It's so good to get back on the saddle again and bring my Western Showcase story up to date. I've been busy these past two months. It's been a journey of problem solving and letting the lino printing process unfold.
With the Artists Ranch project picking up steam, I'm pleased to report that I've found my groove with all that inspiration I was talking about late last Fall.
I'll start with the work in progress (see photo below). This untitled piece is large and the largest lino I've ever undertaken. The block is 24" x 32" and I'm using Stonehenge archival paper that's 33" x 40". This is a workout! It's a refreshing challenge to be working at this scale too. Transferring ink to paper (see photos) is an arduous task ...it's all hand burnished in this edition of 10. There will be between 3 and 6 of these large scale designs once I'm done. Designs have to be simple, colour should produce a fine balance of emotion and intrigue. The composition also has to hold the viewer. I hope to have that all wrapped up at this prints completion - but you'll have to wait until my next post to see what's coming. As any printmaker will tell you ...anticipation is everything!
Without further ado, here is a look at some of what's been happening. Feel free to comment on anything (it's still an open range with lots of prints to come - so I'm open to your ideas if you have a particular take on what you see!)
Small pieces will feature at the Western Showcase (Artists Ranch) too. Here is a look at some of my finished 8" x 10" pieces to date. These images are inspired from actual places I visited at OH Ranch in near Longview, AB., during the Artists Ranch weekend last October.
Don't forget to check out the fabulous artists that are taking part in the 2017 show. It's going to be a GREAT one this year!