Hut Trip | 2019 | 6 x 6"

 Woodblock print

 

Mountain Boy

2020 | 14 x 21"

Woodcut | Woodblock print

 

﷯IMPLE GRAPHIC SHAPES are the essence of my woodblock prints, and the mountains and rivers surrounding Aspen are full of these inspiring shapes. I work from drawings made in the field, often of the river near my studio, a steep canyon full of massive glacial erratics, or up one of the five valleys that lead to the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass, Ashcroft, Hunter Creek, and the high peaks of the Elk Mountain Range. ﷯ Making a woodblock print is reductive, not additive. I start with a blackened, 1/2" birch veneer plywood panel and carve away the white spaces. Birch is hard to cut (but its tight grain makes the effort worthwhile) so straight lines and simple shapes prevail. The uncut wood becomes the image. Each print is made up of 2 blocks and is run through the press twice: first with black ink and second with blue ink. I print on a small hand press with oil-based ink on Japanese rice paper. —CURT CARPENTER | September 2022

Drawing Aspen Mountain

Sizes listed are the image size. Paper size is 2" larger on all sides.

319 ABC | STUDIO E | ASPEN, COLORADO 81611 | 970/925-3448 | CARPENTER.CURT@GMAIL.COM

 

 

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