Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Black Bear Fine Art

When I was a child, we spent a week during each summer in Ogunquit, Maine. I enjoyed the sun, the beach, and the seafood, but wasn't such a big fan of browsing the shops back then. Now, when we visit family in New Hampshire during the summer, we usually try to spend at least a day in Ogunquit. This fall, we walked the Marginal Way from Ogunquit Beach to Perkins Cove, had lunch, and wandered around the galleries and shops there. We walked back into town via Shore Road and stumbled upon Black Bear Fine Art.

Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine, reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett

Printmaker, Don Gorvett, was in the gallery and showed us the huge wood block he was carving and his press. His work is beautiful and quite large: most are at least 20" x 30".

Drawbridge, Perkins Cove, reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett

The subjects are familiar to me from living and vacationing the area. You can almost smell the sea air in many of them. His work is further inspiration to incorporate color into my prints and to try carving larger blocks.

Wentworth-by-the-Sea, Newcastle, NH, reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett
(All images are from Black Bear Fine Art and are the works of Don Gorvett. Be sure to check out his website for more prints. The works featured on Inspiration Monday are those that I enjoy and I have not been compensated in any way to include them on my blog.)

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