Continuing on…

The Derrybawn project is sluggish, as you may have noticed. But not dead yet. Sketches for Arkay Sonney and Bloddeuwedd are still in progress, though not complete.

I have two small pieces ready to be made into printing plates, but haven’t done that. I haven’t gotten some of my new 2009 photos of Ireland reproduced yet either. Lots and lots of potential, but little real progress.

However, I have provided four black and white designs to a printer for professional reproduction. The images are fuzzy, as I was in a hurry and only trying to get quick images done.

Maeve’s Spear is a simplified, smaller version of an original ink and watercolor piece I created a few years ago. The original is a very large piece and the design is the one most people have asked me to create as a print.

Maeve's Spear scratchboard

Maeve's Spear scratchboard

Spiral Raven is a simple, but dramatic design, and may be destined for t-shirts or other items.

spiral raven scratchboard

spiral raven scratchboard

The Kells Bird is an older design, created for notecards. It has come out of the archives for a new breath of life.

Small scratchboard print plate

Small scratchboard print plate

The Key Panel was originally made for notecards, but never was used. Out of the archives and into the market, it seems. This design was made with a lighter, crosshatch technique to add texture to the flat design.

Key Panel Scratchboard

Key Panel Scratchboard

I have also widened my circle of possibilities through writing some articles about my travels and possibly getting them published. Working on that, anyway.

Daily sketching continues. I have some interesting pieces done as projects for a sketching class in D.C., which I will provide when I get my scanner back up and running.

In my quest for seeing new things, I went to the National Zoo on Tuesday this week. I tried sketching the animals as they went about their morning routines. I despaired of catching the sinuous slink of the clouded leopard, with his eyes as clear as rose amber glass in the early sun. I couldn’t keep up with the pair of small-clawed otters as they tried to get closer to the tourists watching them.

The red panda hid behind a branch, and the Giant Panda cared little for my efforts, as he continued to munch on his breakfast. I watched the cheetah watch me for a while. He stalked, loose-limbed around his enclosure, walking back behind bushes when he heard screaming children and coming back to pace close to the fence when they were gone. He watched me carefully, but seemed more irritated by the occasional click of the power generator in the corner of the enclosure.

I tried to catch them all. Much more difficult to catch than people drinking coffee.

Anyway, I’ve decided to continue a version of the Derrybawn project through 1-6/2010. The potential is there, and I still need to do everything I started out to do, but the early part of the year has fewer distractions than the summer and fall.

Bloddeuwedd and the Arkay Sonney will carry over to the new year, along with my small Brambleponies print and a print of a willow tree I began as a gift for a friend. I will also document the final result for the Maeve’s Spear, Spiraled Raven, Key Panel and Kells Bird pieces that I submitted for professional printing, as well as any new black and white art. Reproductions of photos will also be documented and any new plates will be shown.

My goal is to have at least 12 new designs in reproductions for the Potomac show in June 2010.
A secondary goal is still to gather up the threads of my grant proposal, which has gathered new steam as friends have mentioned they may obtain a Letterpress and have been discussing using it to lure me to Pennsylvania to make my prints.

Additionally, I will be using the new prints to revamp my Etsy website.

Hmm. Is that enough for one project? As always, biting off more than I can chew.



Derrybawn Project

I was going to do a quick retrospective of the success or failure of the Angelus Project and my targeted goals.

But instead, I’ve started up the new project. Perhaps that speaks for itself. ‘Daughter of Lir’ is still on the drawing board, so she will be finished. I’ll add her to the Angelus Project posts as I work on her.

In 2003, I found one of the most amazing and beautiful places in Ireland. Derrybawn means ‘white oak’ and is the name of the forest around the site of Glendalough, a valley in the Wicklow mountains of Ireland. The valley contains the ruins of churches, beehive huts, mining village huts, iron age ring forts and an array of paths with waterfalls and wildlife.

In 2007, when I quit my full-time day job, I had a plan to obtain a government grant to start a printing press for art prints and small run books. The name I selected for this branch of my art endeavors was ‘Derrybawn Press’. It isn’t moving forward at the moment.

So, for the second half of 2009, my new project will be directed at organizing and building up some capital to put this plan into motion.

First of all, I have begun the work on six designs of Fairies from Celtic lands. These designs will be illustrations of some of the Fey folk. I will be striving to develop these designs as plates for printing. Some I will pull myself, and some I may have printed at a professional printer in black and white, so I may hand color them.

Second, I plan to work on my grant proposal, researching the costs and requirements for my press and the methods of creating a grant proposal.

I plan to work with as many different types of printing as possible, within my ability to do so. Much like the Angelus Project, the Derrybawn Project is a bit more than I think I can handle, but should take me places I haven’t been before.



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