Linocut: Reveille

Reveille 6×6 Linocut with Watercolor
Available on Etsy.
This linocut was made for a print exchange, with the theme of The Nude. I used a composite of several photos in my files to create the sketch; snapshots of an old carriage house apartment I rented years ago, one of my cats on a sill, and a few figures from posing sessions with models and friends. The version above was painted with watercolor, and it’s available in my Etsy shop.

The print without watercolor
Pulling the Print
Carving the Linocut
Preliminary drawing on unmounted linoleum with sharpie and watercolor

Art Quote

Of late Whistler had but little cause to complain of lack of appreciation on this side, for while an art so subtle as his is bound to be more or less misunderstood, critics amateurs and a goodly portion of the public have for a long time acknowledged his greatness as an etcher, a lithographer, and a painter. In fact, for at least ten years past, his works have been gradually coming to this country where they belong. England and Scotland have been searched for prints and paintings until the great collections – much greater than the public know – of his works are here. Some day the American people will be made more fully acquainted with the beautiful things he has done many of which have never been seen save by a few intimate friends 

The struggle for recognition was long and bitter – so long and so bitter that it developed in him the habits of controversy and whimsical irritability by which he was for a generation more widely known than through his art.
When it was once reported that he was going to America, he said “It has been suggested many times; but, you see, I find art so absolutely irritating to the people that, really, I hesitate before exasperating another nation.’ To another who asked him when he was coming, he answered, with emphasis, “When the duty on art is removed.”
Arthur Jerome Eddy – Recollections and Impressions of James McNeill Whistler 1903 

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4 Responses to Linocut: Reveille

  1. John Brisson 03/15/2012 at 7:40 am #

    Belinda…Linocuts and woodblock prints are a passion of mine. Your added watercolor in the perfect addition!!

  2. Sue Pownall 03/15/2012 at 3:04 am #

    I also like both the colour and the b&w versions. Lovely composition.

  3. Dileep 03/15/2012 at 2:44 am #

    Beautiful… I like to ssketch and was drawn to art, now I like learning from Yours .. Thanks for the detailed illustration. I just love them.

  4. Bill Sharp 03/14/2012 at 6:35 pm #

    I like both the color and black and white versions and the fact that they each emphasize something different about the scene. That’s a great thing about hand colored prints – you can have it both ways.

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