My New Love Affair with Landscapes
Updated: Aug 22, 2021
For most of my artistic life I've been drawn to portraiture. Landscapes were just not my thing. In my college days, the idea of creating space on a flat surface intimidated me. I just didn't get it.
Over the years, I got over most of my anxiety around the landscape, but it still wasn't my "go to" image in my idea book. Learning printmaking has changed that for me.
The process of Lino Cutting has forced me out of my comfort zone and into new artistic territory. I love the idea of using textures and layers to create the idea of space. It helped me to let go of what I thought a landscape should be, and opened my mind to other possibilities.
Here are my most recent landscapes made though the filter of Lino Block Printing:
In "Mountain View" I used textures and perspective to create visual space. This is a one block, one color Lino Print.
Using the reduction print method to create "White Rabbit", I used layering and color to make visual space.
In the print "Blue Mountain" I used a combination of textures and color variations to create a Folk Art style of space. This print is a good example of my letting go of what a landscape "should" look like.