Printmaking in California!

September 20, 2012 § 12 Comments

A block of linoleum which Don recently carved and printed for his brother’s wedding. It features a raven and California poppies.

Right now I am on a working vacation down in Boulder Creek, California making a series of linocut prints with a good friend of mine, Don Mackessy. So far this trip has been jam packed with good people, energetic children, huge wolf dogs, tasty family dinners, and nonstop drawing!  <<<>>>

California Poppy – Preliminary Drawing, Digital, 2012

Fueled by a constant intake of PG tips black tea we are first drawing and preparing all of the images to be carved into linoleum block plates before we begin printing. Pictured below are a few process photos from this expedition so far. Down here it’s all redwoods and sunshine and feels a bit like E.T. country…

Don gesturing out towards San Francisco’s South Bay from atop Russian Ridge.

Don’s preliminary drawing for a print featuring a silk moth and ceanothus.

View out my plane window of Mt. Hood in the morning.

Eating grapes off the vine. Mmm…

Don making a drawing for the hare and poppy print.

This is an older drawing of Don’s from a large bound sketchbook.

Portrait of Molly Drake, Sumi Ink on Paper, 6 x 6″, 2012

Towering redwood trees in Don and Erica’s backyard.

California Poppy Print – Thumbnail Sketches, Graphite on Paper, 4 x 5″, 2012

The vista atop Russian Ridge looking out towards the Pacific Ocean. What a view!

Next week I’ll post some of our linocut prints– thanks for reading!

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