Friday, April 03, 2009

Work Makes Work


I've been in a slump waiting for my next bit of inspiration to strike and (I should know by now) that never works. Sloth begets sloth and work begets work. I am so thankful that Jenn came over today and worked with me because I was forced to actually make something. We ended up completing even more than I'd hoped for! We printed, signed, stamped and packaged over 150 prints in three brand new designs! A burst like this practically makes up for having spent the past two weeks "thinking".

I'm eager to share all three new prints but I'll try to restrain myself and space things out a bit.

I'll show my favorite one first. "Sweet Surprise" depicts a familiar scene in my home. I seem to be a big fan of buying a sweet potato and then forgetting about it until it grows eyes. Well, out of curiosity, I have let a few potatoes continue in their natural progression to sprout forests. Justin thinks they are disgusting, but I really think they have some lovely qualities. The stems that shoot up are often a pale violet transitioning into burgundy color with tiny dark green leaves at the top. I never would have expected such dramatic and colorful growth to come out of an old potato.

These prints are on a beautifully textured pale pink paper and printed in a rich rust ink. Available in my shop for $12. I'm excited about them.

7 comments:

PickalaPoopa said...

has a sweet originality!

Christine said...

Welcome Back! I've missed you. I love surprises and the vegetable print is a nice change. P.S. I get those eyes in my kitchen too :o)

jane said...

I work with someone who kept an old potato at his desk until it sprouted long shoots. He then moved it to a vase. Someone eventually made off with it when he was gone one day.

Maeg said...

I love your new print...my husband was unconvinced at my own indoor "gardening" attempts in the kitchen. btw, I won't be in Salem this weekend, sad!
But I'll give you a heads up when I am coming to town.

Bill said...

Have you seen Potato Bonsai?

blackberrycrafts said...

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:)

Molly x

mchen said...

This is a familiar scene in my home too!!! Those little shoots go STRAIGHT up, it's so amazing — great job! :)