I have no photos to share once again this week. I did have Sunday off but besides a half hour bike ride adventure to the closet Trader Joe’s for the first time to buy some groceries, not much exciting occurred. I am forced to take the weekends as they come so I am not always able to get out and explore as I’d like, particularly when there is laundry, shopping and cleaning to take care of at home. There was a bit of socializing, with some informal student get-togethers after long days of work both on Friday and Saturday. I am amazed that beer can be purchased at both the local grocery and drug stores up until about midnight, but only with official ID. Not only can one choose from a pretty impressive selection of both domestic and import beer but wine and spirits are sold as well, some at ridiculously low prices. I have noticed the cost of soda or juice is often higher. Not that I’m doing much drinking these days other then a beer or two here or there to be social. I mention this only as an observation.
The week began with my first and second edition reviews today and I am happy to report all went well. I will develop a better eye through this process but my notes and observations on my own work were not far off from Rodney’s evaluation, so I’ll take that as a good sign. I’ll have two more editions to turn in next Monday and those I am more concerned about. The projects are becoming more complex as I believe I may have mentioned and printing them also presents new challenges.
We are headed into the world of tusche washes later in the week. I am pretty excited because as any lithographer knows washes can be extremely challenging to work with. We will practice etching and printing and are guaranteed to have new confidence and a consistent way to achieve good results, can’t wait!
The biggest excitement of the week however may well be the opening of the New Mexico State Fair! I have an edition to print tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on timing with my press partner, so hopefully I’ll get there some time between Thursday and Sunday. It promises to be a cultural experience like no other! I’ve been told of the variety of Indian/First Nation jewelry, rugs, arts, crafts and performances; the pie and preserves contests; food stalls and livestock competitions; rides; midway and even a rodeo. The fair ground is too far to bike to but a bus will get me there easily enough. I promise I’ll take as many photos as I can so check back again soon.