7"x7", watercolor on paper
The Seacoast Science Center in the heart of Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH held special "Art in Nature" events a few years ago. Artists had a week to create small pieces in the park to be sold on Sunday.
Most of the time, artists paint in watercolor, oils or acrylics for these types of exhibits. I have done that before and I knew I would have a good time painting the rocky landscapes in the park, but I wanted to try something different.
Monday morning, I was excited get started on my preparatory drawings so I could get right to the carving. I rushed over the to coast only to immerse myself in some serious "pea soup".
How were any of the artists supposed to paint, draw or make prints of all that grey? Well, we all made do and the fog eventually burned away. I chose a few scenes and drew for most of the afternoon. By the time I had a nice drawing suitable for transferring to a block, it was time to head home.
I returned on Thursday to transfer the drawing and carve the block. I could have done that at home, but I wanted the entire piece to be done at the park!
I sat near my subject and carved happily away with the sound of the waves and the smell of the sea breeze surrounding me. A nice change from the oppressive heat inland!
Friday was inking day! With my brushes, watercolors, pallettes, and wooden spoon in tow, I set up on the stone wall and again enjoyed a wonderful day by the sea as I used the colors in front of me to create two prints.
Since then, I have printed from the block more and ended up with an edtion of 10. Each of these prints is signed and numbered (2/10, 3/10...)