Artwork for The Comedy of Errors

Karen Macauley created original linoleum block fine art prints for our poster and program art. There may be some originals available for purchase from Karen.

Get your tickets for both The Comedy of Errors and Red Velvet, playing August 9-14 at The Historic Hoover Theatre: http://www.youthshakes.org/now-playing/

The Merchant of Venice – Original Art

The Merchant of Venice.

I’m excited about these new gouges. They require a different carving technique, but I hope that overall it will take pressure off my aching elbows. These are handmade tools, and they swing out to allow the blade to be changed. They are cool. Cool as bowties. Cooler.

I’m all ready to start printing The Merchant of Venice print.

I thought I would keep the image hidden and let it be revealed as I go along.

This print will be a challenge for me because it has a combination of warm and cool colors. This will require deep thoughts in order to come out with a successful print. There will be times when I need to layer a warm color over and cool color, or vice versa. That means taking into account the transparency of the ink. It will be a puzzle, and I will have to go slowly and methodically in spite of the deadline.

And did I mention that we are also in the midst of building four websites? Yeah. That.

I am using new paper that is stiffer than what I’m used to printing on. My hope is that, even if it takes more pressure to print, the image will be more defined. The paper I normally use is fairly thin, and tends to drop down a bit, making for a muddier image. Hopefully I made a good call on this paper.
Karen Macauley

Eleventh color

Karen is still working on the original Romeo & Juliet prints.

Color number 11 is the lowest part of the sky. I used a stencil to ink this. The layers of blue are getting quite thick, and I thought it would be best to selectively ink.

Next up is a lot of carving and some vivid blue. I will enjoy the next color the most because it will add definition to those parts that lack detail, and will also complete those places that are undone. But, I have to take a break in spite of my eagerness to to press on. Design projects demand my attention.

Romeo & Juliet sketch

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Romeo & Juliet original artwork sketch! Next step is carving and printing the final artwork.

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
– Act 1, Scene 5

Follow the progress from Sketch to Fine Art Print HERE

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