It's a little frustrating to look out my studio windows into swirling snow when friends elsewhere are posting images of blooming daffodils and greening grass. Such is the way of spring in the high country. (sigh)
But these are the sorts of days in which I am grateful that both the DM and I can work at home. A cup of tea and my slippers are all I really need to get down to business.
This morning it's the business of contemplation. The goldeneye piece ("No Time Like the Present") has been waiting patiently for resolution, and the new piece I'm working on has reached the inevitable "What next?" stage. Decision-making time looms.
I messed around with additional colors in the figure of the goldeneye but didn't like the result... today I think I'll try a few additions in the water and see what happens. Ultimately I think the piece will probably stand as is, but I need to satisfy myself that I've explored other possibilities.
Meanwhile, the new linocut in progress is also of waterfowl. I'm feeling superstitious about showing much, despite the fact the piece is at least ten colors along! I am pleased with the way the birds have developed, but the rest of it is a big question mark. For now all you get are the first two colors, applied again with the use of a stencil (yeah, I've been diggin' this stencil business).
So I'm off to stare at blocks and prints and tools as I search for the next steps in both of these images. If you hear a cry of "Eureka!" and see some ratty slippers tossed into the air, you'll know I've found what I'm looking for.
Update: I added one more color to the top edge of the goldeneye piece today. I struggle to get a good shot of blues with a digital camera, but here's the final version of "No Time Like the Present."