I am an artist who grew up in the Canadian west in a city called Calgary, Alberta (most famous for the Calgary Stampede, and now a city of over a million people). My art has certainly been informed by living in the west: wide open spaces and the inspiration of being very close to nature.
In 2009, my family moved about a hour west of Calgary to Canmore – right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We are blessed to be in this awe-inspiring environment, and in a place that is full of artists and creative talent.
While my art journey has been long and winding – exploring many mediums including drawing, painting, watercolor, collage and wood carving – when I picked up my carving tools and applied them to carving my first relief print, I somehow knew I was home.
From a very young age I have been interested in printmaking, although I didn’t always know that’s what it was called. The first time I picked up a book illustrated by British artist John Tenniel, I was hooked. Maybe you know it? “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is a magical book, not only for the story, but for those wonderful wood engraving illustrations.
Although printmaking is a broad field – from etching, wood engraving, monoprinting, and more – my art practice is done primarily using relief printmaking. Simply put, I carve artwork into a flat block, then ink the artwork with a roller, lay paper over the art, rub gently and transfer the artwork image onto the paper.
It’s an ancient art form that dates back many hundreds of years when woodcuts were created to make illustrations for some of the earliest books. I love practicing this art form particularly because of its ancient and traditional processes.
Today, my artwork is created in Canmore, Alberta in the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains. All of my artwork is printed by hand (without a printing press) and I make a small number of prints from one original (I like to call them “multiple originals”). My limited edition print runs are typically 30 prints or less, and all are numbered and hand-signed.
For more information about my limited edition prints and how they are made, you may want to start on this blog about why my hand-printed art prints are not your “typical print”. To see my art for sale, visit my website: https://www.lindacote.ca/store.
If you are interested in seeing me creating in my studio, you can also check out the printmaking videos on my YouTube channel.
I love the creative process, and especially sharing it with others. It is my hope that you will read this blog and learn something new, find inspiration here and sometimes just giggle with me about the weird and wonderful creative process. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you! And, thanks for dropping by.
Thanks a lot for your follow Linda. I follow you and your work With interest. If you are planning a tour to Spain I’ll be your prívate guide in Madrid. Take care of yourself and have a good night!
Thanks for your comment! I love your blog’s tours of Madrid and beautiful art from my home! I have many friends who have visited Spain and love it, and it’s on our “some day”‘ travel list for sure! Take care!
Thanks for the mention on Twitter today. Also, I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Click the link for details if you’re interested.
Thanks so much, Drew. I really appreciate it! I love your blog as well, and happy to recommend you through Twitter, too! I will definitely check this out. Hope you’re enjoying the new job!
Hi Linda, Thanks for liking ¡Alegria! The Joy of Spanish Living. I’ve returned your like with a follow. Interesting that you should be a printmaker, as is my wife, Maureen (http://printmakingcoursesinspain.com.) Enjoyed your blog (though I confess a debility for Canadians.) Keep on keepin’ on!
Hi Mike, thanks for following. I’ve enjoyed following your blog, as well! And, I also follow Maureen’s blog, having found it some time ago. Some day I will come to Spain to study printmaking, That would be amazing!
Linda, at the above link I have the Very Inspiring Blogger Award for you if you wish to have it!! Your blog and enthusiasm are inspiring to anyone with artistic dreams. I think the fact that you have become so skilled at an art form most of use don’t see that often, inspires us to experiment and create! You are also a joyful teacher and this shows too.
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!!
Glad you liked the Carole Pearson post, Linda. She’s such a vital and talented person. She and Maureen bonded like soul sisters/art witches in one short week.
What a fantastic opportunity. On my bucket list, too!
Thanks for stopping by and following my blog Linda. It’s a pleasure to read yours. I have a list of new books to read too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
So happy to have found you, as well! Love your poems and your printmaking techniques. Thank you for the follow, too!