Welcome to Shimizu Woodcuts!

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


       Lynita Shimizu

   What's Happening:
Artists' Open Studios
November 27, 28, 29 & December 5, 6, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hot off the press!
Joy in the Mountains
Do you see it? Actually I don't want you to see "it" at first glance. Maybe it... (read more)
G. B. Heron
As in, Great Blue Heron! (read more)

I'm taking a year off from printmaking to work on another big project. Meanwhile, here are two old prints that are new to the website:

Buds Burst
Designed to illustrate a Haiku by Onitsura. (read more)
Flowers: Dusk to Dawn
Our 1982 New Years card was a much smaller version of this print and was entitled, "From Three to Four". Our second son was... (read more)


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