Orange Girl Woodcut

Here’s another woodcut–this time it’s one of the first I made.  Some of the earliest prints I made began as scribbled drawings.  In “Orange Girl,” I included some the lines from the drawing in the print, showing its origins.  I recall that I experimented with carving a hard wood–either maple or oak.  It wasn’t easy, but a hard wood produces very crisp lines.  “Orange Girl” is a subtraction print, one in which you gradually carve away more of the block as you print each colour.  There’s no going back because by the end, much of the block is carved away.  In this case, only the grey blue areas remained on the wooden block.

Orange Girl, Woodcut, ©1972 by Lily S. May under former married name, Susan Herman.

Orange Girl, Woodcut, ©1972 by Lily S. May under former married name, Susan Herman.



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