Watercolor: Amigos

painting cows in watercolor
Amigos 7x7x watercolor (sold)

Printmakers I Admire

I found Toronto artist Margaret Rankin’s work online in about 2005. Her subjects demonstrate her sharp eye and sure hands. She is a Landscape Architect, and her composition and colors are based on nature. One of the things I was drawn to is the way she uses her blocks – after the fact, when a planned edition is finished. The same graphic components from a traditional, representational print (trees, clouds, hills) are inked, re-arranged and paired with new blocks to be printed artfully & whimsically as brand new one of a kind linocuts. You can check her work out on her blog. Many of her prints are available for sale in her Etsy Shop. (Note: The printmaker geek in me loves the fact that her Etsy listings show the blocks she makes the prints from, so if you’re into the process, be sure to peruse her photos.)

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Running Horse 6.5 x 4 Linocut by Margaret Rankin

I purchased this Running Horse print (above) from Margaret’s shop and framed it when we moved – so it was the first art acquisition in our new home at that time. We’ve moved again since then, and I displayed her beautiful horse in our guest room, where I see it every day, and my visitors can gaze on it to inspire good dreams just before they go to sleep.

Red Horse Running 6 x 6 Linocut by Margaret Rankin

The Ridge Roof 8×11 Linocut by Margaret Rankin

Hillside Trees 7.5 x 10.5 Linocut by Margaret Rankin

Mabou Coal Mine Beach 16 x 24 Linocut by Margaret Rankin

Start Your Printmaking Journey

The internet gives us access to the world of talented artists, and inspiration is a keystroke away. Pour a cup of tea, grab a sketchbook, and give yourself 30 minutes to gallop around an artist’s website or blog to get your creative mojo percolating. Once the inspired whirl of your output bears fruit, be sure to post it online so you can keep the inspiration momentum going, and inspire someone else with your work.

Who inspires you with their posted art when your art-making brain feels a little less sharpened?  Leave us a link in the comments so we can collect and bank future inspiration when we need it.

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


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Art Quote

Sometime in 1964 I realized that I was a victim of a printmaking obsession, a condition that persists today.

~ Irving Penn

3 thoughts on “Watercolor: Amigos”

  1. Great painting by you — love it, and super prints by Margaret Rankin. This is a wonderful thing you’re doing with your blog.

    Take care,


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