image size: 11" x 8.5" edition of 10 signed and numbered on the front
Stonehenge paper hand inked with watercolors
I first carved this block in 2009 after I had climbed Mount Monadnock the previous autumn.
Way back then, I wrote this about my hike:
This piece was inspired by a fond memory of enjoying a wonderful hike with Mark. I recall warm sunshine flooding the forest air as I hiked up the mountain on a clear autumn day. As I climbed, I was afforded the comfort and welcoming intimacy of the earthy grays and greens of the pine trees, rocks and shrubs. In contrast to this closeness, frequent gaps in the branches exposed great wide views of the distant red and purple country under an endless blue sky. Surrounded by the mountain trail, I became part of the mountain. Gazing out from Mount Monadnock, I drew on its strength to face the wider world.
Sounds like a fun place - time to go back soon!
This edition is limited to 10. This listing is for number 3 (labeled 3/10), which is the one pictured here.
*******So What is a White-line Woodcut Print Anyway?********
White-line woodcuts are created by carving away only the outlines of an image out of a wood block. The remaining shapes can then be individually "inked" with watercolor and pressed onto a piece of paper. The grain of the wood helps gives the image texture and character. Also, the white lines are embossed into the paper, giving it a sculptural element.
Since only one print can be made from a block at a time, the prints combine qualities of one of a kind paintings and standard relief prints.
In August of 2011, one of my white-line woodcut prints won First Prize at the 14th Annual National Small Works Exhibit at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, MD. "Calm Day at Fort Stark" can be seen in the "Print Gallery" at www.hannahphelps.com.