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[River in Spring - 3] : Key block finished

Posted by Dave Bull at 3:30 PM, April 10, 2009

Continued from [River in Spring - 2] | Starting point of the thread is [River in Spring - 1]

Despite plenty of interruptions over the past week, the key block is now done. As I mentioned before, it's not a 'key block' in the traditional sense of having outlines that will be 'filled in' with colour later, but it will still be the one to which the others will be keyed once printing begins.

Here's a quick scan, just after carving was done, but before I washed it: (clickable)

And here it is after washing:

So, I think that by having a close look at this, you should be able to get an idea of the 'concept' behind this image, no?

The thread continues in [River in Spring - 4] ...


Following comment posted by: Jacques on April 11, 2009 12:08 AM

Is your next print going to be a reflection of the trees (possibly of a cherry tree) on the hillside in the water of the river?

That sounds like a great idea!

Or am I imagining things here?

Following comment posted by: Marc Kahn on April 11, 2009 12:40 AM

Jacques, That's what it looks like to me, as well. I think I also see some unprinted spaces which may turn into cherry blossoms floating on the surface of the water. Something along the lines of M.C. Escher's "Three Worlds"?

Following comment posted by: Dave Bull on April 11, 2009 12:56 AM

a reflection

Yes, it's of course a reflection ... all those 'ripples' pretty much give it away.

And yes, we've got some cherry blossom in there too, not as Marc is suggesting though - floating on top of the water - but only in reflection.

When I was laying out the image, I tried to get both - blossoms floating and also in reflection - but they just seemed to get confused with each other, and when I 'cleaned' the surface of the water, the print seemed to make much more sense. So we will see nothing floating, just the rippled inverted image.

Nor will we see any fish! Mr. Escher had the skill to show three worlds, but Dave here will be content with just one! (But hopefully, in an attractive and interesting way ...)

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