Renee Covalucci

Renee Covalucci

Concord, MA
Summer Song: Poppy, Reduction Woodcut
24 x 17

What better way to express nature than by using natural materials? After many years printing color woodcuts, I discovered the natural grain to be a powerful and unparalleled element when compared to what I would create using a knife. I seek soft woods with grain, from which I can envision creating the natural elements of my subject. “Summer Song: Poppy” was made using the reduction process and it involved two printings of green and red inks, which I did simultaneously by selectively rolling onto the single block. This was followed by a layer of red that covered the whole surface of the block and a layer of blue used to neutralize the background and darken the foliage. The black center of the poppy was printed last and it intentionally contains little evidence of wood grain as a way to contrast and compliment the papery quality of the petals.