I have been wanting to work on relief prints on a larger scale. I have a commission of a painting on slate of this same subject, so I wanted to explore it in this form first. Sometimes, I begin a slate painting with a relief print and hand paint the image.
Here is the drawing transferred onto the block, which is 7 3/8 x 9 1/8.
The prints were not coming out as consistent as I wanted (not sure why, that's a problem for another day) but I liked this one.
Since I was having such trouble getting good ink coverage, I decided to play with the inking and modify the block before printing. It looks a bit like an homage to Vincent Van Gogh.
I love the depth in the sky and the good dark tones I got in the foreground.
I will continue to experiment with different ink colors and texture in the sky--maybe even some hand-coloring.