These are reduction linoleum prints. To make them, I first transferred my drawing to the linoleum block and prepared paper for the total number of prints I wanted to make. Then, I carved away all the parts of the block that I wanted to remain white, and printed all of the paper with the first (usually lightest color). Then I carved away all that I wanted to remain that first color, and printed them all again with a second color. Finally, I carved away all that I wanted to remain the second color and printed the final color (usually the darkest color).
For each of these, I started with between eight and ten prints, and then eliminated any that had any problems (such as a registration flaw), for an edition of between six and eight.
As I am most interested in the human face, I use it always as a vehicle for exploring all my other interests in art. Each medium prompts a different kind of mark-making, and I have greatly enjoyed exploring the kinds of marks that linoleum cutting prompts, and how the different layers of marks and colors interact with each other.
THREE- OR FOUR- COLOR REDUCTION PRINTS
TWO-COLOR REDUCTION PRINTS