30 March 2006

Final Serenity Prayer Print


I wanted these last two layers to be transparent enough so that the words were still pretty legible. The red is hard to read through, but it was too pink when I watered it down more than this, so I went for a strong red.

I enjoyed this make-it-up-as-you-go process a lot more than the fully-preplanned method, although I did have to do more problem-solving this way. Overprinting the white bones, for example. Another example of where I became overly constrained by my early choices: I'd like to have a dark blue bokashi on the bird's tail, but I'm afraid it would obscure the word "cannot" that's behind it, and one of the "cannots" is already obscured behind the red umbrella. The word "cannot" is one of the most important words to me in my re-write of the prayer, so I'm choosing legibility over a bokashi. If I had pre-planned I would have put that critical line of type a couple of lines further down.

Printmaking is a very strange art form, one of the most indirect ways of making an image I can imagine and so full of constraints. But I like it!


Ellen Shipley said...

I love this series. I'm going to direct my sister to check it out. She's not into woodcutting, but she'll appreciate the sentiment you're portraying. 8-]

Cin said...

amazing to see this one progress, the final quite a surprise. I like that now some of the words are obscured, your re-write alone was very powerful but now it's even stronger this way to me, more faltering, losing the line of thought, I have to search through the line to find the word that repeats, struggle, pick it back up and continue, the images reinforce it all. This one has an almost physical impact.

tom said...

Nice work Annie,

A nice range of vices to choose from. I like the poppies and the parasol, the sexy silhouette. The skeleton is great. The overprinting a great success. I would follow your instinct to work more on the eagle. The text can easily stand to be turned down. At the moment the triangular dynamic is not quite spinning for me. But it is still way cool (as the kids say)

Andy English said...

Lovely work - again. I particularly enjoy lettering on prints and was very pleased to see this. Like Cin, I like the fact that some words are fugitive. The images work well in combination with the text.

danielle said...

I particularly enjoy the shadow figures. The bird is marvelous!

vertigo25 said...

I found your blog by following a link from McLain's.

Your work is incredible. I'm hoping I can buy one of the Buddha prints before they're all gone. Need to save up the money, though :)

Thank you so much for doing this blog. I'm getting really into relief printing. I've done a bit of softblock and linocut, and will be doing my first woodblock this week. You work, and your blog have really inspired me, and your tutorials, tips and links are some of the best I've seen on the web.

I hope you don't stop blogging anytime soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

Alina Chau said...

YOur works are beautiful and very unique!