Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mary Azarian's Winter Trees from 1992 Calendar

A friend of mine gave me two "Country Calendars" published by Mary Azarian's Farmhouse Press in 1992 and 1993. This stark and uncomplicated woodcut accompanies the month of January.

I am haunted yet oddly mollified by the absence of footprints or animal tracks in the snow. The black and bare trees are all that escape cover.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sketchbook Sunday: Wagner Moths

This week I drew from moths in the Wagner's collection. Each sketch is 1" x 1". I want to do more 1" x 1" linocuts and woodcuts such as these, and hoping that through persistant tinker around, eventually a clear direction for this project will reveal itself.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Amida Waterfall" by Hokusai

Amida Waterfall on the Kiso Highway is from Katsushika Hokusai's series A Journey to the Waterfalls of all the Provinces. My wonderful husband Will gave it to me for winter solstice. I have ordered it a frame and am eager to display it on a wall in our home.

I wrote about another print from that series - Kirifuri Waterfall - back in 2010, the year I started this blog. I wrote about how the streams of water read like massive, exposed tree roots. This waterfall reads very differently. The stream at the top appears like a moon streaked with blue wood grain. Streams then fall almost straight down; a long line of parallel stripes of various widths, like a bar code. The work elegantly expresses the memorizing beauty and grandeur of a natural monument. As in all of Hokusai's waterfalls (and most of his landscapes in general) the people are dwarfed by the subject, and seem so much more nimble and transient.

Coincidentally, that blog post from 2010 is also the only one which includes a photograph of my beloved.

Monday, January 8, 2018

1"x1": Hippo Eye and Seahorse

More 1" x 1" lino blocks printed in repeated patterns (over the weekend I posted a 1"x1" Jaragua Lizard). Still not sure what I'm going to do with this or where it's going. Time in the studio will tell. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sketchbook Sunday: Dog Portraits

These are portraits of the two dogs my family adopted this year. Mary is a chiweenie (chihuahua and dachshund mix) and Choban is an Australian Shepherd. I feel their respective personalities really come through.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

1"x1": Jaragua Lizard

I'm playing around with 1" x 1" blocks printed in repeated patterns. This is a linocut of a Jaragua lizard. It's the smallest lizard in the world and so the print is true to actual size. Not sure where I'm going with this yet. Still at the stage of playing around. Can't say I'm super thrilled with this particular cut, but I like the general idea. More to come.