Before Christmas I gathered together many of the paintings of bears I had worked on over the 30 years in which I have been an artist. In doing so I started sketching again, new bears.
As an experiment I have decided to work this piece as a linocut, a wood engraving ( if I can, I am not convinced that I am skilled enough for this image) and also as a painting. All will take time, as I am supposed to be working on hares, but still feeling unwell, plagued by migraines and coughing and tiredness and lack of focus.
Also, kittens are still helping, although now they have met all the animals in the house and can banish them from the studio. But when they are in it they just love to be where I am, watching! Hard to work while such beauty moves around!
The linocut is ready for proofing now, and will be for sale if the print works out ok. And the painting has been begun. The engraving is only a line drawing on a beautiful block and I need to gather courage to begin this. The block is so smooth. I have darkened it with ink to help with the engraving. All I need now is courage to begin and time.
And what is the experiment for? To see which I prefer working on. To see how one image can translate across different media. To see which I find easiest to translate. If the painting works there will be giclee prints also, just a short print run. And maybe also something else. Something new.