I’ve been working on some Reduction Linocuts lately. It’s a process where you start with a piece of linoleum and then carve away whatever you want to stay the color of the paper and print the lightest color ink first. Then you continue to carve out more of the block and print additional colors. I’ve been doing 4 color reduction Linocuts. It’s a challenge because the registration has to be exact for every color.
Here’s a photo stream of the process.
It’s been quite an emotional week.
Waking up the other day to the news that David Bowie passed away I felt such sadness. All these memories came flooding through my mind. The first sculpture I ever had accepted into a juried exhibition was entitled “Lady Stardust”. Yes, I dabbled in sculpture before becoming a printmaker. My mom is a sculptor for those who do not know. She worked in wood and stone from when I was a child until 2002 when a brain tumor left her deaf in one ear and with terrible tinnitus in the other ear. She had to give up the pounding of working with stone and wood for ceramics. She doesn’t like it as much but it still provides her the creative outlet that she needs and she’s really good at it too!
So throughout the week all these thoughts of loss and how we move on. The entire world is mourning the loss of David Bowie. Never even knowing he had been suffering for the last 18 months but clearly he still lived every single one of those days. Creating, loving, living, being.
We all have loss. We all have sadness and sometimes it is so unbelievably hard to choose to still live, love, be and create.
So, while it might seem trivial I just needed to carve a little goodbye piece to David Bowie yesterday and it helped me a little. Art can heal.
***Once the linocut is dry I will be hand-tinting the bird blue***