After I finished the commission I decided to try a few more linocuts. I bought half a dozen just to experiment with and I think so far that the 5×7 size was a good choice. I was searching for inspiration so I grabbed my little sketchbook to draw a bit and see what happened. Well, what happened is that I saw that the last sketches I had done were of my wooden shorebirds. I had an aha moment and decided to use them as inspiration. The birds are more like folk art and are not finely cut or painted but are pleasing to look at on the beam ledge as I walk up to the second floor. I chose one that was standing erect and had a long beak.
I also had a turtle in mind but the sketch I had made on the block didn’t please me so I had let it sit for a few days. When I went back to it today, I decided to add more. I had the image of a group of hatchlings making their way back to the water. Compositionally, it seemed to work out better when I redrew it adding more.
I have no clue what they will look like printed up because I don’t have enough experience yet. I do think I will add the watercolor again. My only concern is how much the printing ink will bleed into the watercolor. The printing ink is water based and responds to the watercolors. That will be tomorrow’s job. I am actually looking forward to it – after I clean up the mess I made the last time.