To Carve or Not To Carve

It’s been 10 months since I started this blog. I know, it’s not much cause for celebration but I feel that anything you can stick with for longer than three months (they say it takes about three months for something to become a habit) is a worthwhile achievement. So here’s to consistency. 🍻 

Anyhoo, when I came up with the title of this blog I wanted it to reflect what I do as an artist, hence “Carve & Draw” because that’s what I do, I carve and I draw. But to be honest, it now reflects more so what I used to do. You see, I do draw but I haven’t carved anything in some months now. Which isn’t unusual for me because typically my carving streak begins around September and ends in early March. It’s a seasonal thing for me that harkens back to my childhood years of staving off cabin fever during those long Alaskan winters. I’m far removed from Alaska now and it’s mid October but no urge to carve has fell upon me. Actually I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to better my craft in pointillism/stippling that I haven’t given much thought to designing carvings. So I woke up this morning with a question on my mind, “To carve or not to carve?” Well, for the time being I’m gonna have to go with letting my carving tools rest. I don’t feel that it’s a permanent decision, at least not for the time being. I still have a 12×12 piece of mounted linoleum that is collecting dust, so maybe one day I’ll eventually get around to carving it up, but for now, I’m going where my creative energy is flowing and it’s all gung ho on drawing. 

I’ve done quite a few carvings over the last year and a few are still available at

P.S. I’m not changing the name of this blog though. πŸ˜‹

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12 thoughts on “To Carve or Not To Carve”

  1. Your carving is beautiful sure something that you should keep doing, it is an antique art and is great to keep that going for new generations to appreciate it! Also your pointillism is lovely keep doing what you’re doing, as an artist I appreciate every dot and carve I see in your creative pieces! ❀ πŸ˜‰ Best wishes!

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  2. Dang these are incredible. I’ve only attempted to do two wood carvings in my life. I have the toolz but they are cheap chinese blades and i think I bought the wrong type of wood. I got bass wood. Would love to create something like this as I’m trying to make something sturdier then just paper drawings.

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    1. Thank you. 😊 Actually the material I use is mounted linoleum instead of wood. It’s the same material that is used for linocut prints in printmaking but instead of making prints I treat the carving as a work of art in and of itself.


  3. Go wherever your flow takes you, Q. If you’re to return to carving, you will when the time is right for it.

    As for me – I absolutely adore your lino carvings and if I could afford it, I would buy one (or more) but at the moment I’m having to spend my money (alas) on household things. Also – don’t know if you know – but in the UK our customs charges for goods from America are high and on top of that our mail service adds a whopping great service charge on top of it.. so for now, I’m going to have to just admire them from a distance. And I do admire them, I really do. Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome. Generally, the higher the cost of the item bought, they more customs charge. I haven’t yet sussed out quite what the mail surcharge is based on, probably just bloody-mindedness knowing them! πŸ˜‰


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