Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Mother's Prayer", Wood Cut, Mixed Media on Japanese Paper
I often create a print with the mind that I will treat the print as an one would an under painting. Sometimes as I go along painting I can see or feel more than one color wants to exist and am forced to choose. When I have finished I am left to wonder what would have happened if I had chosen another color...kind of like wondering what would have happened had I gone right instead of left. With the repeated image I have that freedom to explore medium and palette as much as I choose and I love having that choice.  

Detail of "Mother's Prayer" and "Voyage" overlapped to show the echo

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Bird Spirit",hand pulled  wood cut on paper, mixed media

Here is some of the stuff I've been working on lately. I am working on a series called "Women in the Woods"...I guess you could say woods being a metaphor for life. Again these images build on the idea of a Spiritual Journey. I am inspired by the landscape of Maine, but very often when I am in nature, I escape to my head...

"Talking Trees", Oil on panel

"Going Home", oil on panel

"In the Woods", Oil on panel

"Voyage", Woodcut on Japanese paper

Detail of "Voyage", wood cut, mixed media on Japanese paper, hand pulled

Campobello Bridge seen from Water Street, Lubec, Me., Hand pulled woodcut on Japanese paper
Here is the same image of the Campobello Bridge, but printed directly in black in ink. I love how the same plate creates such a different feel. I will keep playing with this image, using the print more as an under painting and build it up with mixed media.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I have been working on woodcuts lately and have begun to experiment with way the block is inked. These last few pieces are roughly built with the process of white line prints in mind...but then will also used with traditional black ink. This image is of the Campobello International Bridge seen from Water Street, Lubec, Me., which is my hometown.
detail of "Passage". Oil on panel, 9" x 12"

detail of "Passage". Oil on panel, 9"x 12"

This piece is called "Passage". My two friends have recently lost their father due to illness. Everyday can be a struggle to some and I have been thinking a lot about the Spiritual Journey...everyday gives us the chance to start anew again, for some of us meditation helps to clear the path. I am not sure if this piece is done or not, it was intended to have many more layers when stopped to dry at this stage, but I have come to like it in its unfinished none of us are ever really "finished".