I’m doing a little cross-pollination between my selves, these days. Here’s a blog post I wrote for the Library Company of Philadelphia, some musings on woodcuts, and a sample of some “day-to-day” inspiration. The influence of the rare book collection at the Library Company on me is subtle and deep, absorbed through 25+ years of hands-on work at the bench. Click here for a picture of my work bench from a previous post.
Finding a hidden gem, a woodcut or engraving inside the covers of the books is always a reason to stop, look and share with my coworkers. As I write in the Library Company blog “Beyond the Reading Room”, woodcuts speak in a timeless language.
John G Hurtin, Baronet, will cover this season (New York State, s.n., 1800) The gouge marks in the ground beneath the figures’ feet show the carver’s bold approach. Photo courtesy of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Discover another gem while you’re at it, click here for information about where I work, the Library Company of Philadelphia. It’s ONLY a living breathing legacy, founded by our beloved Benjamin Franklin in 1731.
My artistic process has undergone some major shifts recently. I’ve documented many of these breakthroughs here in this blog: working larger, stepping back from direct observation to allow my inner vision a larger role. It has been a big year.
As I continue to refine my vision and expression, I’ve been making color prints. This is another new direction for me, and It involves a lot of experimenting. But even with lots of experience and confidence, the process of developing a print is like driving on a road with blind curves. I am very excited about where it is going.
So after a long, somewhat muted period, Printmaking Me is discovering an amplified voice. Painting Me is happy to have the volume turned up.
And actually, now it looks like this. I printed the band of rocks a second time, with a layer of black.
About twenty-five color woodcuts and monoprints will be featured in my upcoming exhibit “North of Here” at 22 Gallery in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for more info, I’m already shifting gears, cleaning up the studio and getting ready to bring work to the framers.