I do not usually take woodblocks to cut a small format print as the kind of wood I use, plywood, is quite unpredictable under the gouges, however I thought I should try for the prints I did in March. Sure enough, I encountered some difficulties: here, the nose of the puffin is not as complex as it should be, the wood went away too quickly when I tried to work out the fine details. I had to use red watercolor later to compensate for the problem. One eye is in fact a nail I added when the wood chip supposed to represent it flew away. So Bonaparte appears fine and fierce as long as you do not look at him closely, but could it be a better representation of him than the one I had in mind? Do you see the errors? Do they affect the overall aspect of the print?
I just finished to color and number this woodcut, a view from one of my favorite place on Grand Manan, an island in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. I usually do not try to depict a particular location but this time, along with this print, I did nine others (they all are in the Prints 2007-Present page). I plan to exhibit them on the island, but also anywhere else I show, so I will see whether it was a good idea or not.
I made this image around 1986 after a trip in a small plane above the Epinal region of Les Vosges. It reminded me of how Paul Klee started to paint his colored squares, as I had read it was after flying over Tunisia. I used a zinc plate and some acid to draw the image, and the whites had been protected beforehand with varnish.
This is one of the new photos I will show this year; why did I choose it, and not another one, I do not know exactly, it is always difficult to decide. There was something in the landscape that I liked, the lines, the dots made by the trees, the variety of greens, it reminded me of an impressionist painting. I also have been hiking there very often when I go to France, yet it is the first time I have an image that captures the essence of the place, so it could be another explanation. What do you think?
_This is one my first woodcut, if not the first, made in 1985 and influenced by Alechinsky for the border and Kirchner for the woman.
Expressionism is what draw me to relief printing techniques I think, even though I was born in a town known for its colorful woodcuts (Epinal, the city of Images)
When he does not take photos, make prints, or write stories, Dominique teaches philosophy and train students for Model UN conferences in an international school near Boston, MA, USA .
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