|Reduction linocut in progress, Step 9 revisited|
In my last post I tried to explain my concerns about the visually too-light appearance of the bird's heads.
|Step 10 rollup|
The nice thing about there being so little material left on the block at this stage is that I could do some spot inking with two different dark values. The shadows in the rocks, sand, and birds' legs are a lighter, warmer, more transparent color than the details of the birds' faces, which are not-quite-black.
|Ready to roll. The final pass?|
|Step 10 printed|
Hmmm. I do not have a sense of triumph here. It's nice, but something is missing. Some little bit of oomph or sparkle or... something.
I think the birds need some bling. Something small. Tiny, even.
How about some tiny, tiny bits of bright orange in the legs and beaks? Yep. I think that's it. Pochoir to the rescue again!
|Tiny pochoir bits, Step 10 1/2|
Did I mention these bits would be tiny? So tiny. But in the end, so necessary.
|"Companions," reduction linocut, 12" x 12", edition of 12|
Yep. NOW it's finished. And the intended recipients for the first print of the edition have seen it and approved, so I can tell you now that it's an image to celebrate a wedding! This pair of plovers is headed out on a new adventure... sometimes across smooth sand, sometimes tripping along rocky shores... sailing through gentle waters or holding on tight over wind-swept waves. Wherever the path takes them, they'll travel it together, and I wish them success and delight every step of the way!