Folk art rooster linocut

Rooster linocut

Rooster linocut

Well, he’s not Foghorn Leghorn (who is old enough to remember his cartoon?), but he turned out okay. I had sketched out the transfer for this linocut a while back and found it when I was looking for a small project in my sketchbook.  I worked on him over the course of several days and then put it away for the primitive horse painting.  When I came back to it, prepared for a lot more work, I decided it didn’t really need much.  I cut out his wattle, cleaned up the background, and decided to stop.  I inked up 4 prints and they all turned out pretty well.

 

Red rooster

Red rooster

I had always planned to watercolor his tail, wattle, and comb red but after I painted it, the print seemed a bit off balance. Too much red just at the top so I counterbalanced it with more to the wings and a small spot above his legs.  Much better.  What do you think?

A mixed bag post – the primitive horse painting and more coyote puppies

Redone background

Redone background

I worked some on the background of the primitive horse this week.  It just was floating too much so I added a complementary lilac to the background.  It still didn’t seem quite enough.  I decided to add more of the mossy green I had originally placed around the base. Then more and more.  When it finally felt like I was on the verge of overdoing it I stopped.  I think I like it better now.

I caught something!

I caught something!

I thought I’d add an update on the puppies today, too. We have seen them several more times in the last few days – once for almost an hour as they wandered about the back yard, hunting and playing.

On top of the wood pile

On top of the wood pile

It turns out that there are actually 5 of them.  Once when they were out and wandered farther away from the woods, a doe ran top speed across the lawn past them.  Soon afterwards mom and dad came out from just where we thought they might be watching and moved them back closer to the woods.  That’s when we saw the fifth one.  It must not be quite so bold as the others.  I was glad to see the parents.  As we suspected, the pups are not unsupervised and the parents are keeping a close watch from just inside the woods where we can’t see them.