Here are black and white proofs of the three owls that are in flight for the owl calendar I am working on. Hand-coloring these today and will post those images tomorrow. I especially love these in black and white because all the busy mark-making deliberately emphasizes how these predators blend in with their surroundings. I imagine that most of their prey never even see what's coming.
I have proofed all the owl linocuts for the calendar I'm working on, but these three are the only that I'm satisfied and finished with the cut. It is quite an interesting challenge to create images that will read well in both black and white and hand-colored. More to come soon.
More linoleum cuts from my wonderful 2D Mixed Media after school class at the University City Arts League. These are by 2nd and 3rd graders. None had carved linoleum blocks before. The first image here is by Audra (who works fast and always finishes before everyone else), who got creative with tissue paper chine colle and printing the block multiple times on the same piece of paper.