The labor-intensive process of mokuhanga (woodprint) brings order to the chaos of creative energy. To move from the inspiration of the sketch to the mechanics of the print requires thoughtful organization of color and space. My initial step when making a woodcut is one of simplification as I work to strip the subject matter down to its essence. The subject matter itself may vary, but its source is never far from my daily interaction with nature.
I love making woodblock prints! In the words of late printmaker, Shikou Munakata...
Love that is absolute
Surprise of each moment
Joy that cannot be diminished
Sadness which cannot be dissipated
Such is Hanga! by Shikou Munakata