Getting Started with Linocut

I’ve started getting into a new medium: Linocut! I think almost everyone who took an art class in high school has done at least one of these. I was really drawn to this medium because I’ve been selling prints of my paintings for a while now, and I like the idea of making my own prints at home, plus I really like the unique qualities that this medium gives to an image. There’s a rustic element and a little bit of chaos involved that makes each print unique.

I chose this first image of a windup robot as an experiment to see what comes out of the process, and it’s given me a lot of ideas on what kind of subject matter might lend itself well to this medium. It seems like things with a lot of detail, like woodgrain and dragon scales might be conveyed really well by this type of image making.

I’m really looking forward to doing more with this… there’s so many variables involved that can be tweaked, like ink color, paper/substrate choice, pressure, etc. There are some parallels with screen printing that make this medium a lot of fun to work with. I’m interested in developing a multicolor print press so I can achieve good registration with multiple plates. I’ll be taking some of the better prints to sell at ZaPow Gallery!


Dripolator Coffeehouse Show

“The Scorpion and the Frog” acrylic on canvas.

Come see my painting exhibition at Dripolator Coffeehouse, 221 W State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711. The show will be up during July/August 2017. This is my first event in Black Mountain! It’s just down the road a bit from our house in Swannanoa.

I’m showing a combination of new original paintings on wood panel and canvas, framed prints, and abstract woodblock pieces.

The Scorpion and the Frog Fable goes like this: a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.

This painting is the first of a series based on Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales. I’ve chosen this theme because of how it interweaves subconscious/symbolic dream imagery with natural settings.