3′ x 5′ Baltic Birch Plywood, 3/4″ thick
Drawing on board; starting to carve
LOTS of wood shavings
Tree trunk, detail
Stage One: board rolled up with water-based ink helps me see image
Stage Two: addition of work in margins
Stage Two rolled up with more ink
I based my woodcut design on this recent work: Ghost Scroll, cut and painted,mixed media, 3′ x 4′. Judith Joseph, 2014.
Sometimes invitations that appear in my inbox are too tantalizing to hit “delete”. About six months ago, I received a “Call For Artists” for an event called “Really Big Prints” in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It was described as an opportunity to create a huge (3’x 5′) woodcut print and have it printed by a steamroller!
The thought of seeing a steamroller re-purposed as a press to create huge works of art was irresistible. Being inexperienced as a woodcut artist, naturally, I jumped at the chance(!) I conferred with my experts, who were generous with their knowledge and time: Ellen Holtzblatt, who makes exquisite woodcuts; and Alex, the owner of McClain’s Printmaking Supplies.
The event requests that each artist (there will be 45 working over 5 days) create an edition of 4-5 prints and donate one copy to the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc.
I did the drawing and carving in 3 1/2 days. My cutting marks improved as I got a feel for the tools, and gained some fluidity and expressiveness. The final day I started at 10 a.m. and finished at 8 p.m., and didn’t feel the day pass by. Carving is wonderfully addictive; what a joy to lose myself in work that way, and have the calluses on my hands to show for it.
I will post again after the event, with photos and videos.
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I have been making amulets which address our deepest longings. Although I do not believe that my art works magic, I do think there is some magic worked by hope and prayer. My amulets offer a ray of hope, joy, color. All of them have a hamsa, which is an ancient Middle Eastern/ North African amulet against the evil eye.
I will be showing them at Moriah Congregation Judaica and Jewelry Fair on March 6-8, 2010, in Deerfield, Illinois. This is a beautiful show that includes Israeli and international artists, and I am proud to be part of it. For the first time, I will be offering fine-art prints and posters of my work, in an effort to make it more affordable. I have finally enbraced digital printing, and I can’t believe how beautiful the prints are!
The show hours are: Saturday night, March 6, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Here are my new amulets: Earth, Fire, Water, Air.
I think our world is in need of some fixing. Most people I know are engaged in some magical thinking along the lines of:
- Please let me get this job!
- Please let my check not bounce!
- Please help (me/someone I love) heal!
- Please help me get through this recession!
- Please help me find peace!
- Please help me find my way out of this loneliness!
- Please let my spirit soar!
My amulet paintings give form to these longings.