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"in the shade",
blockprints by Keith J. Hampton

The images on these pages are from the Oct. 2003 show at it'sALLart gallery.

Many of the plants shown here are indigenous to Indiana and it is my hope to bring some awareness to them through my art. The rate that land is being destroyed for development does not take into consideration the fragile environment that these plants need to exist. Even light "forest management", the practice of culling trees for "better forests" can help wipe out many species. Until 170 years ago, the forests had managed themselves for thousands of years without our help. Thanks to "managing" them, we've relegated many plants to the "extinct" category. There are very few Lady Slipper or Maidenhair Fern still left in Indiana, for example.

Please help protect our wild spaces.

These prints are created using a process that has existed since 750 BC. The materials are modern, but the method is essentially the same: A drawing is transferred to a block of material and carved out. Ink is applied either directly to the block or to a flat surface and transferred to the block. The block is then pressed to the paper and the resulting print is revealed. I work with a variety of backgrounds and textures to add interest to the prints, layering several blocks in many cases. I also work into the prints with tinting mediums in some cases to bring out details.

Each blockprint is one-of-a-kind.
This is NOT a numbered edition of litho prints.

I hope you enjoy these prints! Please email it'sALLart at the link above to inquire about purchasing any of these artpieces. Click on any picture below to see it larger. If you see a print that you are interested in but it has sold, keep in mind that I can make another one, but it will have different qualities and possibly different framing since I use "found" frames in many cases. Each one unique since this is a "by-hand" process.

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