Thursday, January 27, 2011

Okay, back to work.

Now that I'm done hyperventilating over an excess of exposure, it really is time to settle down and get back to work. Colors 2 and 3 have been applied to the current linocut, and of course I'm still working on the icon project and a couple of other illustrations for clients.

Colors 1 and 2 could have been applied simultaneously, but I didn't have quite the necessary roller width to do a light-to-dark-to-light blend all in one pass. This way I managed to retain a few lighter blue bits from the first pass... a bonus I hadn't planned for but was happy to capitalize on. The difference in the blues was hard to express in a photo until I shot the image sideways... sorry if it doesn't make a lot of sense this way!

Color 3 is a straightforward gray-brown, although inked lightly to keep a little variety in the tree trunks and the background-to-be-resolved later. It's time to slow down now, as the next stage involves quite a bit of "noodly" carving of skinny branches.

The snow scene complusion seems to be everywhere right now... Stuart's still doing a delicate linocut dance at Wildlife with Pen and Brush, Sonya's been creating a cloud of pastel at Sonya's Daily Art Journal, and Ann Lewis tells me she's about to tackle the Welsh winter in lino, too. Ooo-whee! I love all the activity!

As if I didn't have anything else to do this week, I started mucking around and updating my website. I shudder to think of the condition of my host server right now... a melange of altered old pages, abandoned old pages, and completely new pages. I'll clean it all up when everything's finally satisfactory, but OOOH. Messy. (Sorry, Ernie. I promise I'll tidy up my space soon.)


  1. Okay, I *finally* got a chance to watch the video without annoying streaming interruptions present initially when I tried - how awesome & congratulations! Wonderful presentation of you and your work :).

    And I can tell this new lino is going to be spectacular - those long sweeping shadows and slender aspen trunks? Oh my...time to pull up a chair and grab some popcorn for this!

    Every time I'm out snowshoeing and see interesting cast shadows, I think: "Sherrie would love these!" Here's hoping some actual snow comes your way, but it's not looking very promising.

    And, thank you for the mention :).

  2. Hi Sherrie

    Print is coming along nicely. I am in awe of the nicely carved block. I start every print with the intention of having a nice cleanly carved block at every stage of the process. For all my good intentions they always end up looking like I've attacked it with a pick axe!Thats why I very rarely post photos of the blocks with the print.

  3. I'm jealous of you of your registration. I pull 24 prints and only end up with 16 clean prints especially when I'm using a block bigger than 6x9. What can I do to improve?

  4. Thanks, Sonya! (And I'm flattered that shadows make you think of me!)

    Stuart... I don't ever show a CLOSE UP of my blocks now, do I? ;-)

    Laurel, welcome. I have a post about my registration system in the sidebar under popular posts... maybe that will help?