River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

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(posted on 28 May 2016)

My 3x5" linocut "Gone To Seed" celebrates the Dandelion, a hardy medicinal plant with a bright and early bloom our bees rely on after wintering.I've always loved bright cheery dandelions and remember as a kid blowing on their fragile gone to seed halos. In support of bees, the environment and our own health, I'm delighted we're no longer spraying herbicides to eradicate these hardy enduring plants. I chuckled when I saw my neighbors lawn this morning as they certainly have a bumper crop gone to seed! And they mowed just 3 days ago! That being said, we've ordered some white clover seed to spread on our lawn - offering biodiversity and a bit of competition to our cheery yellow headed friends...!! Also the jack rabbits running wild around here will love eating the clover. Hopefully some great photo opportunities will result and inspire yet another linocut!

This artwork was created by block printing with a linocut onto dampened paper and run through a press to achieve an embossed effect. Block printing is an ancient printing technique where the artist carves a design into a solid block of material (such as wood, lino or styrofoam) much like a stamp. Once the design is complete, the block is inked with a roller and the block is then applied to paper, fabric or other surfaces. The carved areas will not show in the final product, while the raised portions left behind will print.