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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Is Thinking a Good thing in Art?

Do you think? Or do you just do?

This is a sketch, really, for a reduction linocut....... so it is clear that
there was not much thinking....... for those of you who have not done a reduction lino, you can make life tricky for yourself, or you can make life hellishly tricky for yourself....... go see the film I have posted on Youtube,
about reduction lino printmaking, just click on the link on the side of my blog here.... and you'll see what I mean..... I am thinking of making another lino film, printing with variations, maybe this would be a great sketch to work from.
PS: Let me know, do you think.... or not?
Thanks for you great comments, keep them coming!!


  1. I think it's about 50/50, Mariann! lol! Sometimes I really think about a piece, and I can see it in my mind, and try capturing it in a sketch. Other times, I literally just jump in. I love your sketch, which isn't a sketch - it is a lovely work of art! xox! Pam

  2. Well, I do "think" about stuff before I start. I've learned that, if I don't want to waste a lot of materials, I need to do some planning.
    Having said that, I don't always think-it-through to the end of the process. Sometimes that's because I want to see what develops; often it's because I just haven't considered something, or I have lost my concentration for a moment and gone off at a tangent... These results are not always disastrous, but I can get frustrated by mistakes.
    I suppose there needs to be a balance between logical "thought" and the sort-of thinking that allows for intuition, experimentation and natural creativity.
    Otherwise, it stops being a creative process and starts being rigid and overstructured. Then it's not fun any more!
    That lino-print plan looks very complex. There is a lot of fine detail. If you can plan it and cope with the detail, it will make a wonderful set of prints... I know you are quite experienced at Reduction prints now, so I will be interested to see how you do it. I don't think I could cope with this level of complexity yet. I'm only just beginning to consider two-colour prints.... let alone "reduction prints"!
    Good luck and happy scratching!

  3. Great... a conversation...I love it..... funny, isn't it, because I find that if I turn off my conscious thought process, and kind of go on instinct I seem to be happier with what I make.....
    the reduction , Lizzie, looks tricky, but isn't , it's like a recipe, once you have made the cake a couple of times you don't need to look at the recipe.... also the reason why sometimes it falls flat!!! :o) Mariann

  4. Hi Mariann!
    Sometimes, I believe, I think about my reduction linocuts too much! It just seems to be its nature...or maybe my nature! All the cutting sometimes gets tedious but it's fun and always a surprise to see the outcome. I love to pull that paper off of the linoleum after I run it through the press! Anyway, I think I'll try to do one sometime freehand - no drawing!
    Your film explains the process very well!

  5. Thank you, Anne, that was my intention, I love lino reduction, lets me think about the practical instead of the image creating, and it is the serendipity involved in printmaking that I love!