"First Passage", Original reduction linocut print


"First Passage", Original reduction linocut print


Title: First Passage
Reduction linocut
Image size: 6.5" x 9"
Edition: 8
Paper: Rives BFK lightweight
Original signed print

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This is from a sketch I did while on my first sailing passage from Fiji to New Zealand.  The low front was suppose to pass by before we arrived near the northern tip of the North Island.  However, it stalled and we ended up in big seas for a few hours. Two albatrosses followed us and dolphins were surfing the waves.

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A reduction print is a print using one print block what is carved repeatedly depending upon how many colors will be used. White areas in the print is the first to be carved out of the print block. The next lightest color will be printed, then those areas will be carved out and the next color printed. This process is repeated until the last color is printed.  Because of this reductive method of printing, the whole edition needs to be printed at once. At the end of the print run, the block is completely destroyed.