Linocut: Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra

Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra 6×8 Linocut with Watercolor

This linocut is available in my Etsy shop.
Quite a few years ago, there was a free concert with the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, featuring Cassie Miller on lead vocals. I took my son, who was just a kid then, but still a foot-tapping swing fan. We had a blast, listening to wonderful music, and watching swing dancers strut their stuff. I snapped a few photos, and carved this linocut of the band. I love making art based on direct experiences. Is that what you use as references too?

If you want to try making a linocut, here is a playlist on my youtube channel with relief printmaking demos and tutorials. Happy printing!

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Carving from a sheet of unmounted linoleum with the reference photo close by

Art Quote
Wyeth’s program could have been written by Fitz Hugh Lane: “to escape from the medium with which I work. To leave no residue of technical mannerisms to stand between my expression and the observer. To seek freedom through significant form and design rather than through the diversion of so called free and accidental brush handling.” We can also notice in Wyeth’s paintings those spacial conventions so frequent in Homer and Eakins, along with an interest in odd angles prompted by the camera eye, which often provides his idea of modern design. ~B. Novak

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5 Responses to Linocut: Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra

  1. Belinda Del Pesco 12/23/2013 at 8:17 am #

    @kim, thanks for your compliment. If you do a linocut, I hope you post the results. And your direct experience as a reference to your work/travel shows; i love Odd Man Out. Nice painting!

  2. Belinda Del Pesco 12/23/2013 at 8:15 am #

    @coreopsis, thanks for your comment and your compliment on the linocut. Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. Kim Minichiello 12/23/2013 at 6:17 am #

    What a great print!!! Makes me want to do a Linocut again, it’s been years! Yes, all my work is based on direct experiences, mostly travels.

  4. Coreopsis 12/22/2013 at 6:59 am #

    No–my references are almost always completely unrelated to me. I look mostly for interesting expressions, and shapes, and light, and emotion. And then I completely fall in love with the person I’m creating in the work–who emerges only as I work on it. But I can see it both ways.

    This is a really fun and lively print.

    And I’m sure exactly what you’re referring to with “Wyeth’s program”, but interesting thoughts about media and technique. One of the things I really like about art is the very present-ness of the media, of the technique. I personally don’t want it to disappear. I want to SEE the marks, the texture, the paper, etc. I feel that way about music too. I love that Jaqueline De Pri’s (I don’t think that’s spelled right) recordings have squeaks sometimes of her bow on the strings, incidental noises that more highly produced albums would eliminate.

    Thanks for sharing!


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    […] This snapshot of the Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra taken in 2002 became this linocut […]

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