This project is the REFRAIN of my artistic life right now. Since falling in love with the old Mexican printmakers when I was in Mexico a couple months ago, I have been working on learning how to make linoprints. Actually, I have always loved prints, but those fired up my interest in doing them myself.
My goal (right now) is 100 of them. It really takes a lot of carving to learn how to do it--what works and what doesn't work. I hope they're getting better, and more interesting, though there are some early ones that I think are very interesting. But I've learned a lot about carving, and am starting to get the hand of midtones.
But this is a "refrain" because I am working on other projects as well. But I keep coming back to this again and again. Also, if you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you will see other recurring themes. The faces (I do love faces), the wrinkles, the grins.
Three more. I am just plugging away at them. This one is a second stage. The first one just looked like a theater mask. If you want to see all of them, click on the "linocut" tag on the right.
This one is also a second stage. The first one with too flat.
And this last one, I didn't think would work out. The drawing felt stilted. But the print doesn't (to me, anyway).