Wednesday, April 23, 2008


At the El Yunque Rainforest last month I was able to cut my wood block for the Baren print exchange. It was a perfect way to demonstrate how woodcuts evolve, making the tourists realize just how complex a relief print can be, so unlike computer generated art today. When I return from my New Mexico stay, I'll be printing this using a lovely beige handmade paper with black ink and gold powder... very elegant for a change!

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El mes pasado en El Bosque Lluvial de El Yunque pude cortar la madera para el intercambio de grabados Baren. Fue el modo perfecto de demostrar como se hacen grabados, haciendo mas sabios a los turistas sobre la manera enrededada de un grabado en relieve, tan diferente del arte generado en la computadora hoy dia. Cuando regreso de mi estancia en Nuevo Mejico, sacare grabados usando un lindo papel hecho a mano color beige con tinta negra y polvo de oro... muy elegante para variar!


9 comments:

Marissa L. Swinghammer said...

Cut your own wood in a rainforest! Wow.

Diane Cutter said...

Oh, Marissa... LOL ... I read your comment and thought "what?" and now realize, in re-reading my post, that it does sound as though I was whacking down timber, collecting wood for printmaking...

So without further ado, let me clarify by saying I did not cut down any rainforest trees. Instead I sat in the rainforest cutting a beautiful piece of McClain's all-shina ply!

Shayla said...

What an experience! And your sketch is fabulous. It will make great prints!

Annie B said...

My first thought was that you were cutting timber, too! Funny. That's a wonderful sketch.

Diane Cutter said...

Okay... That's it! LOL I changed the wording from 'cut my wood' to 'cut my wood block'. After a lovely Earth Day, I don't want to appear politically incorrect where wood is concerned... LOL

Eraethil said...

LOL - no wonder I was so confused reading the comments...

Looks like a beautiful composition Diane!

Diane Cutter said...

Thanks, Rick... The amazing thing is this Torch Ginger flower is really
'life-size'. They are very stately blossoms and last a long, long time.

drb said...

Thanks for your kind recent comments.

The blossom looks good -- I'm looking forward to seeing the print.

John Williams said...

I wonder if you have any advice for a future itinerant artist? I am looking into printmaking/artist, apprenticeships/internships in Puerto Rico.