Monday, November 15, 2010

Little Works

"Single Whip" Block Print (4x5)
Sold this original block print Saturday night.  "Single Whip" is a Tai Chi Chuan posture an is a recurring subject for me over the years. I think this posture was the first moment that I truly connected to the movement in Tai Chi when I first started practicing. The buyer was very excited about the piece and had a whole list of reasons she connected to the work. I enjoyed listening to her talk about it.

I've been remiss in posting some of the block print work I've done recently and will try to correct that soon.  It is a new medium and I have a lot to learn on every level of the process, but I enjoy it. 

I had another night of good response to my work, which comes down this week.  It has been a very positive experience for me and offered some enlightenment on how I need to show my work in the future. Moving all my work leaves me with a serious storage problem now because there are so many large works that I simply do not have room for in my apartment.  Figuring this out is a common problem shared by many artists.  What do you do with the pieces that have not yet sold?  ©2010 Cindy K. Shaw All Rights Reserved


lequan said...

Hey Cindy,

This is a great piece. Congratulations on selling it. When I first looked at it, even before reading, Tai Chi was the first thing that popped into my mind. Do you mind me asking what block print work is?

Gary and I used to take Tai Chi before we had our kiddies. I was a really bad student though cause I would have problems remembering the steps every week...teehee. It's a great workout, I'd have to say. It surprised me that I actually broke out a sweat. Don't underestimate the power of Tai Chi. I have so much more respect for people who do Tai Chi now.

Cindy said...

Block printing is a method where an image is carved on a block of a particular material. Ink is spread on the carved block and paper pressed atop it. Wood blocks are a common material. Another common material, which I've been using, is linoleum covered blocks. The block is the same but there will always be variations in the individual hand made prints. There is also a limit to how many prints can be run on a particular block before the carved image breaks down. A lesson in impermanence.

lequan said...

Thank you for the lesson, Cindy :-D Keep working your magic!