Sunday, December 10, 2006

Winged Peace

The third in the series is complete! Although I don't consider this the strongest in the series, I think it is still quite successful. Again I am trying to keep the image simple and strong. I want the use of space to stand out as the strongest element followed by movement (after reading "peace" the eye is lead back to the beginning by the dove who acts as an arrow). This series is not about technique but I did want some of the charracteristics of the linocut process to show through so I paid close attention to the direction of my cuts and let some ridges remain high enough to print. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Lasting Hope

The second in the series, well actually it was the first plate cut: "Lasting Hope." Again limited to 50 but printed in gold ink this composition, like I mentioned before, uses positive and negative space, but doesn't lead the eye around quite as well as "Ringing Joy." I do, however, like the contrast between the organic shapes and the geometric. I find myself making different connections across the card... Am I really critiquing a Christmas card?! I suppose so, but then I enjoy composition and thinking about the things I see.

I am not sure it is worth mentioning as so few are made and they'll be gone before long, but you can drop me a line on email if you'ld like some and I have any left. They are $3.50 ea. and 3 for $10.
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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ringing Joy

OK, so I'm a little behind on the blogs... I've been busy. I thought I'd drop a note to show some of the smaller things I've been working on. Christmas cards!

I had a moment last weekend to sit down and put together some ideas for some simple cards. I tried, in this series to pair down the imagery into its simplest form while maintaining some compositional complexity. I think I was successful with the subtle play on positive and negative space while staying consistent in my division of space. In all I think this composition is interesting as the eye is lead up through the bells into a focal point at the bottom left of the "J."

All in all the limited series of 50 cards printed well and was actually quite a bit of fun.
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