However Rizzie made these, I like the idea of layering pattern on pattern. I like how sometimes the black shapes and lines echo or emphasize the shapes and lines in the background, and how sometimes they cut across and complement each other. I like how the scale of the background is bigger and bolder than the scale of the black. This is another idea that I might like to experiment with some time myself. This could also be another possible idea for this summer’s printmaking classes I’ll be teaching.
As for Rizzie’s three color variations, I think the texture is clearest on the blue and green, but even so I like the yellow best, because it’s so cheerful and bright.
[Pictures: Blackberry Thieves II (yellow), Blackberry Thieves I and III (green, blue), color woodcuts with chine collé by Dan Rizzie (Images from the Cleveland Museum of Art).]