Monday, June 3, 2013

Linocut in progress: Columbine Part 3

Who was it that said, "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"?

There's a lot of "life" happening here at the moment, which is putting a bit of a damper on my studio time and focus capacity. I had hoped to have this columbine linocut finished by now, but it's just poking along. Ah is what it is, I guess.

Step 6
Here's a second darkish pass to start defining the background. I've decided that the upper background isn't going to have much more activity than it already has, although there will still be some darker bits in the lower background. Still have to sort that out.

Step 7
It's not particularly "normal" to go back and add a lighter color over a darker, but I neglected to work the centers of the flowers before I moved on to the background. It's okay, though... I rather like the tonal variety I got here. If I wanted a more solid yellow I could put a second layer here, but I think they'll be okay as is.

I might be able to wrap this up in two more color passes... it all depends on how the next one plays out. The background feels a bit too bright to me, so I'm going to try to tone it down. We'll see!


  1. John Lennon. (Or was that a rhetorical question that I have taken literally?)

    Those columbines are looking good. Strong and delicate at the same time.

  2. Tricksy to add back a lighter color. Looks great. 8-]

  3. Really? Lennon? I actually didn't know. Thanks. :-)

    It's a fun color palette... how often does one get to use purple-y ink?


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