I have just had the New Zealand Wildflowers Linocut framed for my son to take back with him to NZ. He chose a wide matt board and wide flat black frame – not something that I would have thought of choosing but it came up as quite dramatic and ‘clean’. I find framing my work the hardest thing to do often struggling with what I chose. It is so subjective – it seems no matter what I chose some people like it and some don’t.
I am working away steadily at the NZ Wildflowers Linocut. I have had RSI in my arm/shoulder/neck in the past and so am mindful to try and take regular breaks. I used to just carve and carve to finish each piece as soon as possible but have been persuaded in recent times by physios etc that really the better approach is to take breaks, stretch and vary what I am doing. This is one of the reasons I am also doing the botanical & fauna illustration work.
As you can see I am up to the ‘fiddly flowers’ – lots of small carved sections to create the overall flower…
Anyway the block is getting there slowly (for me!) but I am also battling the ‘flu at the moment as well.
I will try and post some of the flower images as I go along so you can see the actual flowers and what I’ve done with them within this design.