I’m also starting a new one…Trying to get two done before my show in September…BTW, September 9th!!! The official date of my show!! @Open Ground Studios in Seaside, 1230 Fremont Blvd.
The new design
Admittedly it is not one of my typical designs, I guess, but this one I think is more for my mom than anything else 🙂 She told me to do one with cranes because she likes the elegance they embody (I’m guessing….XD). She’s a bird lady 😉
This snow crane is a symbol of Japanese culture and is also known as the red-crowned crane (for obvious reasons…). It represents luck, longevity and fidelity. When the snow crane mates, it mates for life and when a snow crane migrates, it will fly for hundreds of miles, a real show of strength. It really is an important symbol in Japan and with a bright red crown on a snow white brow, it’s hard not to imagine the Japanese flag.
Sadly, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think I can finish this piece before my show in September…BUT!! There will be a nice work-in-progress piece to show 😀 So I guess that’s fine…plus it’ll be done for sure by the open studios tour at the end of September!! People will just have to come back and see the finished piece 😉
The cherry blossom print is done!!! And actually has been done for a little while….O_O solly….
Just kidding…But I am ready for the key for this cherry blossom print!! I’ve already gone through all the other colors…just haven’t been posting them here…SORRY!!! 😦
But here we go:
After the green layer: dark pink (kinda…)
This layer started to look a bit more purple-y than I would’ve liked…but I wanted to see how things played out with it as is. I have a weird habit of doing that…Not going to lie though, I was a bit worried about this color…
Carving out the places I wanted to keep dark pink
After the dark pink I did:
This is now officially my new favorite color!!! I mean, blue has always been my favorite color, but in a print…YAAAASS!!!!
Though the dark pink layer looks even more purple-y….:( But once again, you can’t go back and change something in a reduction woodcut….SO FORWARD WE GO!!!
And wow…This is why I’m a little crazy….I make myself go insane with flip flopping with worry….>__< SHE’S GORGEOUS!!!! ♥
BUT I’m really looking forward to my key layer….the anticipation is killing me….But again, can’t rush the drying of each layer….I’m soooo ready though ♥_♥
Ready ready ready….
I decided to get my ladies photographed professionally so that I may have digital copies of each print. Not only can I then keep photographic inventory of my pieces, I can now print them digitally and sell them a whole lot cheaper!!! 🙂 A win-win!!
Plus they look so pretty under these lights :]
I was referred to Coastal Giclee in Carmel by Katie from my studio. Rick did an amazing job photographing and printing my ladies and I’ll definitely be going back!! 🙂
Each print went from their original 18×24 image on 22×30 paper to a 16×21.5 image on 18×24 paper. Still a good size print, but not as big as the woodcut originals. As of right now, I have “Ideal Beauty” (the 1st print), “Layered Beauty,” “Uncaged Beauty,” and “Nostalgic Beauty” (my newest wisteria print) as digitals. More to come!!! 😀