Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Back in the shadows


Success! I think.

Here we have the second  linoleum block all carved and hanging out with the original reduction block. Since the belly shadow (or BS, as I like to call it) is a transparent blueish gray I figured it would be just fine to let the color interact with the entire bird body. I inked most of the right-hand side of the second block and printed away....

It took a while to settle on the "correct" value for this pesky magpie belly, but I think I've got it. We'll know for sure after the next pass. There's some brown to go into the branches, a few dark values to go into the foreground leaves and one more darker pass to the bird before it's done.


  1. Sherry, such contortions we do for and with our art.
    There's a lovely feeling of shadows and depth your print.
    I love how the bird isn't the total focus of this print. More that bird is IN its environment, sort of a bigger picture of a small picture.

  2. You must be very happy. It looks so good! Your depth levels are getting so much deeper. Really love it. Can't wait to see more.

  3. Big improvement.
    Becomes the focus without being too detailed or intrusive.
    Nice play across the whole print.
    I am always amazed at how SMALL these are; they seem much bigger until I see the clipboard.

  4. Wow- that really brought your Magpie forward and gave him more dimension. Nice solution!

  5. that little shawdow makes such a huge difference! great job

  6. I love seeing this develop as you add the layers, great perserverence!

  7. That is a beautiful BS. It really does bring the piece to life. I love magpies, have watched them for countless hours and this linocut just captures magpie-ness to a T. The bird even has that classic magpie hunker!