Sunday, April 23, 2006

Prairie Landscape #1


This print was the first in a series of prairie landscapes, which I haven't yet posted to my woodcuts site--except for this one, because I needed a jpeg for a local event. The jpeg was made by my wife using her digital camera, and now that I see what a snap it is to use the digital camera, I hope to add more or this seriesd to my web site.

I made "Prairie Landscape #1" for a show hosted by Xylon Quebec, celebrating its 20th anniversary, in the summer of 2005. The Xylon print had to be kept to a particular format--the image had to be 12" x 12", the paper size 22 x 26, and the bottom margin had (I believe) to be 9 inches. It's a lot a paper for that size image but a very attractive format. I used BFK Rives and printed damp with oil-based inks on an etching press.

However, the subsquent series of prints were all printed dry on Japanese papers. I have a lot of Japanese paper in the studio, collected over years, and I've decided that I'm going to make prints to fit the paper and in my usual small editions. This print had to be an edition of 10 for Xylon, and except for the baren exchanges, I don't think I've ever made an edtion of more than 14, usually closer to 6 or 8.