© Elaine van Dyk All Rights Reserved

Woodblock Print
April 2008
Printed on Japanese Awa paper
Size of original print: 20cms x 30 cms

This is a reduction print, which was taken further than this stage, but I wasn’t as happy with the next stage as I am with this one. Only one print remains of this stage.

I am planning to attempt something completely different with what is left of the plate after it was carved out further.


blue, comtemplative, expression, lifedrawing, nude, printmaking, traditional, woodblock, woodblock_print

I simply enjoy the challenges of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. My inspiration is derived from many different sources, but mostly all from places, events and emotions I have actually experienced, and from my family and other people I have met and loved.

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  • artlein
    artleinover 6 years ago

    The various elements come together to create a stunning piece – excellent!

  • artlein, thanks so much for your feedback – much appreciated.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    i agree
    such beautiful form
    creates the feeling of batik with this beautiful deep blue colour

  • Thanks Karin. It’s good to get other people’s perspective on this.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful Elaine, awesome piece, love that rich blue color

  • Thank you so much pinkyjain! It is rather a yummy blue, isn’t it.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 6 years ago

    Whirli wow! This is stunning the lines and the deep blue!

  • Shanina, it’s so good to get your feedback on this. It’s one of those “unpredictable” woodblock prints, where an effect happened that I was not expecting, but that made me really excited when it did happen. Unfortunately I only have one original, never to be repeated as it is a reductive print and most of the plate has now been chiseled away. The other prints are not nearly as interesting as stand-alone images, but I may still do something more with them.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • helene
    heleneover 6 years ago

    Fascinating work whirli

  • Thanks Helene. I’m delighted to get your thoughts on this.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Elaine

  • Hey Sharon, so pleased you like this. Thanks.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    clever artwork, beautifully executed. good colour too

  • You are very kind hilarydougill. I really appreciate your feedback.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful. Reduction prints are so different to all other methods because you get one shot at getting it right. you got this one so right esp the colours.

  • Thank you so much Marion.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • ToniaComposto
    ToniaCompostoover 6 years ago

    Oh my God this is just beautiful!!!!

  • Tonia, I’m really delighted by your response. Many thanks.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

  • Martin Derksema
    Martin Derksemaover 6 years ago

    Wow. This is extremely good. This artwork is as steady as a rock. The beautiful pose, the complicated texturing of the female body, the contrast between light and dark: you brought those lements together in perfect harmony. The psychological dept is fascinating. This must be a very tough process of metomorphosis. The kind of mental change and cleansing that feel like dying and, hopefully, getting reborn again. Her body really looks like a coccoon and she must be exhausted by the inner process that sucks out the energy of her. This art really communicates with the language of the heart.

  • Martin, it’s so rewarding to hear what others derive from what one creates, and for this piece I am particularly seeking the insight of others. Your response to this is fantastic and very much appreciated. I know there are many who experience the psychological metamorphosis you verbalize so aptly, and which I have tried to convey visually.

    – © Elaine van Dyk

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