Friday, August 21, 2015

"August Afternoon" by Gordon Hartshorne

Clouds float by, waves swell 
Sea or sky, it matters not 
Wind blows, determined. 

What a treat to discover the colorful woodcuts of Gordon Hartshorne just as I've been printmaking more with watercolors and introducing a painterly quality into many of my own woodcuts. Hartshorne was a printmaker who truly managed to make painterly woodcuts. He used the Japanese technique of wood block printmaking (moku-hanga) so he applied water-based pigments with brushes and hand-printed with a baren.

The artist died in 2004, but the website devoted to his artistic career is a wonderful resource for viewing many more of his wonderful woodcuts and learning about his life and work.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the introduction to Hartshorne. I had never heard of him. Lovely work.