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04-09-2000, 03:13 AM
well, i've just finished carving this, and i feel pretty good about it. it's very important that it reads well because it will be among 30 other printmakers' work.

please post any comments or anything you think i should /could change to make it read well.
thank you in advance... .you guys are the BEST.

04-09-2000, 10:06 AM

Really cool! Beautiful! Can we see a print made from this? It seems like that would let us see how well it reads... That's probably a dumb questions. You want it clean for the show right? That's why you're asking us to look at the block?

Cindy Agathocleous

"What if imagination and art are not, as many of us might think, the frosting on life, but the fountainhead of human experience?" - Rollo May from The Courage to Create

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04-09-2000, 11:07 AM
Okay...for everybody's curiosity, here is approximately what it would look like printed out. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/Kaywoodcut.jpg

04-09-2000, 11:08 AM
Duh...except I forgot to reverse the image!

04-09-2000, 01:48 PM
KM...jus' curious..never havin' done this print type before...what is the subject..as I see it, clouds over water and a plant mass in the corner?? I like the overall effect of the design, but it my be a little unbalanced with that large dark plant and then all the horizontals not providing enough support/balance for the size and value of the plant..a little heavy in that corner...could be a result of seeing it reversed...I have no idea how you correct a print like this when the image is already grooved..do you do, say apen & ink study before you cut the block..to see if it is what you want? I rarely start anythin' without several thumbnails to check the design...'course these techno-wizards can do that on-screen..I have to do it the ol'fashion way..bein' as how you are computer literate..that might be a good thing to try before takin' knife to wood..jus' a thought. We could use an education on this process if you are so inclined........Sandy

04-09-2000, 04:30 PM
I played around with the picture some; reversed the colors, and also tried some various color schemes. I agree with Sandy that the large black area in the flower is too heavy. Some more lines there would probably help. (I did not upload any of the pictures since they essentially have the same feel as the original).

04-09-2000, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by cagathoc:
Can we see a print made from this?

i'll post one as soon as i get one http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
ok, i'm gonna add a few highlights in the black part.. also i think i'm gonna make the stem of the flower more apparant. this is the 4th i've carved.. so i don't think i can do much more! i'm glad you mentioned the heaviness of the black part, because i didn't see that! i mean.. i DID, but i didn't. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

my big problem is still in the top of the pot.. the other flowers don't read very well, but i think that will be ok, since they're supposed to be somewhat out of "focus"

i'm gonna make changes tonight.. i'll check back before i carve if you have anything else that should be fixed http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

gracias, seņores...


km (http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/kmarion/)

04-09-2000, 07:36 PM
oh, and sandy..

i used a photograph as a reference, one i took when on vacation in san francisco last month.

there is a website that has ALL the information you'd ever need regarding woodblock prints at http://www.woodblock.com

i'm part of the [baren] group, where we exchange prints, but this print won't be a [baren] exchange print, it's for another exchange in Ohio.

km (http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/kmarion/)

04-10-2000, 12:47 AM
I tried another approach, which was adding more white instead of getting rid of more black. I did add a few lines in the flower.
I like this, if you're printing it, how about printing it almost like a fabric repeat?

When I said I like this, I meant your piece.

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04-10-2000, 01:50 AM
If this were my block I would print it as a repeat pattern for wrapping paper or print only the large "flower" part by itself. Why are you posting the image as if it prints facing the same way as the block? Unless you know a technique I don't, the print should have the large mass on the viewer's left.

04-10-2000, 03:00 AM
K,,,,,,,i'd add more contrast to your piece. either more white, more black, or both. it can get confusing when your "greys" are really black and white areas close together. so i would determine your most important values, and relegate the other values to a very small role......milt

04-10-2000, 09:07 PM
Unless you know a technique I don't, the print should have the large mass on the viewer's left.

yeah.. i just ink it up real heavy then print on toilet paper...


the PRINT will be reversed. i was posting the block.. silly me! i shoulda posted the reverse image.. would then be easier to look at.. but it shouldn't matter much.. if it reads well one way, it should read well the other.

thank you all for your comments.. as for you, milt.. for this one, i added some highlights in the black mass and that's about it for now.. i'm not gonna carve another, but i agree that i shoul've had more solids. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

once again, thank you for your help!!


km (http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/kmarion/)

04-10-2000, 10:10 PM
in the event that you might like to see the changes.. here ya go. i'm gonna print tonight or tomorrow depending on when the lady with the press calls me...

approximate print

km (http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/kmarion/)

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04-13-2000, 11:28 AM
kay,this isnt a critique note...just an expression of how much i loved the wood and ink together...and how this avenue of expression is going...noticed on your site your self-portraits...done any in woodblock..maybe with multiple bold colors..?
maybe a good exploration point...really enjoy your work...something about your spirit...is very special....later

04-13-2000, 01:14 PM
Really nice, Keri!