I've been working this week on a second Elmwood Cemetery print. It's one of my favorite places in Memphis, a historic cemetery with gorgeous old trees and sculptures. It was funny to have this already drawn out to work on last week and then arrive at my sister's to have her show me Huntsville's version of Elmwood (and apparently even older, beginning in 1816) where I walked every morning while I was there.
I've been carving the last three days. Here it is after the first day of work.
Last night I finally got to proof it and see what it looks like. Here's the first peek. Today I'm listening to the Cardinals on the radio and doing some clean up. I'll proof it again soon.
This new piece is a companion to one I did last year of Elmwood. I'm still working on the Shakertown print as well, but it's hard to get all the different blocks lined up together and carved just right. It's nice to take a break and do just a one color block, which isn't nearly as exacting. And I like the graphic power of black and white.
I'm in Huntsville this week for my sister's wedding. I came down several days early to help, and that's mostly what I've been doing. I did manage a little bit of work as well, though.
Here's a flower painting Cape May needs, but it was something I could do back at home. It's my sister's lovely hydrangea bush.
I'm also drawing out a new print block of Overton Park.
Mostly, though, I'm taking a morning walk through the lovely old cemetery here....
...and watching the fabulous Maggie Gill decorate a wedding cake.
Here's the bottom tier. A piano for my musical sister.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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