Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teasers

Two white-line woodcuts in progress


You will have to wait a bit more to see the print with the house in it.

Because I have found even more white-line woodcuts already in progress!

I have no idea why they aren't finished, but I am excited to finish ALL of them!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Under Construction

Block, print in progress and inspiration


I have printed quite a bit of it and here is a picture of it in progress. By the end  of printing, the leaves should be bright oranges and reds and golds and the house a bright white with one wall in shadow. 

I also hope that the tree trunks uphold the structure of the whole composition.

We shall see next week!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

More Revisiting

Bright Day, jigsaw relief print

Next week, there will be a new white-line woodcut to show you, but the block you saw last week still needs a bit more carving.

In 2013, I wrote a post about the making of this print. It amused me to read it again recently, so I thought I would share it with you.

There is also a video of me printing one of these, so you can see how complicated it was.

"This print is a jigsaw AND a white-line. I completed it a few weeks ago from drawings in my sketchbook. 

I don't know how many pieces I ended up with after I cut up the block - you can try to count them if you want to. But there isn't a prize for the right answer or anything. This time.

Something exciting happened while I was making this print. Aside from getting this cool image, I had a little revelation.

My mother is a crazily avid knitter (I swear this is relevant), but she doesn't like to do small projects with lots of little ends to tie in at the finish. I got her the book Knit Your Own Royal Wedding a few years ago as a Mother's Day gift and she certainly laughed as she looked through it, but I knew she wouldn't actually knit any of the projects. "These characters are full of little fussy bits," she told me. 

I used to think I was the same way - not interested in "little fussy bits". But now I am not so sure.

This block seems like a messy, logistical nightmare to print - there are a lot of pieces and some of them are small enough to worry that they might end up lost down the drain during clean up - but I really loved every minute I was making it. Even snuggling the tiny pieces together when they were covered with ink and one tiny slip of a finger meant pulling it apart and re-inking.

This was created in one layer, just like a traditional white-line woodcut. So I didn't have to worry about registering the paper on the block properly over and over again. 

Basically, all is going well."
If you are interested in adding this print to your collection, they are still available.
And this image is also in the Wave Collection of note cards.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Older and Newer

white-line woodcut, carving in progress

For a few weeks, we've talked about printing white-line woodcuts over several months or years. 

Today, you are seeing a block that is partly carved. I transferred the image last week sometime and I've been steadily carving ever since. The black lines haven't been touched yet

This block does have a few things in common with Low Tide Seat. For one thing, the image is from a painting I did in 2012 called Neighbor's House.

And the drawing that I transferred was started last August. 

Low Tide Seat has yielded a bunch of successful impressions over the years. This block has yet to bear any prints. Hopefully, that won't take too long.

 

Neighbor's House, oil on canvas, 14"x11"
Available - contact me

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Old and New


The newest impression of Low Tide Seat, carved in 2011


Last week, we talked about starting to print a white-line woodcut and not finishing it for a while.

Here is another example - as I was gathering materials for the workshop a few weeks ago, I found this block with an unfinished print attached! I have no idea when I started printing this version of Low Tide Seat, but I know for certain that I completed it last week.

If you would like to see it in person, I'll have it with me at Art on the Common on June 3rd in Hampton Falls, NH.

If you can't wait and you need to have it now, you can purchase it through my website.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Taking Our Time

Hoplon, first white-line woodcut print off a new block


Finishing it just the other day reminded me of another reason to love white-line woodcuts. You can start and stop easily - even in the middle of a print. 

The watercolor dries on the block and on the pallet but can be easily re-hydrated and used again at any time.

Some artists have literally worked on one print for years! Taking two months to finish one doesn't seem so bad compared to that, does it?

This is the only print from this block so far and it hasn't had its official portrait taken yet, but if you are interested in snapping it up before it even makes it to the online gallery, contact me.






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Workshop Impressions


I spent the weekend with some delightful students at the white-line workshop I taught in Manchester, NH.

There is very little proof - I forgot to take any photos until the workshop was over and I was cleaning up. These pallets and puddles of paint are all I have left of a wonderful two days.

While they printed away, we shared artists we admired and talked about where we’d first been enchanted by the medium.

Even if some of the students never print another woodcut, they left with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the medium. 

We are all lovers of white-line woodcuts and that is a very special thing. 

If you missed this workshop and regret it, contact me and I will make sure to let you know when there will be another one!
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