This is a print of the forest path I walk every morning. I thought I had it ready to print final copies of (I was intending to go with the middle option above), but in my jet lagged state after Paris, I accidentally omitted the green block and ended up with the top left. I realized that the cool green was too jarring, and I liked the warm shades, so I tried it with the dark red leaves at the top right.
They were too dark, so I tried the three below, and I think I'm settling on the left-hand version for subtlety.
Then I decided I should try it in green as well. Facebook friends were lobbying for a series of different seasons. I think they were right, and I'd like to maybe have it as a set of three. Final prints still to come.
Please pardon the blurry cell phone shots. It's been a bit cloudy. This last one I had mostly carved before leaving, and this is my first color proof. I wanted a print of Dixon for my show there.
I usually have a very clear vision of a print in my head before I start, except for the pattern that emerges as I carve the non-figured areas. I have been up in the air on color for this one as well and plan to do more color tests. Not my normal way of working, but it's kind of fun. Stay tuned...
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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