I anticipated finishing this long coot linocut... oh... three or four days ago, but the microscopic organisms currently on holiday in our town apparently decided I was an irresistible roadside attraction, and here they've settled.
Yeah. I have a cold, and I'm cranky about it. Can you tell?
Standing on my feet to print has had to take place in between bouts of sitting on the sofa boosting the stock value of facial tissue manufacturers. But take place it has, and I'm pleased to report that this piece is finished! At least I think it is.
Last time I checked in the piece was at this stage:
I had just applied a middle green to the water reflection, which started to give an idea of the overall graphic quality of the image. Only two more passes to go!
The next step was to carve some major bits of the water and then try to hit the right color/value balance in the left-side reflection. This turned out to be every bit the challenge I expected, and I lost a couple of prints in the process of trying to sort this out.
In the end I hoped that this would be a color that was dark enough to provide the big, graphic statement I wanted but light enough to not overwhelm the bird, which still needed one more darker pass. It looks WAY contrastier (It is too a word, you rotten spellcheck. Leave it alone.) in the photo than it really is. (I'm finding myself more and more frustrated with my limitations as a photographer.)
And then the last step: Dark head and darkest shadows of the coot!
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