Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Duck linocut demo, continued

Alrighty then! As hoped, I squeezed out a little time in the schedule to get the next two color passes done on the small duck linocut that will serve as a demonstration piece at Birds in Art's Artists in Action event on September 8. (About a week-and-a-half away!)

A bit more carving and a second gradated blue pass was applied over the previous.

 Most of the background came out after that and a gray-brown gave the duck more form.

I'm not at all certain I like the half-frame around the top. It seemed interesting in my sketch to have the foreground water flowing out from the around the sides of the border, but in execution I think it's a bit too contrasty or something. Or maybe the ripples shouldn't have extended as high into the background as they do.

OR maybe I'm just obsessing prematurely. There's still one more dark to go and I don't intend to apply it to the border... it could be that everything sorts itself out with the last color. Or not. I might try going back in with a lighter color on the border only...

But none of that will be decided until after the demo on the 8th, at which time I'll do the carving for that last dark and hopefully get all the edition printed.

In the meantime, I will be back to the gull later this week!


  1. It seems you have a lot more of the white of the paper showing through with this print, than you normally do. Is it intentional? Is it the paper?

  2. Yes and no, Wendy! There IS some more white showing in the background (I dug out an old batch of that goofy Hosho that was giving me trouble, just to use it up since this is a demo piece), but it's not nearly as pronounced as the photos seem to show. I think it might be the angle I'm shooting or something.

  3. Sherrie, this is going to be a lovely print and I love the half border. It makes me feel like I could 'swim' into the print!

    Love, Carole

  4. i do like the border, wouldn't worry about it until after you put the other dark down. really like the reflection in the water, so well done :D

    I used you as an example in class for reduction lino :D the teacher was like great, always nice to see an artist i haven't heard of.

  5. A-ha! A ring-billed duck!

    The reflections are especially nice.