My new series, Beloved, looks at land areas at the edge — places where land and water combine in spectacular fashion. Places that will be lost with sea-level rise.
It is often hard for people to imagine how I go about creating my linocuts. You have to think backwards, I tell them, like in watercolor. I usually have a pencil outline of the most important features of the image — in this case, land and water. After these sections are marked, I use colored pencils to remind myself where I should carve. Here is a progression from one of the linocuts:
|Water is drawn in blue. Places to carve away pink.|
|Water is blue, vegetation green, carve away in red.|
|The blue and green areas will still catch the ink…and the beige areas won’t.|
I’m almost sorry to clean off the colored pencil, but I need to start printing the water. Everything left not carved on the block will be printing blue for right now, but don’t worry, it will be OK. I hope.