Friday, November 8, 2019

Linocut in Progress: Sneaking up on the end

Alrighty, then! Progress continues on this little linocut... you remember this linocut, don't you? It's the one that's taking a ridiculous amount of time because it keeps getting interrupted. But it's going to get finished soon. Really it is.

To move that claim along, here is a nice little split roll-up. A transparent gray-green for the top and a more opaque light gray in the lower foreground.

Which ended up looking like this:

Reduction linocut in progress, Step 9

I was feeling pretty good about the rocks at this point, and the foreground grasses, but I wanted to add a little more color in the lower section. I also needed to start making some decisions about how to treat the birds.

I opted for a transparent gray-to-browny-red over most of the block and just a touch of a lighter transparent gray in the birds.

Reduction linocut in progress: Step 10

The camera didn't really pick up the subtleties in the darks of the foreground trees, but trust me, they are there. The grasses are feeling pretty good. I think overall it needs just one more dark to pick out some shadows in the rocks and grasses and then some resolution for the birds. With any luck I'll finally wrap this one up this weekend.

And then what's next? I've got a rather involved commission project to get underway after this, and would like to get started on another new small piece, perhaps a snow scene! We saw our first snowflakes of the season today... just a few little squalls interspersed with sunshine... but I know the winter is not far away. I kept a fire going in the wood stove most of the day today, and it won't be long before the stove is the first thing I tend to every morning and the last thing I tend to every night before bed. Part of me is really looking forward to that. Just think how much faster the prints will dry!


  1. no, dont mention snow lol
    actually here is snow in the hills here so only a matter of time it shows up here

    its looking really good, nice shadows and light contrast :)

    1. They threatened us with snow yesterday and it never came.. maybe inland, but all we got on the coast was rain. And cold. Brrr.

  2. I love seeing your colour progression, I learn so much, especially seeing the traces of colours that have stained the plate. Do you ever frame the plates? I should think they would be a different kind of beautiful. Best wishes for warm print drying conditions :o)

    1. Lisa! So nice to "see" you! I've been so horrible about keeping up with other bloggers lately. The reduction plates usually don't look like anything by the end, but I do know some printmakers who frame the single-color blocks. I've thought about it... just one of those things I never get around to doing!