Today, my finger joints were bugging me so I chose to do limited work on the block. Gripping the dry point needle is very uncomfortable. There remains quite a bit to resolve on the bird and fingers but I’m feeling good about the whole image. A proof using thickened oil based ink (a bunch of burnt sienna with a little black) was accomplished with much improvement! The ink remained on the block surface rather than running into the thin grooves. I also mounted the linoleum on a chunk of plywood and it’s much happier! Whew! I don’t think I’ll be using a second block at this point but time will tell.
Tomorrow I get my car back so my week of forced studio time is about to end. This has been way too much alone time with the dogs. Missing critique group last night was horrible! Now I have to wait 2 months til the next gathering. Maybe by then this print will be completed!
More work tomorrow! 🙂
Ink used: daniel smith oil based etching ink, proofed on newsprint