I am approaching my Vitality Guide, if you will, by organ/system. Even though I will ultimately lead with the liver I started playing with the heart because I already had a heart stamp. And who can resist the symbolism of leading with your heart, etc. This is a draft for the chapter head. What will follow will be some detailed information for each of the foods and recipes.
As always I struggle between not-enough-going on and making it too busy. Given that I also want to work in some collage I have no idea where I will land aesthetically, but tonight was a good start just to break the initial barrier between thought and action.
I’ve long been interested in nutrition for healing and health and am continually frustrated with how to best approach and present information so people’s eyes don’t glaze over. A few years ago I thought of breaking it down by organ and systems, with a week devoted to each. In this way people would not be overwhelmed by it and could hopefully integrate it in a more meaningful way into their lives. “Organ-ize Your Health!”
(O bviously I have to print the rest of the word closer to the “O”, but you get the idea.)
My garlic stamp presents me with the same challenge of all other white things I’ve encountered. I might go in and add some color post-stamping. A few strains of purple and grey.
I have to say that this is one where I actually prefer the stamp itself to the image it creates.
“T” is the second most used letter in the English language (E is first, in case you were curious.) I have long loved illuminated manuscripts. Such tales often draw you in with the first beautiful letter. Grand and lush. I will work out how I want to pen the rest of the phrase quote or story. But the test run was pretty fun.
The voluptuous, sensuous lines of an eggplant. The rich aubergine color that is darker than the night sky. Everything about the eggplant is seductive. It’s hard to capture the sheen of the skin in a two-tone stamp, but here it is.
I’m working on an idea for a nutritional guide (hate that term). Vitality Guide? Then it occurred to me, why not mix two passions and illustrate it?
They may just be vegetables, but to me they have distinct personalities. Peas in a pod are, of course, sweet, fun and innocent. Artichokes on the other hand, are the perfect architecture of a vegetable. They are regal and noble.
Eggplants? Carrots? Cauliflower?
This pattern is based on a picture I took at the National Zoo of a storm drain. Tiles tessellating make some intriguing swirls.
In grappling with making a stamped white cat there was the obvious option of carving the image in reverse so that the lines remain and the rest is carved away. It is not how I usually carve, so thinking this way is a challenge. Lines tend to become wider because extremely fine lines become unstable. That’s not entirely true. They have to be carved at an angle leaving a wider base for stability, which can be done more easily for straight lines and open areas. And some of it comes down to comfort and skill. I’ve seen plenty of negative carving, much of it Japanese, that is exquisitely done in miniature. It tends to be done with an X-acto blade. It baffles me.
I think she loses some of the delicacy and subtlety. Regardless, this was an interesting exercise. I feel a little more confident now using this technique. Practice, practice, practice. Especially those things that we fear.