Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Can a demo be cute?

Darn right it can. This one will be.

I've been preparing for my Artist Talk and demo at Ann Korologos Gallery this coming Saturday.

To help visitors understand the reduction linocut process, I like to have a print mostly finished before I arrive at a hands-on presentation like this. For these destined-to-be-a-demo pieces I also pull out one print at each color pass so people can actually handle them and compare the changes.

For a demo it can be helpful to present a simple image, maybe 4 or 5 colors, but you know me. The fact that I've kept it under 10 is some sort of minor miracle.

The final reveal will, of course, be saved for another post, but here are the first steps of "Rosebud." (It's not what you think.)

Rosebud linocut, Step 1

This is a very small piece, just 5 x 6.5 inches, so it went very quickly. Not quite three days, start to finish. Well, finished enough. Here we have a nice light blue and some odd white shapes for the first step. Any guesses yet?

Don't worry, it will actually be fairly obvious by Step 2:

Rosebud, Step 2

Something furry with a button nose, apparently. This ink was a transparent gray.

Rosebud, Step 3

And another transparent gray for Step 3. At this point, however, I decided I wanted to lighten things in the hairs of our subject's chinny chin chin. It's as good a reason as any to have an example of selective inking and masking to show visitors, right?

Rosebud, Step 4

I masked the area below the mouth and printed a slightly warmer white. It looks clunky, but a lot of it will be covered up by subsequent color passes.

At this point the strangest thing started to happen. I started giggling as I worked. A small piece, a small edition, no pressure? After the last few intense months it was a joy to just play around, and who can't smile at this subject? (And believe it or not, it's already half finished at this point.)

Stay tuned for Rosebud, Part II.


  1. Replies
    1. She's pretty darn fun, that's for sure. Maybe I should do a Moose next?

  2. Do you also have the joy and luck to live with Rosebud? I have a similar little being in my home. Looking forward to seeing Rosebud's further development. Big hug to you for such happy printing.

    1. Sadly, Rosebud doesn't live with me, but with a good friend. She's been along for quite a few walks... don't tell her she always reminds me of a long-haired guinea pig I used to have.

  3. What a fun demo, and a very cute subject!

  4. the fur looks great :) she is very cute

  5. After looking at the first pass I thought: skunk. After the second pass I thought: flower with a black center? After the third pass I finally got on the dog train. Phew.

    1. Wow. I read "dog train" to the tune of Soul Train. Is that before your time? ;-)


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