The elaborate detailing of the "OVERLOOK" woodcut, 2 years in the making so far. We've been drawing & carving on this block as we worked on many other prints over the past couple years, and are so excited to be nearing completion on this key block! The "OVERLOOK" print will be a color print, sized approximately 28" x 46". It will probably be a bleed print, with the image spilling off the edges of the paper (like "THE MOON"). The sky, to be drawn and carved only in the color blocks, will add additional height to the finished vertical print.
The "VALLEY" woodcut, framed up for Tugboat's upcoming museum exhibition in West Virginia! Pictured here float-mounted with spacers in a pickled maple frame. "VALLEY" is a multiblock color woodcut, printed to paper from 4 hand-drawn, hand-carved wood blocks. More about the making of this new print & process photos HERE!
It's been a long process, 2 whole years in the making! And the "OVERLOOK" drawing is now complete! Well, we still have some photos to take to really show you how the block wrapped up...but here's a sneak peek of the last few days spent penning in fields, mountains and trees, trees, trees. More about this new work in progressHERE>>>
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Introducing the "OVERLOOK" woodcut! We're nearly finished with the key block drawing (we've been working on & off for 2 years on this drawing!) and finally feel that the moment is right to start talking about this new work in progress.In "OVERLOOK", a dense forest huddles tight, with groves expanding outwards, upwards, growing ever further away. The trees move with the motion of a wind, or not; some are rigid & straight, some rustling & reaching. At the middle of the print, the treeline dips down and spreads up and out into a great stretch of rolling fields and forests. Groves suggestively march across the earth, nomadic, in packs made cloudlike by the abstraction of distance. In the fields, we see mankind's organized presence. At the top of the block, which will be capped with some glorious sky in the color blocks, is a distant wrinkle of mountains. Triangles of pine forests and the rounded domes of leafy trees pepper the hillsides. Layer upon layer of undulating pattern builds intensity in the "OVERLOOK" image. The suggestion of infiniteness will be further expanded by the print's ability to meet itself seemlessly at the edges like an eternal 'wallpaper'. An ever stretching vista! We will probably exhibit the finished piece first as a diptych. But it can be singular, or a triptych, or an entire walls worth of loping, abundant wilderness.We have just released the print for pre-order HERE. We think it will be a real cornerstone in the Tugboat Printshop collection.Did we mention it will be in color? More soon!
It's been challenging to find time to write about what we're working on lately (sorry, blog!). Lots on our fall schedule & lots going on in the studio!
Shown above is the "VALLEY" woodcut in progress. We're now in the process of editioning this print! Shown above are the 4 color blocks, in progress. For the first time, we used paint to create wide brushstokes of color on each block to layer & build a rainbow of sky. We carved following the strokes and then added additional dashes to emphasize the cup of the valley. This edition is next to print…see the first proof color HERE!
After countless hours carving color blocks, we are now printing the "COMMUNITY" woodcut! See the first runhere, lots of additional shots of the lengthy process on our flickr. And, heads up, the pre-order special expires tomorrow!
We're almost ready to begin proofing color on the "COMMUNITY" woodcut! Excited! "COMMUNITY" woodcut prints will be finished & ready for local pick-up starting May 30th! To celebrate the date, we're hosting Happy Hour Open Studios here at Tugboat from 4:00-7pm! (May 30) Online orders will ship the following week! More about this new work in progressHERE.