River Trees - Early Spring by Brian McCormick
Image size: 28.5 x 5.75"
Framed size: 34.5 x 12.25 x 1”
This watercolor was painted by Brian McCormick of Madison, Wisconsin.
The Yahara River runs between two lakes not far from my house. In spring the Red Osier Dogwood stems turn bright and make a pink haze in certain lights.
Brian McCormick left a career in architecture and began creating art full-time in 2008. His works are inspired by nature, particularly of the rolling hills of the Driftless Region. While Brian has always been drawn to watercolor, he recently began making woodblock prints.
Using wood scraps, he carves out a design, creating a relief printing block. He then inks the block, press paper against it, and rub the back using a "baren". Brian dreams of having a beautiful Japanese baren but for now, he uses an old wood cabinet knob as his baren.