Melissa’s Camino de Santiago Prints

Melissa has a show up in Sacramento at the moment (although it’s coming down next week—I am not as timely as I ought to be) featuring the prints inspired by her hike across northern Spain last fall along the medieval pilgrim trail, the Camino de Santiago. It’s at Butch ‘n Nellie’s Cafe, in case you want to drop by this weekend.
Art and customers at Butch 'n' Nellie's
While I enjoy all of Melissa’s work, these prints are something special.

She worked on them for the better part of a year, and I had the pleasure of watching them come into existence one-by-one.
Second Saturday at Butch 'n' Nellie's
I also got to suffer along with Melissa as she experimented with different inks and papers, looking for the perfect medium. Carving the block is only the start of the work. Then one has to learn each block’s particular whims and whiles—how it wants to be fed into the press; which spots need heavy inking, which need light; how often it is willing to be printed before it wants a nice, sudsy bath and some time off.

If you go here you can look through all the prints in this series.

I’m also both delighted and saddened that she recently sold one of my favorite paintings, Grace of Summer Boughs. In a selfish corner of my heart I almost hoped that no-one else would recognize how lovely this piece is, so that we would still have it to hang in the home we plan to buy together when we retire.

Paintings are a lot like knitting in that way—you watch them emerge, drink in their beauty, then send them off into the world knowing that you may never see them again and hoping that they’ll be loved.

November 30 2007 06:55 pm | Art

3 Responses to “Melissa’s Camino de Santiago Prints”

  1. ellen Strauss on 30 Nov 2007 at 9:34 pm #

    I enjoyed all the prints in the Camino series. Of the landscapes I prefer Winter Storm and Eucalyptus Hill (which reminds me of Australia).

  2. clarabelle on 01 Dec 2007 at 2:02 am #

    Melissa’s prints are fantastic! I really like them all, but I particularly like ‘Entering Castrojeriz’. The theme of ‘the journey’ is just so seductive. I wish I could see the show for real!

  3. Laura on 08 Dec 2007 at 7:03 am #

    Someday before I leave this earth my goal is to have a piece of real artwork hanging in my home. I hope it is one of these.

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