Making The Ferns Block Print

For this print, I wanted to create a more muted margin, to help the ferns really pop. So I first did a rectangular carving with a window in it, and printed beige. Next I learned a new skill: hand-setting antique metal type! It’s got to be done backwards, of... Read more →

Making Lake View II

This print was inspired by two things: fond memories of family vacations in the Adirondacks, and a lovely photograph taken by my friend Gaylon Arnold, of an Adirondack vacation. Oh, and my obsession with glittering lake water.  1: First I carve the shape for the... Read more →

Making the Autumn Woods block print

A couple of years ago, while staying at our country house in Vermont, I took a walk down our dirt road on a dazzling autumn day, and trespassed into a neighbor’s woods. I took this photo looking out into a clearing. The photo The oil painting, “Autumn... Read more →

Making the “Summer Woods III” block print

The pictures tell the story pretty well… Each time I do a carving, I start with a sharpie drawing on clear acetate, and transfer it to my linoleum. Now with a third piece of linoleum, I carve away all but the parts that should print both warm brown and dark... Read more →

Making the “Olives” block print

I made “Olives” right after a two-month hiatus, during which we cleared out and sold our country house, and then organized and pulling off a lakeside wedding for our daughter. I was so absorbed in the art making that I didn’t think to document the... Read more →

Making “Winter Woods IV”

    Here’s the first linoleum carving, used for printing the lightest color, a warm yellow background on 240 sheets of paper.   Next is a wee little carving for printing an orange halo where the sun blasts through. Then a carving to print the darkish blue. Each... Read more →

What I did on my summer vacation from printmaking

“Chicken, when are you going to make the next block print?” inquired Bob. It was mid-April, and I had recently finished “Tomatoes,” the third in my “Mediterranean Foods” print series. Reviewing a jam-packed calendar of projects, travel, and shows that loomed before... Read more →
Making the “Lake View” block print

Making the “Lake View” block print

Do you have a happy memory of time spent near water? Where everything you did was about being in, on, or beside that beautiful water? One of my happiest childhood memories is spending time at my friends’ summer cottage. While we swam, sunbathed, picnicked and... Read more →
Making “Autumn Glow” Block Print

Making “Autumn Glow” Block Print

I took this photo while exploring country roads on a beautiful October day. I want to capture the warm sparkle of the leaves amid the cool green pines. Also, that little path into the dark woods is intriguing. What if there were a sunlit clearing way in there?  ... Read more →
“SPRING MIST”  and Simple Pleasures

“SPRING MIST” and Simple Pleasures

  Chapter One It’s late April again, and Bob and I are at the old country housewith my brother Chris, performing our family’s 77-year-old annual ritualof opening the house for the summer.   For the first couple of days, there are actual chores:... Read more →