Rhythm, Repetition and Verse, Recent Prints, Drawings, and Artistís Books by Diane Fine
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I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
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With an unswerving commitment to artistic authenticity, Fine takes on graphically and technologically complicated challenges. Using a variety of media and techniques, often within a single work, Fine pushes her images to the edge of their compositional possibilities. An example of the technical prowess required to produce just one type of print is found in a linocut such as Fern. To make a linocut, a printmaker first draws an image on a linoleum block. In the particular instance of creating the print Fern, Diane Fine painstakingly cuts away the linoleum around the leaves and stems with a gouging tool.
Hive, monoprint, 20 x 20 inches, 2009 Hive, monoprint, 20 x 20 inches, 2009

Those areas that remain level with the linoleum blockís surface will appear as colored areas on the final print. The careful decisions about which pictorial elements not to cut away, and thus to receive ink, even include judgments about how many small peripheral lines to incorporate that will appear dark against the white background. Fine creates a template and places it on the press to act as a guide for proper placement of the block. She mixes printing inks to achieve the colors that she wants, and passes a roller through the ink and then over the raised forms on the block, taking care not to use too much or too little ink. She puts the block on the template carefully to avoid smearing, places the paper she has chosen against the block, rolls the inked block and paper through the press, and pulls the print, which is a mirror image of the image on the block. Once the ink on the plant image is dry, she creates her own ďstamp padĒ out of red printerís ink that she mixes for the berry-circles, covers her rubber stamp with it, and stamps the print in exactly the locations that she has chosen for the berries. She can then produce as few or as many copies of the print as she chooses, using either commercial rubber stamps or stamps that she, herself, has carved, and using the same or different color combinations.

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