Here we have the completed 4-color reduction linocut "Loon in Maroon" (2015). A remake of an original woodcut made in 2013.
Clearly I've made some strides forward. I learned a lot on this print, and I'm ready to get working on some original stuff after solving a few issues that arose in the printing.
I'm tempted to go back through my entire catalog and redo prints that failed as woodcuts. But what fun is that? Gotta move ahead.
So, of Maroon. I have a link on an earlier post that will take you to a video made for Ken Nordine's "Maroon" on Youtube. You may think you don't know Mr. Nordine, now in his 90s, but you do. He's a well-known voiceover artist, and you've heard him on plenty of commercials. He inspired Tom Waits to begin adding spoken word tracks to his albums, and they have worked together.
His album "Colors" is mindblowing; it actually began as a series of radio spots for a paint company. Here is the poem in its entirety:
'Think of the times, the number of times, that you can make rhymes with that friend - maroon
There's the month of June - maroon
There's a singers croon - maroon
As she sings a tune - maroon
To an orange moon - maroon
Like a crazy loon - maroon
Please say prune - maroon
With a silver spoon - maroon
How high is noon? - maroon
Tell me soon, tell me soon, tell me soon, tell me soon
No telling the times, the number of rhymes, that we can make with our friend maroon
Platoon, cartoon, monsoon, lampoon, spitoon, baboon, octoroon, macaroon, baffoon, afternoon, opportune, pantaloon, immune.
Yeah, there's so many rhymes for good old maroon
I'm sure if you try you can think of a few that have slipped me by
See what you can rhyme with maroon
Do it soon, do it soon, do it soon'
------Ken Nordine, "Maroon."