patience than artists use other medium. When I working on a piece either watercolor or paper cut I usually sitting down in front of the work with my brush or a knife in my hand and all my thoughts are focus on a tiny section of the work. My world is as small as those tiny sections and nothing seem matter. Yes, it is rather relaxing and Zen like.
Wow, that was great seeing the grasshopper image cut out before the backing, thanks for that :o)
In one of my college classes we had to learn how to use a swivel knife to cut acetone film. Tricky learning to get the hang of it. I still have the swivel knife...sometimes it would swivel left when you meant go 'right'!