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.