Mary Azarian Woodcuts

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Prints 2

On this page you will find Cottage Garden and Farm & Field series.
These represent a more casual approach than “art” prints. I use simple subjects and often include words as part of the print. These are open edition prints. Many of the blocks have been printed hundreds of times and the hand painting is fairly simple.


Cottage Garden

Sunflowers
$74
Rose
$74
Narcissus
$74
Waterlily
$74
Poppy
$74
Iris
$74
Nasturtium
$74

Lily
$74
Hollyhock
$74
 
Gardener's Spring
$74
Gardener's Summer
$74
Gardener's Autumn
$74
Gardener's Winter
$74

Farm and Field

Spring

As the long Vermont winter begins to loosen its grip, the first hesitant signs of SPRING are thrilling. The maple sap starts to flow and the sugarhouses billow sweet clouds as the sap boils down to syrup and sugar. Sugaring season arrives just in time to banish cabin fever.

Of course, there’s also Mud Season, with ruts so deep dirt roads may become impassible. The first snowdrops appear, then crocuses and daffodils and the greenest grass you can imagine.

The snow recedes to lace at the throat of the woods and gardening season begins.

Gathering Sweet Spring $125
Scavengers $150
Little Blue Wheelbarrow $45
Orchard Spring $125
The Triumph of Technology $200
     
 

Summer

Sweet, long awaited, too brief: SUMMER is the garden, pure and simple.
The woodcuts I feel inspired to make during the summer come directly from the gardens that surround my home.

Cottage Herb Garden
$60
Garden Path
$125
The House by
the Pond
$125
From the Cutting Garden
$225
The Painted Garden
$225
Garden Chair
$45
 
White Colander
$135
Dragonfly
$125
Summer Bouquet
$125
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
$45
 

Now the Day is Over
This print is the cover illustration for From Dawn to Dusk by Natalie Kinsey Warnock. A simple house and barn against summer hills, this woodcut lends itself to extensive hand painting to set the mood and time of day.

The title is based on the old hymn “Now the Day is Over”.

Now the day is over, Night is drawing nigh.
Shadows of the evening steal across the sky.

I vary the time of day from twilight to the dark of night. Using the minimal woodcut as a base, the sky, with its changing clouds, moon, or stars becomes the focus of the painted print. Each version is unique.

Hazy, Hot and Humid is a daytime variation of the same print.

Now the Day is Over
$300
Hazy Hot & Humid
$250
 
 

Autumn

AUTUMN is harvest time. The days shorten, the evenings are cold enough to demand a fire in the woodstove, and much needs to be done before winter comes: tomatoes to be canned, apples picked for applesauce and storage in the root cellar, as well as carrots, potatoes, rutabagas and much more to be dug and sorted and hauled to the cellar.

The brilliant colors of autumn call for a rambling afternoon exploring the maze of dirt roads that are still common in Vermont, probably ending with supper at a small inn. But after the leaves are gone, the true beauty of the land becomes visible. No longer muffled by greenery, the bones of the land, the subtle tans and grays of the withering grasses and the purples and browns of the woods punctuated by green-black spruce take center stage.

 
Abundant Garden
$100
Vegetable Soup
$125
Tribute to Garlic
$67
Afternoon Tea
$125
Harvest of Vegetables
$125
From the Kitchen Garden
$225
 

 

Winter

WINTER, lasting as long as Spring and Autumn combined, is my favorite season. The frenzy of gardening season is over and the time to dream by the fire has arrived.

This is the season when I design new prints and plan extravagant gardens (without having to do the actual work).

If it’s not below zero, I take long walks with the old dog or ski across the fields and through the woods. Moonlight on the snow is so bright that a midnight walk is irresistible. The patterns of black trees against white snow are like living woodcuts.

It’s no wonder that the majority of my prints are set in winter.

Silent Night
$125
Garden Tiger
$60
 
 
 
Reading in Bed
$67
Bringing in the Tree
$125
Another Winter for the
Old Apple Tree
$135
Moonlight Crossing
$125

 
 
Cottage Garden In Winter
$125
My Winter Friends
$125
End of a Perfect Day Sledding
$125
The Best Part of the Day
$200

 
 

Berry Bandits
$200

Snow Day...School Closed
$125
Paperwhites
$125

 

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