Monday, November 26, 2007

Emergency Print

So, late on Friday I discovered that I should have mailed a bunch of prints for an exchange several weeks ago. I got out my flower photos from last summer, did a drawing, cut a woodblock and printed more than a dozen "Magnolia"s. I mailed them out today, not knowing whether or not they'd be rejected, as I couldn't get the coordinator on the phone. One thing in my favor (but not anyone else's!) is that many others also have not yet sent their prints, according to the website. Whew! For those interested in details, the image is about 3 3/4" x 3 1/2", printed in olive green oil-based ink on Rives lightweight paper.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


This is another woodcut that's in the print show that's now hanging. A friend took a photo of this spider in the Nevada desert and let me use it as a reference (thanks, Bruce!) The image is 6" x 8", printed on banana paper, though, strictly speaking, this isn't the kind of tarantula that Harry Belafonte would have found in his bananas. It's kinda creepy, but it was fun to do, especially the watercolor on the spider's body.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Black Cat

Here's another print that will be in the upcoming "critter" show. I did a woodcut of the country store down the road, but especially liked a part of it that included the picnic table. I cut another block of just that part, but added a cat in the shadows. This watercolor-with-woodcut stuff is really fun!
P.S. Even though this print looks bigger than the butterfly, it's only 6" x 4"; the butterfly print is 11" x 6".

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Another Critter: "Queen"

This is a woodcut, printed with a press on Rives BFK, to which I've added watercolor. The image is from a photo I took late last summer at Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH. The gardens were in beautiful full bloom and butterflies were everywhere. After a little research, I discovered that the difference between a male and female Monarch is shown by the male's scent gland on each of his hind wings. This butterfly didn't have them, so she's the queen. Both the black and white and color versions will be in the critter show, which opens on November 19.