Thursday, December 3, 2009
"OUR WINTER CHERRY"
These simple woodblock prints are in honor, memory, and respect of Harlan Hubbard - Kentucky shantyboat captain & artist who used simple tools in his woodcuts & printing.
Image: 2-1/4" x 4-1/4".
Block: pine - crafter plaque. I'm amazed at how it holds up to detail.
Ink: Alizarin Crimson gouache & brown Speedball water-based printmaking ink.
Paper: Japanese Hosho.
Method: Japanese moku hanga. I tried something different by using a small simple shoe brush, perhaps like Harlan Hubbard might use, to apply ink to block. it only shed a few bristles. less than i thought it would.
Printed by pressing block to paper.
Accompanying tanka poem:
cling to the empty stems--
our winter cherry;
tears will fall while you're away
and my art will seem fruitless.
Bette Norcross Wappner (b'oki)