13 October 2016

Paint By Number Yellow Lab

Watercolor woodblock print
Six hand-carved blocks
10 hand-printed applications of color
12 x 9 inch image (30.5 x 23 cm) on 15 x 11 inch (38 x 28 cm) Echizen Kozo
edition: 15, plus 5 artists proofs and 1 "poet's proof"

Made for a 20-print portfolio called Traces (named after a poem by Annie Rogers which contains themes of memory, language and loss) this print is a tribute to my 13-year-old yellow lab Ty who died in June. After working for many months on the Relics dot prints, and then spending six weeks on this print of Ty's fur, it seems to me that the more closely you look at something, the less sure you become that you know what it is.

The print and portfolio will be showcased by Zea Mays Printmaking at the Editions/Artists Book Fair in NY, November 3-6, 2016, so please go check it out if you're in NY!

Here are photos of the print in progress:


Melody Knight Leary said...

Seeing the sequential stages of this print really gave me a sense of the deep layers of fur. I can imagine and almost feel the sensation of rubbing my fingers in Ty's coat. You must be very happy with this wonderful homage to a faithful friend.

Celia Hart said...

This is stunning! It's such a wonderful epitaph for Ty, I love the furriness, it looks simple but intriguing. I think that the underlying hour and hours of carving and printing gives it a depth of emotion which come through even if you don't understand the process and context in which it was created.


Olga Norris said...

Wow! wow! and WOW! Outstanding.

Annie B said...

Thank you so much. I'm so happy to hear that you all find this as affecting and powerful as I'd hoped it would be. Still missing my guy, but I'm very pleased with this print.