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We will get through this together-linocut

My latest linocut!

This will be a greeting card to share with friends and family who might feel alone right now.

i assume all kentuckians know where this phrase comes from. for those who don’t, every day, our governor addresses the state for an update re: covid 19. He always starts saying this, then encourages us to say it together. his demeanor and team spirit has calmed me down on more than a few moments during this anxious time.

I know that a lot of people are experiencing economic insecurity right now, and would enjoy this image, but can’t buy a card right now. I would NEVER encourage digital printing of a hand printed work of art, but these are serious times. If you would like to download a high resolution copy of this art to print and share (for personal use only) follow this link.

https://www.kenswinson.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/GetThroughThisTogether.jpg

Below is the step by step process:
A rough sketch for today’s linocut. This will be a greeting card to share with friends and family who might feel alone right now.

sketch of birds and text: we will get through this together

 I used my iPad to do some fine tuning on my design. Now I’m ready to transfer it to a block for carving.

ipad layout of birds with text: we will get through this together
design on linoleum block-ready to carve
design transferred, and ready to carve!
starting to carve a linoleum block print

Carving. I included my finger in the photo to give you a sense of details and scale. I’ve been carving a lot of wood lately, compared to it, the limo cuts lite butter!

half carved linoleum block print with hand in beside it
a little bit over 1/3 done
linoleum block print work in progress with governors speech being played on a cell phone
YOU ALL KNOW NOT TO TRY CALLING ME BETWEEN 5 AND 6 PM. carving during the governors update
carved block of linoleum- birds with text: we will get through this together
Carving Done! Time To Print!

multi colored woodcut with text: we will get through this together
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Dust Bunny and Laundry Bunny Woodcuts

I havent left my house since thursday, and im watching the news more than i should…i can tell its causing me to be anxious, but i cant stop watching. Thought some spring cleaning would be a positive way to keep myself busy. Just finished carving this dust bunny woodcut. Will probably walk down to the cabin and print it later on. Hope you all are doing well!

woodcot of bunny rabbit swieeping with a broom

i try to avoid actually DOING chores whenever i can, so i started another chore bunny. Laundry!!

2 woodcut works in progress a bunny sweeping another hanging laundry on the line
a carved woodcut of a bunny rabbit hanging laundry on the line
The Laundry bunny, carved and ready for ink!

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US ROUTE 62 Zine- DECEMBER

US ROUTE 62 Zine- DECEMBER

I just published the DECEMBER editon of my US ROUTE 62 Zine! Giving myself a monthly *deadline* has been a good motivator–to make sure I keep moving forward with the project. As we all know, if you wait for the perfect time, that never happens.

If you’d like your own copy of the zine, You can pick up a free copy at the Log Cabin Print Shop or Pendleton Art Center. I’m also including a copy with all my online orders.

If you want me to mail one to you, just mail a one dollar bill (to cover the cost of envelope and stamp) to: Ken Swinson, PO Box 84, Old Washington, KY 41096

Hope you enjoy it, and have a happy holidays!