Friday, March 7, 2008
This started its life as a woodblock print. I drew the outlines, laboriously carved the block, and made several test prints. Unfortunately, I was never happy with the results, which always seemed uneven or irregularly printed. As a novice in that medium, obviously I was doing something wrong. So experimentation in that area will have to continue. However, I really liked this image of the apple tree and wanted to see a finished version. In the end, I decided to turn it into a painting. This is a 5" x 7" work, on Arches 140 lb. paper, using a combination of watercolors and Japanese ink and brush. This is the result I had hoped to achieve with the woodblock. This is the second painting in which I've used the Japanese ink and brush and I'm really pleased with the results. Although it's unforgiving and requires a steady hand for areas of fine detail, this ink is very smooth and offers a beautifully stark contrast to the washes of color.