A fortnight at Penland

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.  

a view of Penland

a view of Penland

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. 

Printmaking Session 2

Printmaking Session 2

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.  

the start of carving 

the start of carving 

 "Denali" (this mountain is always an inspiration to me  when I try a new technique)

 "Denali" (this mountain is always an inspiration to me  when I try a new technique)

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. 

The 2 Carved blocks

The 2 Carved blocks

 "Among the Britches" (playing with different sunset colors)

 "Among the Britches" (playing with different sunset colors)

And of course I had to play with maps... 

aviation map of Giebelstadt, Germany

aviation map of Giebelstadt, Germany

Drew a cross-section if a tree and then put the tree rings over maps

carving and wood burning to create the positive print

carving and wood burning to create the positive print

printed over a map

printed over a map

It was amazing 2 weeks!  Up next - intuitive woodworking looking at line, form, and color at Anderson Ranch.