Media: Woodcut, using a very hard wood
Image Size: 12" x 14"
Edition: 50 SOLD OUT
Memories of Sunfish sailing at Hains Point, a 300+ acre peninsula located between the Washington, DC. channel and the Potomac river, on the south side of the Tidal Basin.
Then, also, in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
Woodcuts are in the group of fine art prints called 'surface' prints. As the name implies, the image created is physically on the surface of a block of wood. The areas that are not to be printed, the "negative space"or "air" around the image, are removed using a variety of small, shaped gouges. Often the artist chooses to leave some of that negative space with bits of the surface wood untouched, adding interest and textures to the finished piece. After the image has been produced to the artist's satisfaction, a hand-held rubber roller is charged with ink and rolled over the surface of the wood block until the image is evenly inked. A flexible and absorbent paper, often a Japanese rice paper, is placed over the block and the back of the paper is gently and thoroughly rubbed, transferring the ink to the paper.
I preferred to use the back of a silver teaspoon because the silver is a soft metal. See the next post for making a color woodcut.
Text by my friend and printmaker, Mary Westring, who now owns my Harold Wright press in nearby Brooklyn.