12" X 9" woodcut
Tom and I went to a Jackie Wilson exhibit of woodcut prints at the Deer Isle Artists Association. It was an astonishing flock of woodcut birds -- owls, crows, cormorants, kingfishers -- carveddcut prints this afternoon on big pine boards -- fully fledged, wide-eyed, sharp-beaked, and ready to fly away from the paper, just like Hokusai's birds. Each print was hand-rubbed with a wooden spoon and printed in warm shades of burnt umber. It was inspirational to see Jackie's work and exciting to meet her. I've learned a lot already this afternoon and I hope to visit Jackie's studio soon. Imagine having such a wonderful woodblock artist living just down the road from me! You can see more of Jackie's feathery woodcuts at the Isalos Gallery.