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Nova Artworks


A big thanks to the Oxford Regional Education Centre Visual Arts in Nova Scotia, Canada for highlighting my woodcuts on their website.  You can check out all of the great things that they do by clicking the link below:


I’ve been printing a lot recently, but not taking many pictures.  Gotta get on that.

Have a great day,


And We’re Back

Alyssa and I flew back to Portland yesterday from Pittsburgh.  Justin and Megan’s wedding was amazing.  Congratulations Justin and Meagan!  I’m so glad I had the chance to be a part of their special day.  Alyssa and I also had the opportunity to spend time with our families and a few friends in the area.  The only thing better would have been a longer trip, because there is never enough time to see everyone.


I do love the city of Pittsburgh.  It was great to be home.  Here is a woodcut I printed based on the post-industrial landscape of the Pittsburgh area.  This piece in particular was inspired by the Carrie Furnace in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Have a great day.

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

Some Things In The Works

I’ve been working on a new reduction print for a few weeks now.  Sorry no process shots, but I didn’t as yet have my rechargeable batteries for my camera.  Now I do.  So far I’ve printed five colors: pale yellow, two shades of orange, a light red and a very light red-violet.  I decided to print many somewhat transparent colors to build up a hopefully grainy and radiating surface.  Helen Frankenthaler  and Toshi Yoshida’s abstract works were my inspiration for this venture.  It seems to be working, I only hope it continues.  I didn’t give a close up shot of the print, because the details have only just begun to become separate from the atmosphere.

I’ve also been planning my next print, which is going to be larger in scale.  It’s another reduction, this time on mMDF board.  I love using MDF for woodcuts.  In fact, most of the woodcuts on my blog are done from MDF.  It’s inexpensive, often I can reclaim it, and it’s thick enough to use both sides.  MDF stands for medium density fiberboard and you can find it anywhere you buy lumber.  It’s basically particle board, and gives a gorgeous flat black print.

Here are some of my prints done from MDF board:

“It’s Easy To Believe”


“It Only Takes A Second To Make An Observation”

I have never attempted a color MDF print, let alone a multi-colored reductive MDF print, so I figure it’s way past time.

The print is much larger scale than the last few, but I always presoak the paper to get a lot of the starch out.

I rigged two runners of fishing line to accommodate the extra weight from the soaked paper.  It still all sagged into one bunch, but that’s okay.  I also cut the registration board  this morning and it’s about 5-6 times the size of the previous ones.  I’m pretty excited.

Have a great day.

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail