Saturday, April 18, 2009

White Line Duck Print

Eggs Get Broken - Even in Tuscany
White line woodcut printed in watercolour 20 x 25cm

I was recently photographing ducks at our friends, Jean & Aziz's olive farm near Cortona which inspired this woodcut print. I have a thing for ducks with their beautiful shining white feathers and pale blue eggs.

The Woodblock painted with watercolour prior to printing.
Edition limited to 1 print only

Detail of print with pattern embossed by the etching press.

Detail of Tuscan landscape with duckweed

Ducks are much on my mind today because I was reading the sweet but sad story of Jeanette Jobson's favourite duck, Buddy. You can find photos and the legend of Buddy's life here on Janette's blog.


Joan said...

I love the duck print!!!! Wonderful colors...especially that chair!! Great job!

Did you feel the quake? I don't know how far away it could be felt, but I was thinking of you. Enjoy!!

Quase Blog da Li said...

tive muito prazer em conhecer o seu blog. Sua xilogravura é maravilhosa.
Deus cachorros são lindos!
Moro no Brasil e também tenho cachorros.

Desculpe, mas não falo inglês, uso o Translate:

Sorry, we do not speak English, use the Translate:

I am happy to know your blog. His woodcut is wonderful.
God dogs are beautiful!
I live in Brazil and I also have dogs.

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice choice of colours :) the red/orange between the cool colours looks really good

can you only get one print with this method?

Shirley said...

I'm really enjoying your ventures into wood block prints - hope I have the terms correct. The colors and composition are wonderful.

vivien said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Jeanette said...

Fabulous piece Robyn! The shapes and colours are wonderful. The subject, of course, dear to my heart.

I was toying with some ideas for a 'Buddy' print myself today. :)

Anonymous said...

I think you have a real gift with these. I know I have said that before, but it's worth saying again. They just sing with life.

Robyn said...

Charming prints!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

You have certainly found a very special way of working with your prints. The colours are wonderful and I adore the composition. You were meant to find this media to work with - your work is outstanding.

Toni said...

Simply wonderful Robyn! So I have a question because somewhere I must have missed it. Doesn't the watercolor dry before you print? Or does it reconstitute if you print with damp paper. Maybe you could just point me to a site that might explain it for me. Thanks

Hope all is well where you are. I saw the devastation of the quake and thought of you. I should have contacted you before this.

Robyn said...

Joan - Thank you. I always want to find somewhere to use Cobalt Turquoise Light. I was a bit worried using it for the chair but in the end I couldn't resist because I thought it was in the spirit of the piece and I love the way it resonates with Ult. Blue.

Fortunately we didn't feel the quake (only 200 km away!) but the tragedy is never far from my mind.

Li - I am sorry I don't speak Spanish and am having a difficult time learning Italian! Thank you for your comment it is delightful. And I look forward to visiting your blog.

Jennifer - Thanks very much. I'm glad the colours work for you. Yes, I can only get one print from these blocks. I guess I could repaint the block and make another print but then I would break the chain between the block and the first print. I like the idea that there is only one unique print and the woodblock is a piece of art too (IMHO ;))

Shirley - I'm so glad you like these prints. I know you spend a lot of time looking at wonderful art, so I'm flattered.

Vivien - thank you :)

Jeanette - thanks so much. I hope you do make Buddy prints, I bet he had quite a few friends who would love one to remember him by.

Cath - thank you, I don't mind at all that you've said it before. It makes my heart sing all over again ;)

Robyn - Thank you so much for commenting. I almost deleted your comment because I thought it was one of mine, since we spell out name the same way :)

Joan S-C - Most appreciated!

Toni - I'll email you a link to the best description I found for this technique. The watercolour dries on the wood so I soak the paper for about 25 minutes (as I would for an etching), roll it out between blotting paper and then print on the etching press. You really need to apply two coats of watercolour to the block to get a vivid print.

I thought of you the other day when I discovered we have two goldfinches nesting in the tree outside our bedroom window. Now I'm looking to borrow a telephoto lens!

No earthquake here, thank goodness!

caseytoussaint said...

Wow, Robyn! This is some incredible work, and you are developing a very distinctive style of print. I am so impressed that I'm at a loss for words.

Robyn said...

Casey - :)!

Stacy said...

Robyn, you are really finding your groove with printing. This print is my favorite so far! Like others said the colors are fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing more or your prints.

Robyn said...

Stacy - Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work robyn with beautiful colours...and I love the touch of humour...that duck is astounded by the sight in front of her!

Anonymous said...

I love these one. I DO love bright colours. I love woodcuts also but have never done one. I think it might do my hand in like drypoints do.

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