Spending two weeks with instructors from ANU (Australia National University), I found myself saying some of my favorite words like "mate," "biscuit" (to mean a cookie), and "fortnight." It took me back to my last year in the Army when I got to serve with soldiers from AU and NZ and heard these words daily.
I was at Penland taking a woodblock printmaking class from John Pratt. It opened my eyes to yet one more way I can use wood and image in my work. And I just couldn't believe how productive I could be in a few days - after cutting out the block, prints were flying off the press! Our class was an eccentric collection of artists and a really great group to spend 2 weeks with.
I got to explore reduction cut where you cut into the wood, make a print with one color, cut into the wood some more, then print with a different color over the first print, and so on.
I also tried a 2-block process where you cut two different blocks and register them in the same spot so that you can run the print through with one color on one block and a second color on the other block. The trees are on one block and the sunset the second.
And of course I had to play with maps...
Drew a cross-section if a tree and then put the tree rings over maps
It was amazing 2 weeks! Up next - intuitive woodworking looking at line, form, and color at Anderson Ranch.