Monday, January 3, 2011

Happiness is a rack full o' prints


Yeah, baby. A brand new edition to start the year off right. Silly me, to think I would get a good night's sleep knowing there was just one color to go on this piece. Also silly to think that I would be able to focus on any of the other tasks on my list today until it was finished.

It took a couple of tries to get this last color right.. I didn't want it to look black, but my first attempts didn't provide enough contrast to make that last little "pop" that I look for. I had to clean off the block and start over more than once and I now have a big pile of a very dark something-or-other color ink to save and hopefully put to use soon.


I took a few branches out of the tree and most of the printable area out of the rocks. I definitely think it was a good call to do one more pass...

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the first linocut of 2011? "Standing Still," 9 color reduction, 6 x 6 inches.  I haven't sorted through the prints yet, but I think the final edition will be 10. Whatever else happens this week, I already feel great about how I launched the new year!

16 comments:

Wendy Willis said...

Wow, that last color really finished it off so nicely! Well done for starting your year off so beautifully. You are such an inspiration. Happy New Year, Sherrie!

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Happy New Year, Sherrie.
A very nice print what a way to start the year.
You are ahead of me already. The Oystercatcher print I have on the go is still two colours at least from finishing and the trawler print still needs one more colour.

Sonya Johnson said...

Beautious. Rock on :D!

Jill Bergman said...

It's beautiful!!!

Susan J. Tweit said...

You go! I think you should have called it "Rock On" though... Happy New Year!

Mariann said...

I think I have some of that dark color in my store too :o)) possible to ask what kind of ink you use?

Sherrie Y said...

Thanks, everyone.

Mariann, I mostly use the Daniel Smith oil-based relief inks.

Stuart, you kick my butt more often than you know, so glad to return the favor!

Jennifer Rose said...

looks wonderful :D and its a great way to start the new year

Anonymous said...

Good start for the new year Sherrie! I'm envious and challenged. Beautiful print. Glad to have found your blog via Baren.
Linda J. Beeman

Annie B said...

Happy New Year Sherrie! You're way ahead of me, too -- I just got my studio cleaned up yesterday for the fresh new year.
I like what happened with the last dark layer. Good choice.

Ellen Shipley said...

I thought it was great before but now it really pops. 8-]

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Wow speedy printer! This looks great! I linked to this post on my blog, hope that's ok.

Lindy said...

I'm not an artist but I do know what I like and I like your final print - it really does "pop". :D

Joan Y said...

Yowza! Your artwork is amazing and your new print is a piece that I instantly love! I'll definitely be back!

Robyn said...

Joan's right: Yowza indeed! Brilliant start to the year, Sherrie. Inspiring as ever.

Jala Pfaff said...

Fabulous!

Happy New Year.