I'm working on a new print this week. It's a direct result of my carrying a sketch book more often. I was out doing errands one day, and it was warm and lovely, so I walked through the park on my way home and just saw this. I'm glad I had the materials with me to draw it.
I love all my travel painting, but I've been feeling that it's time to get back to painting my home that I love as well. I'm planning a landscape show for the fall that will be home scenes instead of travel ones.
Here's the first proof of the key block (the main design block).
This is what's a lesson in patience about printmaking. I've got all three blocks carved now, but I'll have to wait another two days to see what they all look like together. The ink needs drying time between layers. I just printed the first layer today. It's two shades of blue grey rolled together. The fall colors in the trees will go on next, and the key block in a darker grey will be last. Then I'll see what adjustments I have to make to my carving before I pull the finished prints, also in three stages. Printmaking is the antitheses of quick, immediate gratification watercolors.
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Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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