The Atelier did a special focus on print making this fall. We worked with a professional print shop, in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, called Sev Shoon. The students spent many Fridays engaged in a crash course of learning to etch under expert guidance.
On Wednesday the Atelier went to see an exhibition of eighteenth and nineteenth century Japanese prints at the Seattle Asian Art museum. The show tied in with our studies on the graphic power of flat shapes. We have been studying value composition- how tone leads our eye throughout a picture.
Paintings depicting the effortless birth of Venus show her emerging fully formed as a beautiful woman from the foam of the ocean. There was no awkward moments, no pimply adolescence- she’s perfect.
In contrast- the formation of my newest projects (this website, an up-coming drawing book and a documentary drawing video) has felt like walking through a maze blindfolded. A meandering process involving dead ends, false leads and a lot of hard work for me and everyone else involved. And it is not over yet.
Richard West, director emeritus from the Frye Museum, visited the Atelier to discuss his thoughts on art. He touched on many different subjects one of them being the importance of failure. I was surprised to hear him mention a subject rarely discussed, unless it is behind closed doors with a close friend over a pint of ale.