Printmaking: Linocuts on Paper.
This is another resurrection of an old image, this time from 1996 during my "drawing in the dark" period. I couldn't afford models so I used to sit in the topless bars and sketch the dancers, then try to decipher what I had drawn when I got home. I did a traditional linocut of this image, but while working on my studio catalog recently I discovered the original drawing ... and noticed that what Rita was doing with her hands was different from the print. I must have overlooked it when I cut the block. (See extra images.) So, since I was waiting for the ink to dry on my edition of "Vapor Trails" and had nothing else to do, I decided to make a new print of "Rita" in my new linocut method, correcting the hands.
I developed what I like to call "the Criswell linocut" in 1999. It's described in detail on my website, but the two most important things about these prints are (1) that I cut the designs with a drypoint needle and (2) that I print the dark color first and the light color second. For this print I did something I've never done before: I added a red glaze.
"Rita" is a 3-color linocut, image 5 x 7 inches, sheet 9 x 11 inches. It can be shipped unmounted or matted, I suggest matted.
Keywords: stripper, watchers, pole dancer, topless bar, ulysses at circe's, drawing in the dark