52 Weeks of Print: 46/52

52 Weeks of Print: 46/52 Saucer Magnolia

You know, this weeks entry is a lesson in walking away. And critique. And patience. Positive and negative spaces and simplification. Whew! Stay with me here…The first picture at the top and the very last image I took early this morning, after coming back to a post written yesterday, saved for today to edit and publish. The images in the middle are from yesterday.

See if you notice the differences.

52 Weeks of Print: 46/52 Saucer Magnolia

(initial carving)
What I wrote yesterday: This week I sketched out several images of saucer magnolias and was convinced this was going to be wonderful. Then about halfway through knew that I wouldn’t be entirely happy. In fact, I think it’s a hot mess – shadows make no sense at all, the bottom half seems to run together rather than putting emphasis on the stems and I really made bad use of the smaller and larger carving tools.

52 Weeks of Print: 46/52 Saucer Magnolia

(initial carving)
Walking away yesterday and returned this morning to look at the pictures from a fresh perspective, I immediately noticed that if I went in and made the brights more bold (i.e. carved out for more whites by removing the small lines), it would even the look out a bit.

52 Weeks of Print: 46/52 Saucer Magnolia

(initial carving)
52 Weeks of Print: 46/52 Saucer Magnolia
(final carving)
Creating a relief printing from a realistic image is a lesson in positive and negative spaces as well as simplification. I wanted a little of everything in this piece and it was too much. The difference, in my opinion, was slight, but a big improvement. The flowers are bolder and fit in better with the bold background. By simplifying, I think that it helped to balance out the look.
Now, about those shadows…
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