Gratitude, Mandala Series, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2016, photo © 2016 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
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Posted in Art, Gratitude, Holidays, Mandalas, Personal, Practice, Seasons, Silence, Spirituality, Structure, tagged creating mandalas, end of the year rituals, giving thanks, inspiration, making a Gratitude List, seasonal rituals, Thanksgiving, the practice of gratitude on November 28, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Art, Culture, Dreams, Love, On the Road, Photography, tagged 2015, AMOR, artists, June 26, kinds of love, languages of love, Love Wins, marriage, marriage equality, OBERGEFELL ET AL . v . HODGES, Robert Indiana, SCOTUS, sculpture, the power of love on July 3, 2015 | 2 Comments »
Amor, 2006 by Robert Indiana, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Droid Shots, June 26th, 2014, photo © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
I took this photograph of the sculpture AMOR by Robert Indiana on a visit to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., June 26th, 2014. Exactly one year later, June 26th, 2015, Love Wins (OBERGEFELL ET AL . v . HODGES).
-posted on red Ravine, Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Posted in Art, Gratitude, Growing Older, Haiku, Mandalas, Nature, On the Road, Place, Poetry, Practice, tagged 8 year anniversary of red Ravine, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, broken, circles within circles, cut glass, Kansas City, Missouri, mosaic, red Ravine Blogiversary, the creative practice, unbroken on April 7, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
eight years to the day
broken or unbroken
she decided to stay
-posted on red Ravine, Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form poem in a Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post: haiku 4 (one a day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Art, Haiku, Photography, Poetry, Practice, tagged Alois Senefelder, alternative photographic processes, art & poetry, creative process, haiku practice, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, history of lithography, inspiration, Julie Buffalohead, limestone, lithograph stones, lithography, places I find inspiration, printmaking on March 29, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Lithograph Stones, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2015, photos © 2015 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
the way water repels ink
paper covers rock
I like to draw images for my daily poetry practice from the things that are going on around me. Yesterday we visited the Highpoint Center for Printmaking to see Entwined: New Prints by Julie Buffalohead. Julie collaborated on ten pieces with the printers at Highpoint; several of the editions have sold out. It is a beautiful space. One of the cooperative members working on a large piece of limestone stopped to explain the lithographic process to us. Alois Senefelder invented lithography in 1798 while seeking a less costly method of reproducing copies of his plays. In an attempt to reduce his publications costs, he tried to produce his own copperplate engravings which led to the use of slabs of Bavarian limestone. You can read more at the History of Lithography (LINK).
Making reverse images in copper was a very difficult process, a process that required much time and practice to master. Thus, Senefelder decided to practice his engraving on slabs of Bavarian limestone instead of the costly copper. In the mean time, Senefelder needed a liquid that could be used to correct his frequent mistakes on the genuine copper plates. For this, he found a mixture of wax, soap, lampblack, and rainwater were satisfactory. The two materials, limestone and the “correction fluid” became the primary ingredients of lithography.
By experimenting, Senefelder found that an image drawn onto the limestone with his correction fluid would repel water, while the surface of the stone itself would hold it. He found he could first wet the entire stone then apply ink, with a roller, to the entire stone to replenish the ink on the image. The stone, which held water, repelled the greasy ink; the “correction fluid,” which is greasy and thus repels water, accepted additional ink. The chemical process is known as the Principle of Lithography.
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, March 29nd, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form piece of poetry in a Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post: haiku 4 (one a day) Meets renga 52