This has to be the most involved block I have cut so far. Those circles don’t come easy – at least not to me. Maybe for a motive like this, it would be a good idea to try working with a plastic block instead of lino. It’s still very much inspired by Lisa Congdon’s line art drawings. While I was carving, I wondered when does something stop being a copy of somebody else’s work and becomes your own. Would changing the medium suffice? I feel like, I’m a lot less perfect with my lines, does that make it more my own? It’s probably all part of the process, as long as it feels like you’re copying, you haven’t fully made it your own yet.
You will know you’re there, when you get there, I guess.
Also, while cutting, I was so excited about this one, and I didn’t like it at all when I saw the finished print. With a couple of days distance, I’m getting to a place where I can appreciate it. That seems to be something I more often then not go through when I’m working on something. Once you know that this will happen it gets way less frustrating though.