The large woodblock of Bishop's Chapel is pretty much done. Just a few color accents and on to framing. There was a debate as what to do in the foreground. One opinion was to add details under the rocks lining the walk and the other opinion was to go for a solid color to edge the rocks and push the step shadows.
I was nervous about registering the dark linework that would accent the rocks. The paper I was using is machine made an d somewhat thick. So when it gets damp, it expands which is normally ok but this was expanding unevenly. I thought I was dampening the paper unevenly, but no, the paper just seemed to have a mind of its own.
So I chose the solid color printed as a gradation on the steps and under the rocks. I am actually pleased I chose this route as I think it makes for a stronger image. Suddenly, the hollyhocks seemed to be grounded and not look as if they were floating. The gradation also makes the hollyhocks stand out.
Now to print just a few color accents and then it is finally done after a solid month of work.