It was a carving frenzy, lots of narrow and odd-shaped areas to clear away again. Fortunately I recently found a series of radio broadcasts from the Czech Republic, Toulky Ceskou Minulosti (which translates roughly as Strolls Through the Czech Past), and I was listening to the episodes while I carved. The programs begin with a look at prehistory, centuries before Cromagnon man showed up, and cover the span of time that followed until the 20th century. They're based on a series of witty history books published about 15 years ago I think. Fascinating stuff right? No, really...the migration of tribes and ancient Celts and all that. Sort of a more intricatelly detailed and scholarly version of an Edgar Rutherford novel.
Oddly enough, neither Roland nor Nora fully share my enthusiasm but so be it. I suppose it may sound dry to some but I totally lap it up. Plus, since the broadcasts are in Czech, listening exercises my mind a bit while I'm at it. Or so I tell myself, despite the fact that being fluent in two languages didn't seem to help my mother all that much. If anything, it now makes conversations with her more of a puzzle as she interweaves one language with the other. But what the hell; the radio broadcasts make the carving fly by. And apparently there are 850 episodes or some such crazy number so I have a good long way to go. I'm up to number 15.
Here's the second-to-last colour of the print:
And the final one:
Crystal Crag, Lake George - Reduction Linocut
7 x 9.5 inches
I find a nice sense of closure in finishing out this year's printing with a work built on the memory of one of my favourite places.