NO FRIENDS TO GREET THEM
Japanese woodblock (moku hanga)
Paper size: 14.5" x 10.2" (36.8 x 25.9 cm)
4 shina plywood blocks
9 hand-rubbed impressions
Edition: 17 (8 dark background, 9 light background)
Being thus passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation, they had now no friends to welcome them nor inns to entertain or refresh their weatherbeaten bodies; no houses or much less town to repair to, to seek for succour... And for the season it was winter. • William Bradford
While I was framing and preparing for the Hosmer Gallery show I was also frantically printing this piece, as I didn't want to display "Worried About the Kids" without this one, which I consider a companion piece. I hope you'll forgive me for not documenting the progress this time. Of course I ended up printing it twice because I was rushing. I did a dark sky and then felt like it wasn't right so I did a version with a lighter sky. By the end, I liked them both, so I have a sort of double edition.
The pigments I use are pure pigment suspensions from Guerra Paint & Pigment in NY (see sidebar for link) and I love them, but every pigment has distinctive properties. The brown in this print is called burnt umber dark and it has a really interesting texture that I can only describe as fluffy. It almost whips up as you stir it. I like it, but it took a little getting used to. I'm also not a huge fan of sumi ink even though everyone raves about it. I find it kind of sticky and it seems to dry really fast and when it's dry on the block it gets almost slick or shiny. It sure is BLACK, though.
Anyhow, these poor Pilgrims have no idea what they're in for, do they?
We don't know what we're in for either.