The original watercolor sketch has been sitting around my studio for some two years now. I finally decided to do something about it.
I felt the Japanese Moku Hanga technique of printing would be the most effective and expressive.
The print after four color runs from two blocks.
I love the process as the image begins to evolve. It is almost as if the fog is lifting away to reveal the image.
This is the fifth color run. One color run can make such a difference as the bridge starts to appear.
The sixth color run and the image really starts to take form.
A new block is drawn and carved to print the color accents.
The first and fourth runs from the Accent Block.
Notice how the strong chroma minimizes the darks which will now have to catch up to the color accents.
After adding two dark color runs, the color and darks start to balance out.
It still needs a dark punch under the ramp.
At this point, the color run count is up to 14.
The beauty of the reduction process is that I can add a new block whenever I feel the need.
I cut a new block to darken the underside of the ramp and add some green onto the tree and ramp.
So, at this point, I am up to four blocks with 15 color runs.
“Brooklyn Bridge a la Cristo” 12x9”, Edition 23 unfr $600 Fr $850
Gorge Songs is a collaboration between printmaker Leon Loughridge and poet John Macker interpreting the allure of the Rio Grande Gorge. Macker and Loughridge use their artistic voices to share the mystique and magnificence of the Rio Grande Gorge
The original watercolor that the woodblock is design from. For printing updates, check the More button below.
The Gorge Songs Exhibit runs through Septemberat the Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
The original watercolor sketch used to design the woodblock.
Color runs 1 and 2 are printed, now to figure out the ochre run.
Color run 4 is pulled after printing the ochre.
A cobalt blue is printed on the stack of prints.
The second carve on the ochre blocks which will now print a grayed red ochre.