06 June 2010
Woodblock Demo at Eric Carle Museum
photo by Melody Knight Leary
On Saturday I participated in a panel discussion at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts in Amherst, MA, and after the panel I spent an hour in the museum's art studio demonstrating the Japanese woodblock technique.
The panel audience was fairly small, but I was delighted when Connecticut printmaker Melody Knight Leary introduced herself to me before the panel began. We've had an online relationship for over a year but had never met in person, so seeing her was a surprise and a real treat.
For the demonstration, I pulled out a set of 3 small blocks from 2005 that I used for the print called "Breathing Buddha." Back then I had done the print in greens and blues so I decided it would be fun to do the reprint in golden summer colors. Here's a shot of the old and new versions.
I'm glad I chose very simple blocks, as most of the observers in the demonstration space were children and their parents. The Eric Carle Museum is a gorgeous building in a stunning natural setting and I enjoyed my time there.