Color Woodcut: Bath Street Breakfast (printing & pondering from a block carved thirty years ago)

Bath Street Breakfast 4.5 x 5.5 Woodcut with Watercolor sold
My reference photo for this woodcut was a breakfast table adorned with colorful pottery from Mexico, snapped in 1982. The block used for the woodcut was found in the recycle bin – tossed by a fellow student in Introduction to Printmaking in 1984 – after they quit carving two rough profiles on the back. (see below) With a student budget of broccoli & rice dinners,  I wouldn’t pass up 50% of a perfectly good chunk of birch ply.
Bath Street Breakfast Woodblock
The reverse side of the block; carving started & then tossed into the recycling bin

I printed an edition of 12 as a two color reduction block (see below), and thirty years later, printed an edition from what remained on the block on my Takach etching press. There are layers of memories in that tossed hunk of wood. I ponder those three decades each time I pull another print, or add watercolors to the ink.

The original design in 1984; two color reduction block print
Edition of 25 in the 2nd state – each one painted with watercolor

Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Belinda

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It has often been said
there’s so much to be read,
you never can cram
all those words in your head.

So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads.

That’s why my belief is
the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh
of the reader’s relief is.

And that’s why your books
have such power and strength.
You publish with shorth!
(Shorth is better than length.)

~Dr. Seuss

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