This print is based on a photograph taken in central Illinois by my Gran. Several years ago she sent it to me, with a title written on the back "Faerie Woods in Winter." She did not like the cold, but would always comment on how sparkling and beautiful the snow looked on a sunny day. I like to think that she would like my interpretation.
Title: Fairy Woods in Winter (Version 2)
Paper: Rives BFK White
Paper Size: 12" x 16"
Image Size: 10" x 14"
Block: Shina--5 blocks
Ink: Akua Intaglio
Edition size: 45
Below are photos of the blocks, in the order that they were printed. Though it was printed last, I actually carved the black, tree block first. Then, I printed it on Yupo (a recyclable, synthetic, non-obsorbent paper) and transferred it to the other blocks. That is why you can see the trees prints on some of the color blocks.
Pale yellow sun-- a mixture of yellow and titanium white
Pale, transparent blue--a mixture of titanium white, pthalo blue, ultramarine blue, payne's gray, and transparency base.
A darker version of the blue above. Same colors in the mixture, minus titanium white.
Carbozole violet with a small amount of transpancy base.
I'm a woodblock printmaker who is committed to a non-toxic (or less toxic) art practice. I started out as a painter but found my way to printmaking through a love of paper and process. I seem to be falling for papermaking in the same way. I went to Syracuse University, where I studied painting (BFA) and museum studies (MA). I was a Resident Artist at the Howard County Center for the Arts for five years and previously worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This blog is for posting works-in-progress and new works, as well as a few creative projects I've done with my kids.