Monday, November 19, 2007



'Succulent' ~~ 'Suculento'
Woodcut Relief Print ~~ Grabado en madera
Baren Exchange #34 ~~ Intercambio Baren no. 34
Edition/edicion: 100
Image size 7.5"x5" ~~ Tamano 19cm X 13cm




It fascinates me the way the thorny edges of a cactus cast shadows on each other. I cut this piece from all-shina ply and hand-printed it with a dark chocolate colored Daniel Smith oil-based relief ink on textured mulberry paper (50% Kozo, 50% recycled paper). The paper is a current favorite of mine and has a slight yellow cast with grey flecks which enhance the organic feel. This print is part of the Baren print collection to be housed at the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

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Me fascina como los bordes espinosos de un cactu dejan sombras unas sobre las otras. Corte esta pieza de una madera 'all-shina ply' and saque el grabado usando tinta Daniel Smith (oil-based) que tiene un color chocolate bien rico. El papel es mi favorito en esos dias ... el dicho 'natural mulberry' que contiene 50% fibra Kozo y 50% papel reciclado. El papel tiene un color un poco amarillo con manchitas color gris que dan enfasis al sentido organico del grabado. Este grabado es parte de la coleccion de Baren que sera localizado en el Museo de Arte de la Universidad de Kentucky en el recinto de Lexington.


5 comments:

drb said...

Very fine! I like this a great deal.

Diane Cutter said...

Thanks, DRB... and I wanted to say how very much I love your blog. I always keep track of it though I might never comment. Your drawings and observations are always so thoughtful and thought provoking!

jen hook said...

I love how this turned out! The paper is the perfect compliment to the image!

Annie B said...

I agree, that shadowing is so compelling. Nice print, great choice of paper. I like this whole series of garden prints.

Diane Cutter said...

Thanks, Jen and Annie... For a very long time I was stuck in a creative paper rut using only Arches and Rives but, over the last year or so, have discovered the joy of unique papers.

The only drawback to these nubby, textured papers is pulling the print. I have to spend a little extra time with the baren, peeling back the paper, making sure the areas around the flecks are covered sufficiently.