Prickly Pear Ocotillo Cactus Plant Southwest Desert Landscape
5 x 3.75 inches image size
CHOOSE to mat or frame your work, ready to gift or hang on the wall!
Frame/mat 8x10 inches ivory (off white), frame modern metal black
Paper: Various handmade with natural fibers, paper will vary!
Process: Sketched on the field
Image: Winter in the hot desert is not hot! Always sunny, always beautiful and quiet, this spectacular Joshua tree forest is a perfect hike. Prickly pear give a great sweet fruit if you can get to it through the cactus spines. Ocotillos reach high and fill the desert with bright blooms. This is one of many smaller woodcuts that I use as "sketches" to hone skill in capturing the woodcut essence in the desert around me. I usually take a bunch of little blocks in my backpack the way other artists take a sketchbook. A magic marker is my weapon of choice as it allows me to sketch quickly and capture the quirky shapes of desert flora and the awesome darks and lights of desert landscapes.
Suitable for smaller frames, these make great gifts framed or unframed.
How are woodcuts and wood engravings made?
Woodcuts are made by carving a block of wood, leaving in relief what is going to be the image. Once the block is carved, thick printing ink is applied with a roller, paper is placed on top of the inked block, and finally pressure is applied to the paper with a tool such as a wooden spoon or a Japanese baren. The ink transfers to the paper and the result is a beautiful hand-pulled print, deeply embossed into the hand-made paper. I use cherrywood almost exclusively and enjoy hunting for a variety of thick and textural hand-made papers for most of my woodcuts.
All my woodcuts are original in design and created using the finest printmaking materials available. Inks are permanent and any framing materials are acid-free and archival in quality.
The Hand-Made Difference:
-Photos of the print are taken from a representative of the edition, usually an artist's proof. Since all my woodcuts are hand printed, there may be a very slight variation across the edition.
-Hand-made paper also varies from sheet to sheet, therefore when a print is printed on hand-made paper each sheet of paper will be slightly different.
Both these factors contribute to making each of my original woodcuts unique works of art.
All my prints are shipped well protected and flat.
Need more information? Questions always welcome.
All woodcuts are made in limited editions, signed in pencil by the artist.
Designed, cut and hand-printed by the artist
ALL MATERIALS ARCHIVAL QUALITY AND PERMANENT Signed Numbered Matted Framed Woodcut Limited edtion Landscape Traditional up to 6 in
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