The Art Vault 3: Moon-Making

an old watercolor and pen and ink by sandpaperdaisy

This is a very old work, back from when I didn’t have a scanner and I had to get my friend to try and scan my things for me on her ancient, horrible scanner or snap pictures of them. …so you can probably guess what’s up with the image quality.

Regardless, this is a watercolor with pen and ink that I made of some sort of goddess or Artemis-like figure with her back turned to us, making moons out of the formless void. I’m very fond of it, and I hope I find the thing again someday! I think it may be somewhere among my things but I don’t even know for sure.

Saga of a raccoon

tentacle raccoon photocollage

I started with the above image, which was a digital sketch I did thinking I might make it into a block print for the first Hand Prints traditional printmaking group show. I didn’t end up using it there, so I made a stencil print out of it instead and printed it in black onto an old monoprint of mine (like I did with Fenris!) and then added some watercolors and a few strokes of color pencil to give the original lines back some of their definition. The result below was the very first piece to sell at 2012’s Salon des Refuses at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery! I like to fancy I got some art cred for that.

repressed tentacle raccoon monoprint and watercolor mixed media

A year or two later I FINALLY got around to doing the block print:

 

matted tentacle raccoon print_sandpaperdaisy

I love how it turned out!! Eventually I want to colorize this guy all crazy and put him up in my online shops. I’m sure I can make him look really cool!

Fenris Devouring the Sun, the rebirth of an old monoprint

this traditional mixed media print depicts fenris the wolf devouring the sun during ragnarok, the norse end of the world.

I mentioned in “The Many Faces of Daedalus” how I liked to re-examine or even re-use old art to try and perfect an idea or turn it into something new entirely. Fenris Devouring the Sun is one of these pieces! The colorful background of this piece is in fact a very old monoprint of mine depicting the Sirens from the Odyssey. I never did anything special with this print, and when I finally pulled it out of my student portfolio a decade later I still enjoyed the vibrant colors but I was deeply unsatisfied with the clumsy linework. Experimenting, I turned the print this way and that to see if a different orientation suggested a new picture.

The results excited me. As the hair and faces of the sirens my lines were wholly unsuccessful, but as the body and rays of the sun and some suggestions of Fenris’s fur, they were perfect! I hastened to design Fenris around the lines I liked from my old monoprint and then soaked the old print in water and printed upon it with black. In fact, this image from the “ABOUT HEATHER” page shows me carving Fenris from humble typing paper with my trusty X-Acto knife. In the background at the far right, you can see my old monoprint too!

heather landry aka sandpaperdaisy working at her kitchen table

Then I continued to experiment, using watercolor, COPIC marker, india ink, just anything I could think of really. The result, I’m pleased to say, took a Juror’s Choice Award at the 2012 DOOMSDAY show! It also got the following comment from the judge:

“Heather Landry‚Äôs Fenris Wolf is a high-intensity nod to the near universality of end-of-the-world archetype across cultures.” -Rob Millard-Mendez, juror for the DOOMSDAY show

fenris monoprint and juror's choice award ribbon from the 2012 doomsday show at angel mounds, evansville indiana

So there you have it, a successful makeover of a very student monoprint. Have any of you had good luck with revisiting a piece?