One of the places I had most been looking forward to painting on my trip was Wells Cathedral rising up over the fields from the footpath just behind it to Dulcote. It had been an image that blazed itself into my memory when I was there at 17 with my grandmother, and I spent a day out on the footpath painting views along the way. Now I'm working on a print of that image. Some art takes a long time to come into full flower.
Here's the first black and white proof of the key (or main image) block.
Because of the division between blue and green, I can print both on the same block, reducing labor and keeping registration problems to a minimum. Lining up each block for subsequent printings is tricky, so using fewer blocks means fewer mistakes in the printing process later.
I'm using three colors and three rollers, blending the sky out of two colors and having just one for the grass.
I tested the block on a couple of different colors of paper.
Almost finished. The green is a little too virulent, so I'll fix that in final mixing and printing. I think I'm going with the brown paper to have the cathedral be a warm, not too harsh color. I may try it on a little bit lighter fawn color too, just to see.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.