03 November 2006
I had to stop printing for a couple of days so I could complete some illustration assignments. Balancing the flow of work and woodblock and life in general is a never ending challenge. I used to be very afraid to set the printing aside, worrying that the moisture in the paper would change too much and I'd never get the registration right when I started back up, or afraid that I'd lose the creative flow or lose interest in the print. I've discovered that none of that is true, though, and now I even feel that taking a breather in between printing sessions works to my advantage. It allows me to spend time looking at how each layer changes the whole composition and to really contemplate the next step.
Today I've added two layers: color for the rivers and an outline of modern-day urban Baghdad. One more layer to come.