Dan Miller’s woodblock uses a background block of grey-inked woodgrain to represent fog behind the black silhouettes of a block of trees. Even the black block, though, is printed with the ink sparse enough that the woodgrain shows clearly, making the ground misty, too. He appears to have used a bit of Japanese technique in inking the black block, painting some areas deliberately darker.
If you want to see weather in plain black and white block prints, you aren’t going to get today’s steady grey rain. No, you’re going to get something more dramatic. Here are two wood block prints with weather that really gets your attention. Tadeusz Stefan Zielinski’s storm washes over the landscape in cloudbursts punctuated by the luminous light that strikes down between the thunderheads. Emma Schlangenhausen’s weather is perhaps the most dramatic of all, with her jagged clouds, streaks of rain like lightning, and sweep of the foreground.
Today is good day to stay indoors, here, and this is good art to stay indoors with!
[Pictures: Autumn Drizzle at Kokedera Temple, woodblock print by Shiro Kasamatsu, 1960 (Image from Castle Fine Arts);
Drizzle, reduction woodcut by Zha Sai, 2007 (Image from Davidson Galleries);
Trees and Fog, Maine, woodcut by Dan Miller (Image from live auctioneers);