Today I'm writing about a woodblock print that I created this year after a visit to the Skagit Valley during winter with a friend who lives up in Stanwood. She's always aware of which birds are around and she invited me up last January and we drove and walked around in fields and roads and byways. I am struck always by the contrast of the large white birds, swans and snow geese, that feed in flocks in the fallow fields, surrounded by the dun color of earth, or by greens of young plants. This print required only 3 blocks, one for the blue, one for the green, and one for the swans' legs and bills. It's fun working around the white of the paper, using that as yet another color. This particular print employed oil-based inks, and though I haven't had much luck using watercolor-based printmaking on top of a block that has already been used for oil-based inks, I was able to try this one and have success with Akua inks. I'll be sharing much more about this in a demo and workshop that I am offering in January at the Seattle Daniel Smith store.The demos are Saturday, January 9th at 11am and 1pm. The workshop will be offered on Sunday, January 24th from 11 to 5pm, and I'm encouraging everyone to first come to the demo where they will learn how to carve, and then at the workshop our focus will be on applying color to the blocks in different ways.