Tuesday, June 01, 2010
More gyotaku experiments
Inbetween other pieces, I'm starting to experiment with fish prints. The fishing season isn't in full swing yet, so finding whole fish is a challenge. I come across the occasional fish and snatch it up. Freezing doesn't seem to adversely affect the texture of the fish and prints remain the same.
This rainbow trout has done yeoman's duty before it went off the the compost pile. Yes, some are eaten after printing, but many are too well used to do that. I look at them as another art tool, albeit an expensive one at times.
I've put in an order for some Japanese papers and am looking forward to getting them and having some time to try out more. There are a mind boggling number of Japanese papers, not all of them suitable for gyotaku or capable of withstanding additional manipulation.
Then the question of mounting the final pieces is taking me down different avenues of exploration. Aside from traditional framing, I hadn't really considered other options and there are a number of them. Its opening a whole new world of supports, techniques and processes.
Just a fish you say.....think again.