"Blackbirds" (12" x18") is a woodblock pastel or mixed media painting.
The process of block printing produces art that stands on its own merit.
But it also has a versatility that encourages experimentation. In "Blackbirds" the design has been used as the under drawing for a pastel painting. A brief description follows:
First a design or image was drawn and transferred onto a woodblock. The block was carved. Then a water based pale yellow ink was brushed onto the carved surface. A sheet of paper was placed on the inked block and pressure was applied with a hand held baren. "Blackbirds" was
printed on black paper. Pastels add highlights and color.
A look at the transformation... from the simple print on the right to a nearly finished pastel woodblock print on the left.
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