Sunday, December 23, 2012

Do we call it a lino-coot?

I tried several iterations of "one last ink color" before settling on this beauty:

Makes you want to run right out and paint your entire kitchen, doesn't it? Okay, maybe not.

I did decide (at Wendy's suggestion, thanks!) to try a blend from the side rather than the top of the image. In the end this color was so subtle that the blend from color-to-nothing didn't really show, although blending one edge into straight transparent base did keep a hard line from forming down the middle of the image.

And here's the result. I had done a bit more carving in the green reflection, so this slightly darker addition put a bit more life in the flat areas. Not overpowering, but enough to give us somewhere to look other than just at the bird.

I'm going to call it done. I have this sudden urge to title it "Lino-coot," but I suppose that's a bit obscure for those not in the printmaking "know." I'll have to think of something else. 

It's nice to have a drying rack full of freshly-pulled linocuts for the holiday... especially since this 8" x 10" image was practice for something coming up. Here's a hint: I ordered 36-inch-wide (!!) unmounted lino this morning. Merry Christmas to me!


  1. Lino coot. haha.
    And 36" wide? Man! Someone's gonna have aching shoulders.
    Happy and Merry to you, Sherrie.

  2. Hi Sherrie, Those reflections & ripples are stunning. Best yet.

    Nadolig Llawen to you from North Wales :)


  3. Sherrie, it's lovely. Resist the pun as title.

  4. Lino-coot! Good one! It really does look splendid. It sounds like you have very BIG plans for the new year, I'm looking forward to reading about it.

    Wishing you a happy new year and all my best for 2013.

  5. Your coot is just lovely, I love the pun of the title!!Happy cutting with your wide lino - wow!!

  6. Great job Sherry! I love your Lino Coot and his splendid swirling water. A long way since your start at Abend!