John Muir - Artist's Proofs

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John Muir - Artist's Proofs

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John Muir was an explorer, environmentalist, writer, artist, and much more. These woodcut prints are a tribute to the legendary Scottish-American.

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These are artist’s proofs. A total of 12 of them were printed. The original edition of 15 prints has sold out which is why these artist’s proofs are now available.

The artist’s proofs are very similar to the original edition with just some variations in color or ink coverage. I like and approve all of them!

I was thinking about doing a woodcut portrait and went to the lumber yard to buy some wood. The scrap pieces they had were more long and thin in proportion and not really well suited for a portrait piece. So I am looking at the piece of wood and thinking it probably will have to be a landscape. This gave me the idea to do both a landscape and portrait in one! The first person who came to mind was John Muir.


Reduction Woodcut Technique

The print was done with a reduction woodcutting printmaking technique. This is where a single piece of wood is used for all the colors in the print, in this case, 3 ink colors, blue, green and metallic black (dark grey). The first step was to cut away any areas that were to remain the white paper color. The first color blue was then printed. Next, I cut away the areas of the woodblock that were to remain blue. The green color was printed at this stage. Finally, the green areas were cut away and the darkest color was printed to achieve the finished print.

Image area shown in proportion to the trimmed paper sheet.

Dimensions

Paper Size: 14.75”x8.75”

Image: 11.75”x5.75”

Diagram and instructions for matting in an 18”x12” standard-size matte is available for easy framing.




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Because of the technique used, once these are gone they can never be printed again.