I'm sure that at the end of the last post you all snickered into your hands and KNEW that I'd charge forward with this linocut today. I'm not sure why I challenged anyone to make a choice between working and ibuprofen except me.
It's the DM's fault, really. He felt sorry for me last night and gave my too-long-crouched-over-the-lino neck and shoulders a lovely rubdown. That, and a good night's sleep (assisted by, yes, ibuprofen) had me out of bed and ready to roll again this morning. (Roll again? Is that a printmaking pun?)
Right away there was trouble in printmaking paradise. I pulled color 5 and then decided the rocks had gone too dark, too fast. So after just a little carving for the next color I went back and covered most of it with a lighter tan before adding back a middle brown. Unless your nose is up against the print you really can't tell that there are four brownish colors here, but I am glad I went back for the lighter tone.
But now the kicker. I had expected this dark brown black color (#8) to be the last, but now I'm not so sure. It feels like it wants just a few darker bits in the tree and, dangit, I am out of time for today. Tomorrow's schedule is already quite full and Tuesday I'll be gone all day to Colorado Springs to install a show.
Ah, well... I'm not sure I intended to start 2011 at a dead sprint, but it's better than sitting around wondering what to do with myself!