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Old Friday 2nd August 2013, 21:07   #26
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Well not exactly an avian subject, but close enough and a species named for a bird: The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.

This is a combination woodcut and linocut with two reduction wood blocks and one linoleum block. 4x6 inches for image and 7x9 image for entire print. Edition of 12 on Rives Heavyweight paper.
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Old Monday 5th August 2013, 09:46   #28
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Love to see someone else is also doing bird lino cuts.
Your watercolours have a feeling of life and movement about them.
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Thanks all. Here is a reduction lino proof done on two blocks, the first one reduction, with many colors, and the second just black. It's about halfway done and this is a very rough proof.

This is based on a Rusty Blackbird seen this winter with a Carolina Wren singing in the background. By the time that it's done most of the black lines will be gone and I hope the black in the blackbird will be a bit more subtle.
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Love the lino/woodcuts, very nice!
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Old Monday 19th August 2013, 20:32   #31
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been away far too long! such exciting things happening here!
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Thanks Nick and Sharon. Nice to hear from you Nick. I occasionally see your newest work on FB but miss the days when I saw it here. I suppose if I could ever convince myself to join FB that problem would go away and I'd see your work more frequently. Hope all is well.

Here's a later version of the Rusty Blackbird and Caronlina Wren lino. It's getting near the end but still needs a separate lino block that is mainly black to tie it altogether. At least that's the theory.

And for anyone who prefers more realistic work here's some recent field sketches of Green Heron preening, Red-tailed Hawk and Belted Kingfisher. I still thoroughly enjoy my field sketching even though I'm trying to be a bit more abstract in studio work.
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Old Wednesday 21st August 2013, 17:49   #33
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Unless I decide to add a couple very small touches of green this complicated lino is done. Most of it is one reduction block where I keep printing a color then carving that area away, printing a new color, carving it way ad absurdum and one other lino block, which is where the black comes from.

The image itself is 4x6 inches and the print is 7x9 inches.

Rusty Blackbird and Carolina Wren at Manayunk Canal. Seen last January or February.

I did modify this image a bit on the computer because it was showing up with starker contrast between colors than is really there. I think this is pretty close to the real print.
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Old Thursday 22nd August 2013, 21:29   #34
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Old Tuesday 27th August 2013, 01:30   #35
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Thanks Paul. I am happy with this one, and exhausted. That always seems to be the case with these complicated reduction linos.
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Lovely deep darks on that one and I'm a sucker for use of dry stalks to point and frame.
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Old Friday 30th August 2013, 19:42   #37
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Thanks Ed. I did intend to keep this one dark since that was the scene as I saw it and the Rusty Blackbird is a beautiful collection of dark colors. I used to hate dead reeds and weed stalks but like you I've come to see how incredibly useful they are.

Here's a new one, a bit different for me based on a startled Wood Duck and Green Heron that I saw about a month ago. At the time I couldn't see the deer. I assume that's what the duck was staring at. The deer of course is nowhere near as interesting as your recent mammal.

This is still a proof but it's pretty close to being done and printed as an edition.
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Old Saturday 31st August 2013, 21:30   #38
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I just love the amount of work involved again ken
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Thanks Paul. I think that there's probably less work here than you might think. I did spend some time trying to get the poses of deer and birds right, especially at such a small scale. But the background bamboo, which might look complicated actually wasn't once I determined a type of shorthand for it.

I'm between field sketches, watercolor sketches from photos in the field and a new lino. Here's a few small watercolor sketches from photos I've taken. The two flycatchers, Eastern Wood Pewee with dragonfly, and Least Flycatcher were seen over last few days. Hermit Thrush was about a year ago.
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strong lino cuts but love these water colours
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Thanks Arthur. I think I probably have more talent as a printmaker but I still like doing these watercolors. One of these days I'll get back to them. For now this nearly finished combination woodcut and linocut of the earlier White-tailed Deer, Green Heron and Wood Ducks.

Off in the distance I think I hear Ed screaming about all that perfidious, vile green...........
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I always see you knocking yourself down regarding water colour paintings surely you are more than happy with the latest batch Ken
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Looking good, I love the sense of place, if you know what I mean
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Thanks Paul, Sharon.

You're probably right about my knocking myself down about watercolor Paul. I know I've come a huge distance from where I began. But I also know I'm not anywhere close to what I want and so I keep being disappointed from that perspective. Once it gets cold and it's harder to keep the windows open to rid the house of printmaking fumes I'll probably return to watercolor.

This is an unusual one in regards to place Sharon. In order to get all of the actors in I either had to include a lot of surrounding environment or use very horizontal blocks. I opted for the environment. It is one I visit at least once a week so that probably has something to do with the sense of place as well.

Finally I've finished this combination woodcut/linocut. Oddly enough all 15 prints were good so I didn't have to toss any. That never, ever happens with me. In any case here is White-tailed Deer, Green Herons and Woodcut. It's 6x8 for image and 9x11 for entire print.
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Thanks Sharon. I think you have to be a printmaker to understand the odd satisfaction of getting most of the planned edition without too many casualties along the way.

But I do think I've burnt out on printmaking momentarily so after a vacation spent searching for, identifying, photographing and very occasionally sketching birds I found when I went back into the studio yesterday that watercolor was what I had in mind.

Here are a couple of Chipping Sparrows nibbling on the seeds of an unidentified plant. Oddly enough one way to ID Chippers is the flash of white from their undersides when they fly. Of course there's no sign of it here. It's amazing what shadow and artistic license will do.
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What a nice piece!------
Thanks. This one almost composed itself due to the striking foliage the birds were on. This new watercolor was the opposite: a warren of twigs and leaves that hid this beautiful Lincoln's Sparrow, a bird I rarely see.
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I really like the woodcut/linocut! The little spot of blue sky works perfectly. Good job!
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I really like the woodcut/linocut! The little spot of blue sky works perfectly. Good job!
Thanks Oivind. That bit of blue was a last minute choice. I added it at the same time I printed the light yellow marks, first printing the light yellow, then wiping it off in that area and putting on the blue with a much smaller roller. Because I didn't wipe it off thoroughly there was always a bit of light yellow remaining and it mixed with the blue to form something unique to each print. This was not planning on my part, just something that I enjoyed trying when the opportunity presented itself.

Oh yes, I guess I also needed to add a couple of very small light areas so I carved the end of a small dowel to a half moon shape which I could rub with the inked roller. I used that then as the final step adding it on top of the blue, and in a few other spots. The more I do printmaking, and read about printmakers, the more I realize that this is common and that each print really can become a mini-monoprint, with some minor variation from print to print.
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