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!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Speading the White-line Woodcut Wealth

Evening Wave, Monhegan Island, white-line woodcut print

This weekend is the big event and I am very excited!

Saturday and Sunday some lucky people will learn all about white-line woodcuts and how to make them. With the knowledge and skills they acquire in two days, they will be able to create woodcut prints for the rest of their lives.

That's life changing stuff! Once you have learned to draw or paint or print, the world never looks the same to you.

Together, the students and I will investigate compositions, colors, techniques, shapes, tools, paper, and all things white-line woodcut. And we will spend some time on my favorite topic - how to make "mistakes" turn in to what we really wanted after all.

It is going to be a fun weekend, I promise. 

It isn't too late to join us, but you are running out of time. To sign up at the last minute, click here!
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