Friday, December 18, 2009


Henry paint on black stamp, 2" x 2" (approximately)

Using your own drawing for carving a stamp is pretty wonderful. My work space is small and confining here in Tanabe and thus my studio work has gotten smaller. I have loved the process of making duplicates for many years now and continue to explore the notion of originality in a print. I have been doing this through both color and surface mostly - until this piece. I knew that the dog's face represented a special spirit, but in different colors and on different surfaces she seemed to morph beautifully into a free spirit image that is becoming all of the dogs I know and have known. The original dog drawing was of "Ellie"enjoying her new found wind. Now, in stamp form and with some Henry spots she is reminiscent of my fairy goddog, Henry. In blue with a black outline and some delicate eyes she resembles "Bailey" and in other colors and sizes the spirit of my many of my very special dog friends.

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