Thursday, October 15, 2015

Linocut in Progress: Out of the shadows and into the woods


This piece is turning out to be quite the learning experience. Some of it is because I've been away from the press too long and some of it is because I haven't ever tried to do a snow scene WITH the press. I've gotten a wee bit carried away, just because I could. Witness Blue Pass #6:

Snow scene linocut: Step 6
With this step I FINALLY figured out what I should have been doing all along. Instead of a blended roll, I should have just stepped down the values as they came forward. Duh. At this stage I have removed all of the snow and shadow material in the upper third of the block. I could have done this two passes ago and saved myself a lot of agony, but I didn't. Unfortunately the shadows are now more solid-looking, less transparent and "glow-y" than I wanted, but I'm just going to have to go with it.

Next I removed all the shadow and snow material from the middle third of the block and inked only the lower third. Like this:

Because I don't want the dry upper portion of the block to pull up the existing ink layers on the prints, I cover that area with a newsprint mask before running it through the press. Like this:

And here's Blue Pass # 7. Also known as the overkill pass.

Snow scene linocut: Step 7

So now there's a subtle value change in the overall shadows from back to front. Which is what I thought I was doing all along, I was just making it harder on myself. As usual.

The temptation to stick one more blue in the foreground was strong, but I really needed to just stop and get on with the rest of the image. The entire thing needs to be done by the weekend and there are still at least 5 colors to go.

And just in case you're as sick of blue as I am... here's a gray. It's always a scary moment when I move away from the harmony of a single color and snap some values back in the other direction. But, hey... at least we're out of the shadows and into the trees.

Snow scene linocut: Step 8


  1. Wonderful work ! Linocut is so exciting to do, and can be really an artistic work. ( I'm sorry for my bad english :(, but I wanted to tell you how I like your work )

  2. I learn a lot trough your "errors". I'm new to linocut and it's always a learning experience to read about your ongoing work.

    Reading your past entries in your blog, I assume that you can read french.

    Je suis français du Québec, j'ai lu la totalité de votre blog, oui, je dis bien la totalité des entrées de votre blog.

    J'étais fasciné par vos images d'une telle profondeur, avec une harmonie de couleurs à vous couper le souffle!

    Et je continue de lire vos "post" avec un intérêt croissant. Merci de partager votre expérience pour tous ceux qui débute en linogravure.

  3. Thank you so much for detailing your process. I pour over the words and photos, studying and soaking in everything you say. It is very kind of you to share and educate others.

  4. Thank you so much for detailing your process. I pour over the words and photos, studying and soaking in everything you say. It is very kind of you to share and educate others.

  5. 5!?! 0.o

    good luck with it :) love the shades of blue

  6. Thank you, everyone!

    Murielle, yes! I like linocut because it can produce such a range of possibilities.

    Guepar... I am always happy when a reader learns or discovers something from the work I am doing. Among artists I think that printmakers are some of the most generous with sharing techniques and ideas. (And, oui, je peux lire un peu le français. ;-)

    Erin... so nice to "see" you here. You've been a busy, busy woman lately, I think. Glad to be sharing the printmaking bug.

    Shhh, Jen... don't tell anyone, but I think already it's got to be 6 more. Eek.


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