wood engraving, Peter McLean, 2012
After some initial trouble getting hold of some suitable ink, I’ve finally been getting into some printmaking. First off I edditioned this small engraving I did on some apple wood left by the previous artist in residence. By traditional criteria, the apple turned out not to be ideal for engraving. While it is reasonably hard, the grain is certainly not uniform, with rings of softer wood containing minute pits. Perhaps this is the rapid spring growth. The end result though, is quite pleasing. The pits are just big enough to show up as lighter rings in the print, but not so much as to overly distract from the image, and I had made sure that the focal point of the image was at the centre f the growth rings so the two patterns would be working together rather than against each other.
Of course seeing how those growth rings show up, I also did some printing of other pieces that had been sanded smooth, but not yet engraved. I felt like turning these into something more than the simple cross section, even though that is nice, and they became a little text piece.
Apple, relief print, Peter McLean, 2012