Sunday, August 11, 2013

How do you know when a print is finished?



I have no idea what the answer is to that question.  If you have any idea, please let me know.  The thing is, that when it comes to these multi-block prints, you can always add another block or keep editing.  The hard part is saying to yourself, "This is enough, it is what I want, I like this."  At least that's the hard part for me.

This image?  It's Tree No. 21 in progress and that's about 2/3 of the proofs I made to get to the final print.  Even when I thought I was done, I added another quick block because of one spot that bothered me.  Quick as in it took a week to carve and meant editing the other 4 blocks.

I'm stuck in the middle of another one of these now.  Tree No. 25.  Four weeks and I'm still editing and proofing and thinking I need another block.  As well as thinking that I need to finish this so I can get on with my life!!!  These things take over so easily!  

It's just not to the point yet, that when I look at it, it feels like it does when I am standing on my back porch looking at the glorious shag bark hickory tree a few feet away.  Just a little more work on it...

Tree No. 25



5 comments:

Nighthawk said...

That is beautiful Darlin'....and it does have that mystical feel already.

Ellen Shipley said...

Love your trees! 8-]

Alexandra Di Piazza said...

Your woodcut prints are amazing! I'm hoping to get (back) to woodblock in the near future but I don't think mine will ever look as great as yours (and most of the others on the Baren site).

starkeyart said...

Thanks for the comments! Good luck with your woodblocks, Alexandra.

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