Sunday, June 29, 2008

Moku Hanga Monday Bunday II

This is an Artist's Proof (AP) of my next Moku Hanga. The subject here is Bandit, a fabulous rabbit, now passed, a good friend for nine years. The print is four colors and five printings, the whiskers are done separately, it is impossible to cut and print crisp intersections of thin lines. An AP means the artist is still in process with the piece, for instance seeing this I think I want to thin down the lines a bit, especially in the top of the head and the ears, particularly the inner line of the right ear. My idea of overprinting the top of the rear with blue so it would fade back didn't work well, so I will cut back the blue on that part. I think the grey in the ears could be little more prominent, so I will try printing the pink first, to see if that will change the tones a bit. The blue on the background feels too jumpy to me, but then I am still waiting for my Pigment Dispersions from Guerra.  The original thought was to do Bokashi, gradation, across the top, and I still want to try that. This time I had my paper a bit wet, you can see the black looking not quite crisp enough. Practice, practice, practice 10,0000 times!


Monday Bunday, rabbits got to Boyfriend's Spinoza, he is NOT very happy about this style of bookmarking. Bad rabbits or just food for thought; you be the judge. 


15 comments:

The Bunns said...

All things reachable belong to bunny .... meezer rule.

mum of critters said...

i love it - it's beautiful! Sorry about the book... it's just one of the challenges of living with bunnies ;-)

hope the fires are not effecting you or family.

tlc illustration said...

Lovely piece. Good luck with your next 9,999 practice attempts. :-) Am enjoying the bunny tales.

(And yes, the chickens are a first for me).

PJ said...

I love your prints, they're just really great visual statements. I especially love your choice of colors. As for Spinoza, in Hebrew his first name was Baruch which is pretty close to BAROO!. Since there are no accidents I think your bun was making an extremely profound philisophical statement of some kind here.

Rima said...

Lovely new print :) And I like the book nibbles!
The baked beans on ryvita is a little poetic exaggeration, but we'll be able to get out soon when it's fixed and buy some vegetables! x

ilex said...

Some of my best, most favorite books have been sampled my buns. It used to drive me nuts, but I have a nibble and let nibble philosophy about it now.

Your prints are very beautiful, madam. Great hand.

FrecklesandDeb said...

We love the print and think it looks wonderful just the way it is. Do we ever think our work is perfect? How great that you are able to give Bandit such a tribute.

As for the Spinoza book, we believe that bunnies absorb the words through their teeth. You should be thrilled that your rabbits enjoy good works. Freckles has a fondness for poetry =:-)

RoadBunner said...

Mario once chewed the back strap on a pair of shoes I wore once for a wedding. They were black and classic and I figured I'd get YEARS out of them.

furrybutts said...

I love the print, the blue really draws me to it, and Bandit's picture is just awesome!

mmm, yes, books are high up on my bunnies list of must-chews! actually, anything they can get their little mouths on MUST be chewed, without mercy!

M.Kate said...

Beautiful print!! and yes... PLEASE send me an email on the bunnies food. All bunnies food are imported from the US, so its very expensive here, very soon I'll have to put them on a diet hahaha...so it I could give them some local veges would be great :D

happy weekend to you

Amy-and-Fez said...

What a great print. I always loved printmaking it was my favourite medium. I am kept busy with my 5 rabbits and the dog, also have a foster rabbit coming next week, the cutest little dutch, needs some TLC! When I read your post about Fez's ears on the plane I laughed so loudly that Abbey got up and thumped away in a huff!

mum of critters said...

how are you holding up with all those dern fires? it's insane! i worry about you seems like they are everywhere.

hey - o'reilly is going to start acupuncture for his hips next week. poor guy probably has early signs of dysplasia and i can't afford the rays to verify but my friend says we can do the acupuncture without the pics and he'll feel better. i hope so, he's only a bit over a year old!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Thanks to all you lovely folks who visited and were pleased with my preliminary work! I am waiting rather impatiently for my pigment dispersions so I can do some proper prints. I like bunny nibbled books, personally (and think it enhances very book it happens to....) We are not at this point personally effected by the Big Sur fire, but it is strange/scary/unsettling to hear of places we have visited and loved being burnt down.......no smoke here, hoping for a 4th without fire incident.....

Crafty Green Poet said...

wonderful picture, I like the way you describe the process and how you want to change the picture.

I've had rabbits chew books too, it can be annoying....

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely rabbit print.Our big lop-eared rabbit was very badly behaved.........he was in love with our puppy (!) but even he didin't devour books.......