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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Walnut Tree - woodcut

"Walnut Tree" woodcut with monoprint, 7x9" on Owara Mulberry. Buy now at my Etsy shop.

Sometimes when I get frustrated with my painting, or run into some sort of obstacle, shifting to block prints seems to work things loose. I've been carving the block for this print over the last couple of weeks without a clear idea of what I'd do with the background. I was thinking about printing just the tree in black, when Jana's blog inspired me to work with monoprinting again. This print is one of several variations I printed this evening.

I also used this block to experiment with working with a different way of transfering the image to the block. Most of my block prints use photographs I take as their starting point, and usually I print out the design and then use transfer paper to trace the outlines I want to carve away. In the tracing process, I'd make some decisions about how to simplify the shapes in the image. But this time I printed the photograph of the tree on very thin paper, and pasted the image to the block. Japanese style printmakers will recognize this as a hanshita. All my adjustments to the image were made directly on the block.


At 7:32 PM, Blogger Tom Brown said...

Greaat work! I just found your site and love your art. - Tom Brown

At 7:49 AM, Blogger Parapluie said...

Love the walnut tree! A tree close to my heart! Very interesting subject!! Must be fun to try different backgrounds.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Wow! This is so beautiful. I love the way the sky glows against the dark tree. It was interesting to read about the hanshita method. Thanks for the link to my blog--reciprocal inspiration is great since your work inspired my monotype and linotype experiments.

At 10:47 PM, Anonymous bart said...

Nice work!


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