Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Billowing Clouds and Fluttering Waves

The key block is one of the most exciting yet scary blocks to carve. I feel like I'm moving a bit slow on this but I want everything to be perfect and that includes the concrete decisions I have to make, AH! The motto I'm sticking with is when in doubt leave in, reduction can always happen later if it is undesirable. I've been busy carving swirling waves and billowing clouds and have thoroughly enjoyed myself! Niddling away with my small u-gouge, the texture achieved in the clouds makes them feel like burgeoning puffs of whipped cream. (Can you tell I'm a foodie?)

This shot shows the mincing pattern I used with the waves. I also used the u-gouge for this. I hope that the uniformity of line with this tool will not detract from the over all design. This block will be used in two different editions. One will feature only one other color (red symbols) and the other will be a multi-block color version of the print. I know that there will most likely not be an issue with the multicolor edition but it nags at me for the black and white version. We'll see.

On the subject of nag, this job is KILLING my back!!! Obviously, the table is too low or the chair too high. Currently, this is the best place in the studio to carve right now. I have a lower chair but then my elbows are at level with my chin and that doesn't do anybody any good. I can't complain too much. At least I have a studio. :)


Diane Cutter said...

Lana... It looks like a great print in the making.

Regarding your back, I had the same problem and then found putting a 2x4 under the back of my block (or wood I was resting the block on) helped tremendously... a ridiculously simple solution, I know, but very effective.

Annie B said...

It looks really beautiful! I love the patterns and your carving is impeccable.
I agree with Diane. Finding a way to tilt the block a little can really help your back.

Sharri said...

A 2 x 4 will work, but what you really need is hori dai. Graham Scholes has the directions and photos on his website. I don't have his address handy, but you can google him I'm sure. It has saved my back.