Bloom

“Bloom” – linocut carving by Q.

For my first piece back to lino carving, I think this turned out pretty decent. I’m not quite ready to get back to doing pointillism just yet, so I’m currently mulling over a new design for another carving, so stay tuned. 😊

Swirls and Curls

“Bloom” (wip)

So I’m back to lino carving and I set up for myself a project with a bunch of swirls, curls, nooks and crannies. I just got the outline done and I’m already exasperated. In need of some carving stamina today. 😌

Back To Something Familiar

Got a design all drawn out and ready to carve for my first lino carving in over a year. I’m excited and a bit nervous. Linoblocks are harder to carve compared to erasers so it’s easier to wind up with gouged hands and bloody fingers, so I’m hoping I’m not too rusty. But I’m excited because, well, I’m back to something familiar. With patience and a steady hand, I know how this will turn out. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try something different, like with the stamp carving, but it also feels good to come back to something you know. There’s nothing wrong with staying in your zone.

…now, if I could just come up with a name for this piece. Any suggestions would be appreciated. 😌

For Mother’s Day

Bijin

Shipped this off this afternoon to a friend for Mother’s Day. I’m really hoping it brings a little happiness and delight to this special occasion. 

Earlier this year I had mentioned that I was going to hang up my carving tools and focus strictly on drawing. After working on this carving I realized I missed doing these small pieces. So I’m taking my tools out of hiding and permanently leaving them on my desk with the plan on doing 1 or 2 small carvings month. I guess I just needed a little break from it to recharge my interest. 😊

Mandala (wip)

Sun mandala (wip)

Just a little work in progress update on the Sun mandala I’m carving. As of last night I over indulged on some Lindt chocolate, 100 grams of indulgence and stayed up ’til 3am waiting on a friend to fly in from Texas. I’m currently running on four hours of sleep so I’ll probably slip into a deep nap sometime this afternoon before I’m able to progress any further on this piece. I’m looking to have this all carved out by Sunday evening, painted by Monday and shipped out to it’s new home come Tuesday. Hopefully this choco caffeine high wears off soon so that I can function normally ’cause right now I’m stuck between loopy ville and jack rabbit valley and unable to focus on anything. Word to the wise, don’t eat 100 grams of dark chocolate late at night in one sitting. For me, it’s the equivalent of drinking four cups of dip brewed coffee.