A New Wood Engraving

Wood Engraving BlockNowadays, we artists not only make art but many of us have to thrash our way through the social media jungle, including blog type websites like this one.

I actually don’t mind once I get into it but the hard part is re-focusing my creative energies on the work of publishing useful information related to one’s practice.

I’m showing my most recent wood engraving which I displayed in my Spring 2017 solo show at the Arts Underground in Whitehorse. And happy to say, someone bought it for their collection.

I’ve always admired those prints of log cross-sections where the artist inks up the end of a log and burnishes it onto paper. It reveals incredible detail within the annular rings of the tree. Something about concentric circles which I find satisfying to look at.

In my travels I took a macro photo of a knot in a piece of house siding and translated it into a wood engraving as a kind of tip of the hat to the printers who take images directly from log ends.

I didn’t want to slavishly follow every line, nook and cranny but try and let the burin do as much of the talking as possible.

By the way, in the photo of my work table you’ll see a label showing multiple tools on my graver holder. I hardly ever use those. Although some engravers have exploited the mechanical look to great advantage.

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