|with a can for scale|
|full sheets of stonehenge paper (22 x 30")|
|new block on left, earlier wing on right -|
a very good match (whew!)
|I don't love the slight texture on this, which comes|
from the surface of the block, but I'm going to wait and
see if it's less pronounced after I cut the feathers out (hmm..)
I'm happy to say that all the feathers are now printed and the second wing is starting to come together! (Also, I finished mounting the cork panels to the wall...and proceeded to immediately fill them. Apparently, one corkboard wall is not quite enough - time to do the adjacent wall O:)?
Other missions this week - I decided I needed a block with my initials so that an identifier could be integral to the work. I came up with a design, then got to carve it - twice. The first block turned out great, but for an unknown reason, the surface crumbled when I inked the block for the first time (sadness). Because printing block to block would have flipped the text, it was back to square one to map out and recarve (on a different surface this time - a precious scrap from one of my favorite, no-longer-manufactured blocks.) Luckily, the second go round, it's looking good (- thumbs up!).
|The mysterious surface|
damage visible on the left edge.
|second times a charm :)|
Other projects - I continued working on the tracery block and started mapping out a new block of a firebird. For the bird, I'm trying to combine the sensitivity I admire in Japanese woodblocks of birds with the brutality/decisive edges I see in early Germanic woodblocks. (- We'll see...I feel like the firebird is a good subject, since it seems to have an ambiguous meaning in mythology as a harbinger of destruction and/or rebirth.)
Speaking of marbling and birds...I also made these lovely ornaments to decorate a wreathe for the upcoming charity auction hosted by the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to benefit the Pittsfield Food Banks on Dec. 2nd - art for a good cause :).
Last (but not least!), En Masse III opened at Thompson Giroux Gallery - lots of lovely work :).