"North Viele Pasture" is a 7-color reduction woodcut on Stonehenge paper. The actual image is 13 x 8 1/2" and paper size is approximately 14 x 11".
Block printing is an ancient Japanese art form that entails carving an image into a block (traditionally a wood block, but more "contemporary" materials include linoleum, rubber, styrofoam, etc); rolling ink over the carved block; and then pressing the block against paper to get a reproduction of the image. Additional colors are added by "reducing" (carving away) more of the block as you print. All of this is done with a block of MDF, inks, and a small hand-cranked printing press in my art studio, under the strict supervision of my two retired racing greyhounds Jack and Clifford. :o)
"North Viele Pasture" was inspired by a hike I took through the Finger Lakes National Forest in Hector, NY. Situated between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, the FLNF is the only national forest in New York State. Intersecting through the preserve are rolling meadows, cow pastures, and beautiful tracts of forest. North Viele Pasture is one of the actual working cow pastures that intersperse through the miles and miles of virgin forest.
1-The final, hand-pulled print
2-My first step: Sketching my drawing on a block of gessoed MDF, and carving away the first layer (reduction)
Please note: Because each print is from a hand-inked and hand-pressed block, no two are exactly alike. They are also individually numbered and signed (edition number available may vary from photo). These slight differences are a unique quality of the block-printing art form.