I wanted a bit of inspiration so I took a workshop with Kala press in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to work with Inez Storer as she’s one of my favorite artists. She’s spunky and can be a bit prickly sometimes, but I like that, it adds “zest” to the experience! I have a etching press so look forward to seeing more prints in the future!
I did this piece after the workshop by taking a print I didn’t feel quite worked but liked parts of and re-worked it into a new mixed media piece. The piece is in a show at The Main Gallery in Redwood City right now in a show “New Year, New Work”. My grandfather Sweet’s poem inspired the work and the title! There was no title for the poem, but here it is;
You are like the beauty
of a quiet day in spring,
Like the clear sweet tunes
That nature’s songsters sing.
Not the wild and gaudy brilliance
of the tossing prairie flowers,
But beauty of the violet
Hidden in the shady bower.
by Arthur Sweet 1934