In 1915, a group of artists in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA, developed a printmaking techniques known as Provincetown, or 'whiteline', woodblock printing. Artists including Blanche Lazzell and Ferol Sibley Warthen were inspired by the Eastern traditions of the Japanese Ukiyo-e woodcut prints but wanted to use one woodblock to print multiple colours rather than a different block for each colour. This printmaking method brought traditional Eastern techniques together with a more modern Western approach.
While developing work inspired by the Hidden Gardens at Plas Cadnant I am also going to be expanding my knowledge of printmaking by creating work using the Provincetown technique. The image below illustrates the progress of one of my first prints based an image of the Snowdon Lily.
The subtlety of this technique will nicely complement my other drawing, painting and printmaking work associated with flora.
The trumpet centre speaks to me, as if it is calling out for attention - summoning a smile each morning as it is laced with dew drops.