A few weeks ago I mentioned the woodcut I was "hatching" (ha ha) based on the playdates my friend Sarah's pet rabbit and hens have together. Well after a bunch of sketches and noodles, I finally have it designed and on a block of MDF.
(And yes, that is an Andes Candies wrapper - I am guilty! LOL. I remember my Grandma Zalewski always had Andes candies for the grandkids at her house. I hated them because of the minty-ness but hey, sugar is sugar and I always ate sugar that was offered to me ROFL. And then years later -she passed away in 1989- I got a box of Andes for Christmas and have been steadily eating them ever since.)
It feels really good to be back to Woodcuts after my etching class. Etching was so fun, but mentally taxing. There is SO MUCH to remember. So many steps with the acids, etches, de-greasing, etc. I love the linear quality of the etchings though so I'm looking into trying plate lithography and might pick up a pack of plates when I special order my paper. (Speaking of etching- I will hopefully have my prints this week. Since you print etching on wet paper, the paper curls when it dries and so all my prints are at the shop getting "straightened." I'll pick them up later this week I think).
Can't wait to see how this one turns out... and meanwhile, back to my Cottontail woodcut (*finally* carved out all the white areas for the first reduction- now have to cut paper) and I have another woodcut ready to go - a landscape from Cliff and my travel to Heiberg Forest last week. And greyhounds? Yes! I'm in the sketching stage of a greyhound print too. This one will be bigger than my press allows so I will be hand-printing this using the back of a wooden spoon - my "poor man's brayer" LOL.
I don't know why but I am just teaming (or is it "teeming"?) with creativity & ideas and can't get them down fast enough. No complaining about that. :o) More to come.... now, off to make dinner. I really need to start eating better so my Food Challenge this week is to have green veggies at EVERY meal, including breakfast. That will be a challenge! I would rather eat sugar and carbs LOL!. And then... PREMIERE OF AMAZING RACE, WOO HOO! Of to the races... :o)