One of the main characteristics of Hiroshige's work is the use of colour and the complex gradients achieved by the printers. This has challenged me in my own practice. On the whole I prefer to work with limited palettes and monochromes. They work well as layers and avoid looking coloured in. I do not know exactly how I will approach colour but I am interested in keeping the complexity of colour: number of different colours, but using a more muted palette. Some of Hiroshige's work does this, such as Kinryuzan Temple. There is an evident contrast between the cold winter landscape and the interior trappings but it is comparatively understated in its use of colour. Because of my use of engraving as the main or key block in my own prints, I could have a lot more black in my work. Dare I use flat colour without details? One element I will take from this print is the contrast against a muted background. The leaves, scattered around the base of my first image will provide that contrast.
Printmaker on a mission. 100 + prints of Brum inspired by Hiroshige.