The Way I See It

New Work: Circle Swirl

I just completed a new drawing called Circle Swirl. It is the first in what I hope will be a small sub-series of my Patterns of Obsession drawings. There are about 3 more preliminary sketches on my studio wall waiting their turn on the drawing board. This Swirl sub-series began with a rather small sketch I did years ago with a Sharpie pen, which I recently photographed. The digital file was then manipulated into several far more complex patterns. The resulting manipulated image was then drawn on paper using graphite pencil, the result of which you see below.

In the next month or two, Circle Swirl will be converted into a laser-cut linocut at Santo Press. It will be printed in several editions with variations of color in an 8″ square format. Additionally, I plan to hand-cut a large linoleum block (16″ square) which will also be printed at Santo Press. Thank God for Brent Bond! He doesn’t know it yet, but I want to use a rainbow roll behind the patterned image similar to the 2 editions we collaborated on in 2015;  Leaf Stripes (Dark) & Leaf Stripes (Light) .

As you can see, I’ve got big plans!

Circle SwirlCircle Swirl, 2016, graphite on paper, 16″ x 16″ on Stonehenge paper 22″ x 22″

Circle Swirl (detail)Circle Swirl (detail)


  1. Wendy Willis
    May 15, 2016 - Reply

    Can’t wait to see it printed in color. Love the blended roll idea. Love relief printmaking (and Santo Press)!

    • May 16, 2016

      I have to carve the big linoleum block and that might take me a month or so–but the smaller prints are on Brent’s schedule. So soon…

  2. Wendy Willis
    May 15, 2016 - Reply

    Can’t wait to see this one in color! Blended rolls will look really cool. Love relief printmaking (and Santo Press)!

  3. Rella Zoe Kaplan
    May 15, 2016 - Reply

    Gorgeous Janet!! I just adore all of your new work! Love the graphite drawings, and am looking forward to the future colored prints!

    • May 16, 2016

      Thanks, Rella! I’m excited by this whole series. Will post the prints when they are completed so you can see them.

  4. Nancy Reinker
    May 15, 2016 - Reply

    Janet, remember I mentioned :

    The Center for Contemporary Printmaking

    Norwalk, CT.

    You might like to check it out.

    • May 16, 2016

      Thanks, Nancy! I will check it out.

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