Saturday and Sunday I was part of a wood block printmaking workshop. It was really for advanced carvers, who were working on colored prints (meaning multiple blocks) printed on a press, but since I was there and since I was invited the join, I had no choice; temperamentally I couldn’t resist. I have never carved a wood block and I’m a mooshy oil painter, but I took the workshop anyway.
So here are my woodblocks. I only did a couple of proofs and no real prints — time ran out. I loved the carving and was terrible at the design. But that’s OK; I’m a painter and I never could think in reverse. But of course, I had to do two wood blocks, the first to see what happened and the second because I was inspired….
The Clarno Palisade Woodblock, about 5″ x 7″; no prints made yet.
Miocene, woodblock, about 5 x 7, no prints made yet.
Miocene will undoubtedly get discarded, but I really wanted to do something like that that worked (it’s adapted from a photo of my textile piece Miocene). But I have to keep telling myself that I’m a painter, and in my next life (after I retire from singing opera), I will take up wood carving.
I’m hooked on the carving. It’s the design that gives me fits. –June