Color Woodblock Prints
A BIT OF HISTORY
I paint numerous
watercolors en plein air, during the warmer months, returning
to favorite places each year. I favor the undisturbed landscape,
usually nature preserves, state parks, wildlife sanctuaries,
or undeveloped coastal areas. I am particularly drawn
to Downeast Maine; the Schoodic Peninsular, Steuben, Addison,
and Lubec. Distinctive trees, crashing surf and rocks, bogs,
boreal forests, marshes, and active skies are frequently my subjects.
During the cooler months, I study these watercolors and select
the ones that best capture the spirit of place to use as designs
for woodblock prints.
I usually begin an
image with sketches or paintings done on-site, and then simplify
the design, focusing on the lines of movement and the essential
shapes that define the image. After figuring out how many woodblocks
are needed to separate the colors in the design, I transfer the
shapes in reverse to woodblocks. On each block, I carve away
areas that will not be printed leaving the raised (relief) image.
I apply water-based paint and rice paste to the raised areas,
mixing them with a brush directly on the block. Then, I place
dampened paper on the block, and rub it with a hand-held baren
to transfer the impression. Multiple blocks are used, usually
one for each color; overprinting two colors creates additional
colors on the print. Usually I print the lighter colors first,
and the darkest one last. I print some blocks with a Bokashi
I primarily use Rives,
a 100% cotton French paper. All matting and framing materials
are acid free and archival.
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Contact: 413-498-4380 , email@example.com