I have been having a hard time with my woodblocks. The Luan was not a great idea. It does not hold detail like the Shina. Chips and peels very badly. I've been able to set it aside for a while because my wife has asked me to do something for our niece's wedding. It is just a few weeks away so I started a pastel that I know I can finish in time. Rough drawing and first layer done.
Here is another little bonus found on John Stein's great website. This is one of three out of print books he has posted in their entirety. This one is a 1954 book titled 'Engraving on Wood' by John Farleigh.
I have the first block cut (needs some clean-up) for the floral woodcut and the second block is ready to be carved. Will probably be the last time I use this kind of wood. It does not hold detail like the shina.
Also did a quick monoprint just to rest my brain for a while.
I have mentioned the wonderful website of John Steins in earlier posts and all of the fantastic printmaking information available there. I spent a little more time there this morning and found a post on a Lino-cut technique that I absolutely will try in the future. It's the 'Jigsaw Method' in which the lino block is cut into sections so they can be inked separately. This makes gradated inking much easier. The block is then re-assembled on the press and printed all at once.
One of our local Big Bear resturants has contacted me about displaying a couple of paintings during the summer months. Since we just received another 5 inches of snow last night, I'm not sure that summer is that close yet, so probably no hurry. They are looking specifically for wildlife subjects. I have this acrylic of a cougar from our local zoo that worked well for me. Also an acrylic of an eagle that reminds me of paintings done on velvet that I've seen south of the border, but other people have given me good comments on it. Just being kind I'm thinking.
Belinda Del Pesco wrote in her blog about her collection of old photos she keeps and uses as subjects for her wonderful watercolor paintings. Watercolor still escapes me but, I too, have used photographs my wife and I have taken as subjects in some of my acrylic paintings. The piece to the left is one of Belinda's newer works. Below is one I did of Teri (my wife) at a car show here in Big Bear, and another of a biker cafe in the small town where Teri's mother lived in central California.
I studied art many, many years ago, then drifted away from it pursuing a living. Ten years ago, through a love for photography, I revisited my art and creative side.
In this new adventure, I discovered printmaking. Linocuts and woodblock work hold so many surprises for me.
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