Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More 3 Way Rabbits!

I've been cutting away the linoleum on my first rabbit piece, adding a bridge in the background. Here's my plate so far, inked up. Sometimes the plate is more interesting than the print itself! But still I don't think it's quite finished so perhaps I'll add some finer details or try adding some chine colle when I make the print........what to do!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pink Lotus

I went to our local botanical gardens the other days with some friends and my camera and we found that the Japanese garden was full of beautiful pink lotus flowers. So luminous in the sun! It was a pleasure to find such photogenic models!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

3-Way Rabbits or Rabbits 3 Ways!

I've always liked rabbits. Who doesn't? (unless you're a gardener!) I've decided to do three works with rabbits, each a different method. I'm starting with this black and white linocut and see where it goes. It's my serious, resting rabbit! I've started with a simple drawing as a guideline and still have some thinking to do before committing to a background. I couldn't wait to get started so here I've made a few cuts with my linoleum tool.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Yesterday I went to the library to find information on one thing and then came home with something else, which happens so often! This little book really caught my attention. First the title is fun and then the subject matter is fascinating. On the back of the book it says "BEWARE! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly." :-) I'm learning some odd and scarey things about plants! Like the plant in the photo called the Stinging Tree, the most feared tree in Australia! The author says the tree sheds its fine hairs constantly and passersby run the risk of inhaling them and getting them in their eyes. She says brushing up against the tree can result in unbearable pain that can last up to a year. Whoa!

Of course this book also got my attention because of the many etchings and drawings done to illustrate the text. If you like scandals and want to be amused and enlightened, check out this cool book!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Box Turtle

Yesterday evening I saw this box turtle in my yard and hoped not to disturb her with my close camera shot. (I think she would make a nice etching.) Since she was digging a hole, I assumed that she was considering it a good spot to lay eggs. Surviving in that location is debatable! Ducks, turtles....I am busy thinking about saving eggs these days!

A turtle sculpture at a local garden center. It must be at least 2' x 3'!