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 23unfr $600 Fr $850
“Haybarn”Woodblock, 18x12 $1400 unfr
“Morning Reflections”Woodblock, 18x12 $1300 unfr
The watercolor “Aglow” received best of show at the 2016 Society of Watercolor Artists Annual Exhibit in Ft Worth, Texas.
A woodblock study is complete, “Barn Study”, and a 14x11” woodblock is in the process.
“Aglow”, watercolor, 13x10, SOLD
BARN STUDY10X8 WOODBLOCK
A color study for the full woodblock version in progress of the original watercolor. Watch for an upcoming process slide show.
The Start Of The Full Sized Block
Three blocks were created with the drawing transferred to each.
The First Two Color Runs
The first two colors printed were the orange ochres as ithey are so prominent in the image.
Proofing Before Each Color Run
After a block isre-carved, it needs to be proofed to make sure the carve and the colors are correct.
Printing with a rice paste ink.
The blocks are printed with a rice paste ink which is applied to the carved block using flat brushes. Pressure is applied using a flat disk called a baren.
The Eighth and NinthColor Runs
The eighth color run was a rusty ochre on the top and a grayer ochre on the barns.
The ninth color run was a grayed cerulean blue. Note that areas of the barns have been carved to show texture and form.