Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A new print finally!

First, a new image! Amazing, I know, it's been a while. I actually have two blocks carved and ready to go but life keeps getting in the way.

On the other hand, my home projects are coming right along this year and I'm getting buffed and tanned driving the wheelbarrow around.

But back to art...

There it is, an exchange print in full color. I kept the image simple. The key (black) block is standard cherry, the color block is a puzzle cork block. Cork is tough to work with, hard to print and generally a big pain in the booty. But I really like the irregular surface to fill with color but leave the paper showing.
Is this a sign of more color to come? Hmmm...mixed feelings here. I actually have two more blocks of the Grand Canyon series ready to print, and they are black on my favorite Beech Grove Paperworks hand-crafted paper.
The color was fun too, but there is something about the traditional honest one-color woodcut. We'll see!


  1. Cork.... wow. The way you experiment and your tenacity in making your experiments work inspires me so much. This piece is lovely in its simplicity.

  2. Hi Annie, Cork is kind of tough to work with for a "regular" block because it crumbles and it is flimsy. But for color blocks, it gives a "shimmery" look that is very appropriate for desert scenery and allows the color paper to shine through and "unify" the whole composition. This was an experiment and possibly more complex imagery will follow, although I enjoyed the simple shapes. Thanks for your comments!