Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Does anyone else remember that when I started this little print I said it was just going to be two colors? (sigh) At this point I think I'm stopping at the next run, which will be the fourth color. But it's always hard to say. As the image evolves I always get new ideas.

You might notice that this third color doesn't extend to the bottom inch of the print. That entire shadow area in the foreground will be a different, darker, color, so it wasn't necessary to let this one cover the entire plate. I could have cut a mask and kept this color out of the lower half completely... and if I intended this to be more than five colors I might have done so. But I think it will be just fine once the fourth (last?) color goes down.


  1. Sherrie - I think the trick is more to know when to stop, not getting stressed about adding colours when it so totally makes a huge difference to the print.

    My recent two were meant to be reductions, but the one colour was just so powerful, I chose not to continue.

    I think developing the image as you work through it is one of the joys of reduction; pretty hard to do that with multi-block, at least, not the same.

    Looking great so far - I'm really looking forward to the final (however many more colours you end up with!!).

  2. Thanks, Amie.. Yes, that IS the fun of working in reduction... not being precisely sure where I'm going. But sometimes about halfway through I think "wow, I should have done THIS," but of course it's too late. No going back.

    I know a Dutch printmaker who does mind-boggling woodcuts in reduction: 20 or more colors per print! Siemen Dykstra. He's amazing, and I can't imagine that one CAN plan for such a thing.

  3. Killer stuff as always, Sherrie! I'm always impressed by the way you pull a vibrant image out of a blank linoleum sheet.

    Anyway, I'm tagging you with the 6-word meme. Kind of fun blog fodder- you try to come up with 6 words that describe you as a birder (or bird artist, or nature artist, or whatever, I suppose...)

    Here are the rules (copied from the original blogger who started this):
    1. Write your own six word memoir
    2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
    3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
    4. Tag five more blogs with links
    5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

    Are we going to see you in Cañon City for the CFO convention?? I hope so!


  4. This is lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished piece... your trees are just inspiring!

  5. Thanks Willy, for the tag... which I shall endeavor to meet thoughtfully.

    As for Cañon City... it's a big maybe. I'm SUPPOSED to be in Steamboat that weekend for Colorado Art Ranch, but that's looking iffy now, too. Big things happening here about that time, so it's hard to say. We'll see! Don't find all the new Chaffee records without me, please.

    Beth... thanks! It just keeps emerging, this thing!