All this time you thought I was only working on my giant chicken linocut! But no! I was working on a clandestine print. It was all on the down low and very secretive. I needed some sort of a respite from all those ferns, so I switched it up to a different kind of leaf. Now, for the first time I reveal that I have been working on a linocut of sweet potato leaves!
This is an image of a common checkered skipper butterfly visiting some sweet potato blooms in my front yard. I was out tending to the ducks and chickens when I saw a few flowers on my sweet potatoes. They were a very lovely purple and white set against all the greens of the leaves. Add in a skipper butterfly and you have all the ingredients to a good linocut.
I actually made this piece for my wife who has long lamented that I don’t make enough pictures with backgrounds. This is, of course, a matter of taste, but I can see her point and easily accommodate her wishes here. I enjoyed drawing and cutting this block and I look forward to watercoloring a few of them.
Look out for this print in my Etsy store in the next couple of days!
|Here is the completed drawing on the block. I like a very finished drawing before I begin cutting.|
|After the drawing I put a very thin layer of ink over the image so I can get a clear sense of where I have already cut.|
|This is the rather artfully posed block just before being readied for printing.|
|It needs a little cleaning up here and there, but I am well satisfied with this one.|