New Art Challenge – Into the Woods

I have finally made a decision about my next art challenge.  It is going to be “Into the Woods”.  That theme allows me enough scope to work in different media and cover a wide range of subjects.  Since my last art challenge involved a lot of time pressure, I am not going to impose a timetable or deadline onto it.  I will just create whenever my artistic mojo strikes but I will – mostly – create in response to this theme.

My first work on this theme was a lino block print I have titled “Worried Bunny”.  You can read more about it here.

Worried Bunny - Red and Blue Block Prints - Phase 2

I will be sharing the art I produce in response to this theme on my art blog, Pict Ink, so make sure you visit there if you want to see more.


Carving a Ninja

I don’t do New Year Resolutions but I have decided to set myself some goals for this year, many of which are designed to encourage me to find time for myself and my hobbies and interests.  One of my goals, therefore, is to try and produce more finished works of art this year.  As I have mentioned before, my artistic side had to go into stasis in the past year as all of my spare time was spent on immigration paperwork, researching life in America and shedding and eventually packing our possessions.  There was little or no time left for art or scope for creativity.  Now that the family is pretty settled here now and I have things running to a fairly predictable routine, I have determined that I will find time in each week to be creative and produce a work of art – not necessarily completing it in one week, of course, but working towards a finished piece.

So with that in mind, yesterday afternoon I decided to carve a lino block in order to make a print.  At  last week’s Art Journaling group I had doodled ninjas all over a page so I decided to work one of those doodles up into a print.  My hand ached at the end of the afternoon but it really did feel good to do something creative and produce something artistic.  And my kids loved it so that made me happy too.

So this is it, my first work of art produced in America: Ninja.



(PS The print is straight; my photograph of it is not.)