The wonderful Julie Rosvall, aka Shipston Designs Studio invited me into her beautiful studio in the Gaspereau Valley area once again on October 1st and I used the time to finish off some of the remaining items from my OSA residency to-do list. I finished printing the large 2x2 foot reduction linocut that I had so much trouble with. In terms of registration it's probably the worst print I have created in 10 years. But that's ok, every once in a while every printmaker has to make a bad print again. I think I managed to get one that is good enough to show. The others will likely get chopped into greeting cards, we shall see.
I also printed up a bunch of Christmas cards by using up some old ink.
Carving took almost a full day. Sometimes I forget that I can heat the linoleum to make it easier to carve, instead I end up with a bruised dent in my finger from the tool and the pressure.
Late night Shenanigans with Thomas the Cat.
Detail of the inked block, the light areas show where all I carved out more.
First proof pulled of the print. This block I carved in a way that I could edition this final layer as well as separate prints.
When walking between Shipston Designs Studio and the house, the cows across the street keep an eye on you.
I used up some old left over ink for the christmas cards. It's fun to see this block inked in a unexpected color.
Between the big prints and all the christmas card I quickly filled up the clothes line and every surface in Julie's Studio. Her husband put up another clothes line for me downstairs.