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You can’t measure time. The longer you spend on a project the less time it takes.

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Comment by NatureJunkie on October 15, 2010 at 8:01pm
"The longer you spend... the less time it takes." What you've described is something like what I used to experience when my made mezzotint prints. Before you could burnish your drawing into a copper plate, you had to "rock" the plate, i.e., rock back and forth over the surface with a tool that had little teeth in it that roughened the metal surface. It was supposed to take about 10 hours to rock a 5x7 plate, but it always took me about 20 hours or more. It was very contemplative and I would get lost in the task, look up at the clock and see that two hours had gone by in what seemed like a few minutes.

I knew printmakers who considered rocking their plates to be the most tedious task in the world, but I enjoyed it.
Comment by tree on October 15, 2010 at 8:54pm
Do you have any prints I could see?
Comment by flophousepoodle on October 15, 2010 at 9:46pm
"How long does it take you?" is the # question I hear about art making. Always found that to be sad and irrelevant. I'd like to see NJ's prints too. Creating is the only time I don't dread time.
Comment by tree on October 15, 2010 at 9:48pm
Certainly we know that the artist does not get adequate payment for work done. If that were the case I would be working for something like 30 cents an hour.
I am doing this because I want to . . . .not to put food on the table.
Comment by BlancheNoE on October 16, 2010 at 6:24pm
I agree with all the artists here. I would add that when you really lose yourself, it makes it easier for the universal energies to enter and work through you which is what I call "accidental art", where you stand back to look at it the next day and go: " OH MY GOSH,...I don't remember MEANing to do that but that is SO cool. Oh Tree, even the back of that quilt is gorgeous and I'm glad you got it on video before it is to be hidden for all time.
Comment by NatureJunkie on October 17, 2010 at 6:02pm
It took me a little while to dig these out of my closet, Tree, but here are a couple per your request:

Comment by tree on October 17, 2010 at 6:04pm
Thanks. I had no idea what to expect, they are extraordinary.
It must have been quite an experience, doing the rubbing . . .
Comment by flophousepoodle on October 17, 2010 at 6:10pm
ahh! NJ!!
Comment by flophousepoodle on October 17, 2010 at 6:18pm
I don't understand printmaking processes - So am responding to light and atmosphere and structures. And mood. My love for dutch painting votes most strongly for the interior. Compositionally, the third, exterior is so nicely balanced and sweet shift in scale for perspective. I bet these are a treat to be close too. Thank you for sharing these! More!!
Comment by BlancheNoE on October 17, 2010 at 10:13pm
@ NatureJunkie- WOW !,..uh, Why are these not posted in your photo section?
I LOVE them. They are dark/lonely yet warm/inviting/exciting at the same time. I want to step into them.
They remind me of nights many moons ago when myself and my childhood friend would sneak out in the wee hours of the morning for a taste of total freedom.


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