About Laurel Macdonald
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I started doing linocuts because they fit into my lifestyle. I love the whole process. First, I draw the radish, garlic, poppy pod, etc., onto the linoleum. Then, I cut it out. All of this I can do at my kitchen table.
Then, I ink up my linocut with an oil-based ink, put a thick Italian paper over it, and put it through the small press that is out in the shed. That's the whole process. Sometimes, I go back over the image with watercolor, but I love a simple black and white image.
My imagery is usually about nature because that's my life. I grew up on a farm, and I live on one now. My sense of rootedness and well-being derive from this attachment to the soil I work with.