I’ve been mixing up the super intricate prints with some smaller, more easily achievable ones. I was going through things and realized that I had carved this starling block for a poetry broadside a couple of years ago, but it hadn’t gotten to star on its own, and I really like it. So I used one of my narrow Lino scraps to carve a super simple sun/moon block to add a burst of color to it. I’m really pleased with the outcome.
That got me thinking about birds, and after seeing pelicans recently again at Ocean Springs, I decided to try a pelican block against a blue sky. They are one of my absolute favorites, and it was fun to play with sketches for this block. I had pondered three, since I love the way they skim along the face of the water in formation, but I ended up keeping it simple for more pop. Here are the two first tests. The bird got blurry on the lighter one, but I like that blue better for it than the darker one. These color blocks are hand rolled with two or three rollers blending on the block. The next step is to get those done so I can print an edition of both of these.