Plant linocut

We got a taste of spring this week with temperatures reaching the lower 80’s briefly.  My daffodils have continued to bloom (and I to pick them) and the red dogwood has finally come out.  I bought a blood red dogwood last year from the big box store and I am pleased to say that it has a multitude of  dark red flowers. I also saw a coyote scoping out three deer in the shallow end of the pond, but by the time I had the telephoto lens switched over on my camera, he was gone.  I am sure the does were more than a match for a lone coyote and he only stopped to make sure no one was weak enough to merit more than a glance.

Still life linocut

Still life linocut

In a week of sporadic studio time because of out of town family travel, I managed to make up another set of linocuts. I recently sold both of my dragon prints out of my etsy store, so I was able to combine replacing those prints with doing something new.  I am happy my dragons found another home.  Those were two of my favorites art pieces.  I had in mind cutting some kind of potted plant this time around.  I was inspired by the jade plant I have in my garden window in the kitchen so I hope this is somewhat suggestive of it.  I didn’t bring it down while cutting the linoleum block, but just tried to create a pleasing positive/negative space with the leaves and the pot.

Colored linocut

Colored linocut

I knew I wanted to color the second one with a light mottled mossy green.  The trick is, how much to do.  I like to start small with the thought that, for these, less is more.  I think leaving some white helps highlight the colored leaves and doesn’t make the whole thing too dark.  I am relatively pleased with the result.  what do you think?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:23:01

    Congratulations on your sales! I also had several sales this weekend, after a month of zero sales. Maybe Spring is brightening up everyone! And I really like this linocut! Really lovely shapes and crisp lines. Have you ever tried to color one in brighter colors? Or would that be too dark with the black background?


    • ruthsartwork
      Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:37:18

      Yes, it was a nice surprise to come home to after a difficult day. I have done some with brighter colors. The colored dragon print I sold had a vivid red streak running through it. I have to replace that one yet as I didn’t have enough of the heavier print paper precut to do both blocks. I ran the straight black and white dragon with these as I had more of that paper ready. It isn’t suitable for coloring because it is too thin and warps badly with the watercolors. Maybe tomorrow.

      And, yes, I was afraid that with all of the black, a darker color would be too much. I’ll look at it critically later.


  2. lesliepaints
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 18:39:32

    I just plain like your linocuts!


    • ruth Hayes
      Apr 29, 2013 @ 18:55:14

      Thanks, Leslie. I think I like working with the positive/negative space that the linocuts entail. The watercolor addition is just for fun.


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