May 24, 2009

Revisiting Texada

My next print is based on a sunset on Texada Island, where we spent our vacation last summer. A printout of the photo has been sitting on my desk since last fall, taunting me:

I knew I'd turn it into a reduction cut one day but I needed all this time to look at it and figure out how I'm going to handle the colours. Now, the time has come.

I've set aside what's been my primary carving material for the past year or more, Shina plywood, and am going with MDF again for this print. Oh the tough decisions we printmakers have to make!
I love working with Shina, but I just can't get some of the finer textures I'm after sometimes with it, specially in smaller print sizes. It's why I used lino for my Cohen print and why I now turn to the stack of MDF taking up space under my work area. I originally bought the MDF when I saw the amazing work Jen does with it, but I only did a couple of very basic experiments when I got a big order of Shina and the MDF took second place. I figure I haven't given it enough of a run, so this will be it.

I did a rough sketch of the main tonal areas and transferred it to the block and then cleared the border around the image. I'm a bit freaked out about the block swelling, given I'm using DS water clean-up inks, so I saturated it with mineral oil first, both before and after carving.

And, the first colour, really not much to crow about yet.

May 03, 2009

Finishing the Leonard Cohen print and Soil Under the Fingernails

Cohen Kōan finished. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

image size 9 x 11 inches

What I'm not so pleased with is that I'm not sure what I'll be doing next. I've spent the last week trying to fix up my website (almost there) and all of the weekend on chores and on putting in the vegetable garden. With spring weather finally here and the seedlings I started about three weeks ago

ready and eager to get out into the world,

R and I have been busy turning over soil, pulling weeds, building space for all the veggies I'm attempting this year. My pole bean toddlers went into the garden yesterday, along with peas and beet seeds.
Determined to really dive into the whole eat local thing I've got great ambitions but not a hell of knowledge so we'll see how that marries up. So far, the beans are looking ok.

But all of that hasn't left too much room
for creative visions and my mind is a blank page. We'll have to see what the coming week brings. For now, it's back to the webpage tweakings.