It has been a busy summer, and fall is almost here. After our trip to Holland and Ireland this spring, we spent part of the early summer at home, and then took off again!
This time, Susan and I drove through Rhode Island, Maine and New Brunswick on our way to spend a week with David and his family on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. We loved driving along the Atlantic coast, and managed to visit a number of wonderful spots, including Acadia National Park, Fundy National Park and the Hopewell Rocks. A lot of photography!
One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to a print studio in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The studio, owned and operated by Phillipe and Kim Villard, specializes in "white-line colour woodblock printing", which we found very inspiring. Phillipe and Kim put on a video for us, and showed us around, giving tips on the method. It struck us a relatively simple, and very portable - perhaps in conjunction with plein-air sketching.
On our return to the hotel, we stopped by a Home Depot to buy some wood and knives. Once in PEI, we did some experiments. I really enjoy the method, and have done a number of prints based on my sketch book - both in PEI and from our Ireland trip earlier this year.
Red Cliffs, white-line watercolour block print, 4 x 6", 2015
The real scene, which was close to the beach house we rented, was actually in reverse. In future, I must remember to reverse the image when I draw it on the block.
Island Sunset, white-line watercolour block print, 4 x 6", 2015
Click here to see more examples of my experiments with the block prints.
Tony Marinus Vander Voet