"Forest" -- I would love to have this on my wall
"America the Beautiful" -- the detail in this piece is incredible
Last summer at Renegade Chicago, I was able to meet Valerie at the Tugboat booth. It was really awesome and equally awkward. I had slight "WHAAA you're one of my favorite artists!!!" fever.
ME: Wow, hi. Hi. I love
TB: Oh, thank you...
ME: I was in the college, and I took a class. Where I made the prints.
ME: Yes! That's what it's called, printmaking. One and two.
TB: That's nice...
ME: I was inspire by you. Your work... amaze me. So good. So good.
I'm not even kidding, I sounded like an idiot. And I knew it, but I just couldn't stop the grammatically incorrect fragments from tumbling out of my mouth. I quickly had Sharon snap a photo of me next to "America the Beautiful" and ran away in shame.
It is what it is.
I'm pretty sure I'm blushing here...
An in-progress detail shot of "Garden"
Out of all the creative processes, I probably have the most respect for printmaking, especially wood block printing. It's tedious and time consuming work, but the results are amazing. All of Tugboat's prints are filled with wonderful detail and each print tells a story. I could stare at them for hours.
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All images via Tugboat Printshop