Love Cycles

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

I am not sure exactly when I started following the blog SouleMama. But I can say that is one of the blogs that I read religiously. So when I see a post that includes a piece of my artwork, well…I get a little giddy.

You see, the Cycles print was one of the most challenging for me. The work that I do for Taproot Magazine is generally tied to a story. So I read the story and interpret it into a block. Carve. Print. Send. I knew the image that I was going for but it was coming out of me as easy as some of the others. I simply love that it is one of the most popular of my prints. It just goes to show that we, as artists, need to step back to really appreciate our work sometimes.

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Be well. Create. Inspire.

Sneak Peek

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Here is a sneak peak of what will be in the upcoming issue of Taproot Magazine RECLAIM. In September I had the honor of attending the Squam Art Workshops: Taproot Gathering. At the Gathering I had the opportunity to meet Jason Miller and Amanda Blake Soule. So much of the submission process happens virtually. It was such a delight to meet them in person and be able to share in the joys of being a part of the magazine. I even helped out at the Taproot booth for a little while during the art fair on Saturday night during the Gathering. Several contributors attended the Gathering. It was so nice to be able to put faces to some of the names.

I so completely appreciate the opportunity to be a contributor. It has gotten me more in touch with myself through my artwork, bringing forth various art forms that were…lost for awhile. My guess is you will see some samples of that soon as well. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for the next issue.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

St. Francis

The Cimabue Francis by Michelle Kroll (C)2013

The Cimabue Francis by Michelle Kroll (C)2013

I had been trying to think of a way that I could combine my work and my (current) pleasure. The print at the right is the outcome. The Cimabue Francis print was made because the Franciscan Spiritual Center (my day job), was looking for something to use for an appeal. As I am involved with the project at work as well I thought I would offer up a print. The result you see here. It has been very well received. Francis is a well-loved saint. If you would like to purchase a print of your own you can get one here.

The inspiration continues to flow. Keep watching.
Coming soon- Why Printmaking?

Be well. Create. Inspire.

:: Sneak Peek ::

PeekSo, one of the project I have in the works is a wood block print for another submission to Taproot. This is a very exciting project for me for 2 reasons. First, this is the second time I will be published in a magazine. And secondly, it is an opportunity to be a part of Taproot again. The people, the magazine, the community that is present in its pages, inspire so! It is the very relationship with the magazine (and its people) that keeps pushing me to do more artwork. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on why I have called in the direction of printmaking. I have not come up with a clear answer. What I do know is that instead of continuing to ask myself why, I need to ask myself why not. I am always so grateful for the kind words said about my work. Therefore, I keep showing it off and talking about it. The more and more I have been talking about it, the more projects come to me. So, I have been making a list and will be getting some more blocks on the way. For those of you out there that continue to support me in this endeavor, I say “Thank you!”

If you have not yet taken the opportunity to checkout Taproot, I strongly encourage you to do so! So, since publication is a ways away (June) I took a little snippet of print to show you. Enjoy.

Be well. Create. Inspire.