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Where to begin today? Maybe with our American Colonial past. The Constitution?

My belief is that our Founding Fathers, not being able to look into the future, posited gun ownership as a reasonable right. Settlers shot game for food. They used weapons to protect their families from massacres-not to start them.

Society changes slowly. People’s minds even more slowly. And then we hit a point where we question what changes will make us stronger.

You can’t legislate mental sanity, religious fanaticism or terrorism. We can never be fully safe.

My heart is with Orlando.

NH:Firearms.jp

Today’s print is from the Government area.

“Natural History:Firearms”. Aquatint etching,linocut, trace transfer monotype. Monoprint. Edition 1/1.  For sale! Contact me for details on purchasing through my blog or etsy site. View more from this series on my website: http://www.hladikvoss.com  Please sign up and Share. You can buy my artwork directly on my Etsy site: Printmistress888.etsy.com

Just the Facts: (of the Natural History Monoprint Series)
Image size=12″x 18″. Framed 24″x 30″. Printed on Rives BFK white archival paper. Edition 1/1. To begin, each print background consists of 2, differently colored, inked, aquatinted copper plates printed over each other. This produces the variegated stripes.
Then I employ a variety of printing techniques: linocuts, collograph, etchings, monotyping, chine colle, etc., to create the subject. I design all the fonts by hand

 

 

Pliny was an historian in Ancient Rome, around the time of the Pompeii disaster. ( will discuss that later!).
His encyclopedia was created from fact, best guesses, rumor, unverified accounts and utter garbage. All taken at face value as the truth. Feel you are getting closer to my premise?
I decided that I would do the same, with a conscious twist.
More on that tomorrow. Will we find our heroine tied to the train tracks? Will she finally tell you the total concept? Yes, I promise!

Swoon

Today’s print is a small linocut of mine ( 4 x 6 inches), Titled “Swoon”. Edition of 50. For sale in my Etsy shop, Printmistress888. $10

Hand printed to white card stock. Black oil printer’s ink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Steampunk Linocut Print- Edwardian Woman-Swoon Fainting- 4×6 inch $10.00                                                                        

Just the Facts: (of the Natural History Monoprint Series)
Image size=12″x 18″. Framed 24″x 30″. Printed on Rives BFK white archival paper. Edition 1/1. To begin, each print background consists of 2, differently colored, inked, aquatinted copper plates printed over each other. This produces the variegated stripes.
Then I employ a variety of printing techniques: linocuts, collograph, etchings, monotyping, chine colle, etc., to create the subject. I design all the fonts by hand.

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NH:BirthControl:aNH:BirthControl:bWell, because there are. I couldn’t decide which way to go with this topic, graphically. Still not sure whether I like either one.

The trace transfer lettering was a little bit smudgy. There’s something about the red oil ink that gets very oily in humidity. Modifying the ink doesn’t always achieve the result I want. You only get one shot at this. No going back, and no way to tell how the transfer is going until you lift off the paper . either, “Voila”, or “1ÓÏÏ•ª˚Ô”.

That is what is so magical and exciting about printmaking. The eureka factor. The happy accident.

Not at all like painting. So direct. So controllable. I spent at least the first 10 years of being a serious artist painting realistically. Then, I realized how much time I was taking on “perfection”.  Which led me back to printmaking.  Love them both. Isn’t it odd that I now make one of a kind prints. There has to be some kind of dark psychology there. Or not.

 

 

NH:BillofRightsWell. Considering all the laws and rights we enjoy in America. And, pre-occupied with the the issue of medical insurance. Which is off the mark for this print. Don’t care. I was uninsurable for most of my adult life, due to a chronic health problem that started when I was a child.. I have experienced decades of no coverage, and subsequent near death outcomes. I have had government subsidized health care. Mixed help and results. I have had good insurance when I married, very late in life-with high costs. Today, I discovered that my very expensive insurance will not cover an essential medication. Cost to me? Over $1000.00 out of pocket a month. So, praying to get an answer. Don’t qualify for disability-even though I have an automatically qualifying condition. Too ill as an adult to have worked enough to qualify. Not destitute enough to qualify as indigent. Move to Sweden? Wales? Ireland?

Have a few pieces of artwork made when un-insurable. “Pre-Existing Condition”. “Buy This and the Artist Dies”- When on government insurance, couldn’t make any income.  “X-Ray”, and the like. This print features the 2 aquatint striped plate background. Lino gun and flag, And a very fetching etching plate-the ekg flatline. PLUS! hand drawn and designed fonts-a trace transfer technique.

Glad for those that the new health care helps.  I’ve survived over 45 years of this. What ya got for me today, Mr.President?

NH:Artificial InseminationHistory? Factual? Incendiary?  This is an earlier print-uses my favorite fetus linocut. Never knew how useful this plate was going to be. Many of these monoprints deal with feminist issues. Not a big surprise.

See you tomorrow.

 

 

 

NH:Apple GreenMy mother, Ruth Anna Loraine- (All the 7 siblings had 3 given names) Johnson Hladik, was a depression era child. She remembered her father painting and repainting the kitchen chairs. Black and Apple green. When I came across this as a factoid, I was delighted. I extrapolated the feminist subtext. That’s my job.

This print contains a smashing little TTM( Trace Transfer monotype),  chine collé of a chair. Water color was used after the ink dried. Before “gluing” the print to the background print with wheat paste, and running it through through the printing press.  Another vocabulary etching plate makes its appearance here. From when there were film cameras. A take-off on family vacation pix. Near the top of this print.

Do something soothing today.

 


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