I love the photos of whale breaches that tell the “whale’s tale” and I wanted to find the essence of the moment, just the whale’s tail, the water and the sky. “Whale Tail I and II” are a simplified, iconic image of a whale’s tail breaching the waves with the clouds over the water in the background, tiny linoleum block prints in black on white rice paper that I wanted to look like an illustration in an old book.
I designed and cut these two blocks in 2001 based on photos from a friend’s vacation. The actual images are 2″ x 4″ on the outside of the heavy outline.
These prints are part of a series inspired when I was reading articles about whales in 2000 and 2001. I had always admired the little illustrations I found in some of my books, just tiny images that said so much. Most illustrations in older books were etchings or relief prints of some sort, and as I studied those I found ideas blooming in my own imagination to use what I’d found.
About block printing
Block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper.
Unlike other reproduction prints made with a printer or on a printing press, each block print is created by hand and the slight variations of ink coverage and even paper texture make each print unique. I printed a set of eight of each Whale’s Tail and numbered each one.
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As you see above, I have them matted with navy blue marbled matboard with a black frame. I have one set matted and framed right now. Please visit the product listing for this art to order the set.
I also have just prints on rice paper as well as a few matted prints, and can frame prints as well. Visit the product posts to see those options:
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