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Original Linoleum Cut Art Prints by Peggy Woods

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Linocut of Trube House in Galveston, Texas

Linocut of Trube House in Galveston, Texas

Linocuts

Original Linoleum Cut Art Prints—a.k.a. linocuts—are forms of relief printing or printing from a raised surface. Woodcuts, wood engravings and collagraphs are other examples of this medium.

The Chinese first produced woodcuts in the ninth century. Printmaking in this form came to Europe as it emerged from the Middle Ages and began the Renaissance in the early 1400s. Linoleum—a softer carving medium—was invented in England in 1863.

To create a linocut the artist must decide upon the subject matter and then draw the image onto a piece of linoleum which is often attached to a wooden block. This becomes the template for the final piece of art. For visual accuracy consideration must be given while drawing the original because images are reversed when printed.

Linocut titled "Ben" created by Peggy Woods

Linocut titled "Ben" created by Peggy Woods

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.

— Winston Churchill

Process of Creating a Linocut

With sharp gouging tools the artist carefully carves into the linoleum removing what will ultimately become the white of the image. What is left untouched becomes the black or colored part of the image.

A slip during this process creates a line and the part removed becomes a permanent element in the final product. If too much is removed the only recourse is to start over with a new piece of linoleum and hope for a steadier hand.

Several artist proofs are produced during the carving process to see how the image is progressing and determine whether additional carving is needed. When satisfied the artist can proceed to the final printing of the edition.

Linocut of Angel created by Peggy Woods

Linocut of Angel created by Peggy Woods

An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision.

— St. Thomas Aquinas

Printing a Linocut

To print a linoleum block a roller is used to apply a thin and even coat of ink to the surface. If too much ink is applied the thin lines and crevices fill in and cannot be seen in the piece of art. If too little ink is applied too much of the paper shows through the final product. Waste of paper and ink is unavoidable.

After inking and pressing the acid free paper onto the linoleum the print must be allowed to dry. This can take days depending upon whether water, rubber or oil based ink is used.

There are subtle and sometimes noticeable differences in each print as it is nearly impossible to always ink, press and get the exact same results from copy to copy. This is what makes each print an original.

The method of pressing the paper onto the linoleum can be as simple as using the back of a wooden spoon or a brayer to roll and imprint the paper with the inked surface. I have been fortunate to be able to use a 100+ year old printing press at the Printing Museum in Houston to print the majority of my linocuts.

Only acceptable prints are signed and numbered by the artist. A Documentation sheet attesting to the authenticity accompanies all Original Linoleum Cut Art Prints by Peggy Woods.

Documentation Sheet Descriptions of Galveston Images

  • Trube House is viewed at the top of this page. "Noted architect Alfred Muller designed many buildings in Galveston, Texas and one of the most important houses that survived the famous hurricane of 1900 is the Trube House built in 1890. It is an interesting blend of Gothic and Moorish styling and adds significantly to the historic structures in this city known for distinctive edifices."
  • Historic Galveston Church "This is the second reincarnation of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on this site in Galveston, Texas. It was built in 1904 and the Onion Dome added in 1912. The first church was destroyed along with much of the city in the Great Storm of 1900. Its Moorish design is modeled after the Grand Synagogue of Toledo, Spain."
  • Eaton Memorial Chapel "This beautiful chapel was designed by architect Nicholas Clayton in a Gothic Revival Style and was dedicated in 1882 as a memorial to the founding rector, Reverend Benjamin Eaton. A native of Ireland, Nicholas Clayton opened his own architectural firm in Galveston, Texas in the 1870s and became a major influence in the distinctive style of that city's historic structures."
  • St. Patrick Church "Named after the Patron Saint of Ireland by its mostly Irish congregation, this Gothic structure, completed in 1877, was designed by noted architect and church member Nicholas Clayton. After the "Storm of the Century" in 1900 the building was raised five feet higher to meet new criteria for Galveston mandated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. St. Patrick Catholic Church is listed by the Texas Historical Commission and continues its role as an active parish."
  • Trueheart-Adriance Building "This historic structure in the Strand area of Galveston was designed by noted architect Nicholas J. Clayton; built in 1882 and housed the first chartered Realty Firm in Texas. The "Neo Renaissance, High Victorian" styled building is now occupied by the Junior League of Galveston."
  • Elissa's Figurehead "Galveston, Texas provides a home berth to the Elissa, a tall sailing ship, which began its life in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1877. the Elissa carried cargoes around the world for over 90 years. Preserved and operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation with the help of numerous volunteers, she has been named a National Historic Landmark and can be seen at the Texas Seaport Museum. I chose to focus attention on Elissa's figurehead with the creation of this particular print."
  • Old Red "UTMB, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, is graced with this beautiful landmark building completed in 1890. Noted architect Nicholas Clayton designed it in a Romanesque Revival style. Old Red, on the National Register of Historic Places, derives its name from the Texas red granite, sandstone and red pressed brick utilized in constructing this oldest medical building in Texas. With the exception of its original roof, the main structure survived the devastating hurricane of 1900. Old Red continues to serve medical students, faculty, staff and visitors with an architectural grandeur in a city filled with numerous historic and notable structures."
  • Bishop's Palace "Designed by noted architect Nicholas J. Clayton for the family of Walter Gresham, a former Confederate colonel, attorney and legislator, this castle was completed in 1893 at a cost of $250,000 and is ranked among the top 100 homes in the nation for its architectural significance. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Constructed from native Texas granite, white limestone and red sandstone, its interior features rare rosewood, satinwood and white mahogany. The ornate wooden staircase took 7 years of work by 61 craftsmen to complete. Fireplaces from all over the world are showcased and the mantle in the ballroom won 1st place at the Philadelphia's World's Fair in 1876.

Purchased by the Catholic diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1923 to serve as a home for bishops of the archdiocese, the mansion is now open to the public. It is located at 1402 Broadway in Galveston, Texas on a boulevard lined with numerous other opulent and important structures."


Documentation Sheet Descriptions of Places in San Antonio

  • The Alamo "The Alamo...memorialized in legend, glamorized in film and glorified in song and verse...was established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero. In 1836 the building became a fortress for the Texas army leading to a famous 13 day siege by overwhelming Mexican forces. Today it is known as the "Shrine of Texas Liberty" and is the most visited tourist site in the state."
  • Los Patios "This delightful place is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is situated along the Salado Creek in the northeast part of the city. Originally started as a gardening nursery, the beautiful oak tree adorned grounds now have restaurants and shops to interest a variety of tastes. White and black swans glide down the waterway and the verdant surroundings are also festooned with the sightings and sounds of peacocks as well as other birds. This particular print originates from a picture that I took of The Galleria with its historic window that was once the entrance to the Old Katy Railroad Depot in San Antonio. It was moved to its present location in 1968."
  • Angels on High "Angels adorn the steeple high atop the chapel at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas. One can imagine them trumpeting the announcement of numerous gatherings and events. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word originally went to San Antonio in 1869 to assist with a cholera epidemic. They stayed to help homeless children, establish the city's first hospital and teach. In 1881 a charter to establish schools was received from the State of Texas. The Academy of the Incarnate Word added college classes in 1909 and was recognized as a fully accredited university in 1996." (A few hand colored 1/1 limited edition Angels on High linocuts have also been created.)
  • Classically Adorned "Stylized columns such as these are indicative of elegant homes around the world where beauty is combined with the function of structural support. This original linocut was inspired by viewing an attractive home near the historic King William District of San Antonio, Texas."

Documentation Sheet Descriptions of Places in Germany

  • Herrenberg, Germany "This is a street scene in the old medieval town of Herrenberg in the southern region of Germany. This happens to be the birthplace of an old friend of mine dating from our former working days as operating room nurses at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. The baroque domed building in the background is the Collegiate Church that Martha attends and it is over 700 years old. It houses an important bell collection in its tower. The town is ancient by our standards and so very charming to experience."
  • St. Blasien "In 1997 I traveled to Germany to visit a long-time friend of mine. We met each other when we were fellow operating room nurses at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Martha was able to show me many beautiful sights including the town of St. Blasien. A huge domed former Benedictine Abbey dominates the landscape of this small town in the southern region of Germany. This building with the winged creature atop its roof drew my interest."
  • Fortress Marienberg Passageway "While visiting Wurzburg, Germany with an old friend of mine, we took a bus ride over the Main River and up the hill to the Fortress Marienberg. It was a fortified retreat around 1000 B.C. and has since served various purposes such as a church, fortified castle and Renaissance palace. Now it dominates the landscape and serves as a museum with collections of art, an armory, etc. I thought that this passageway between buildings was interesting subject matter for my camera and now my linoleum block art prints."

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

— Galileo

Grape Print Documentation Sheets

For my linocut documentation sheets I used appropriate quotes for my grape prints. Each of my On the Vine linocuts I chose to hand color. In some cases I also hand colored some of the smaller grape images.

The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.

— Thomas Love Peacock

I have had some fun creating images of birds and animals. Some of the linocut images were inspired by family pets. In the poll below the linocut of "Ben" is the second image at the top of this page.

Video of Relief Printmaking which Applies to Woodcuts as well as Linocuts

Sources:

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can you tell me anything about your piece "gathering at gracewood"? It was given to us.

Answer: After visiting Gracewood with my neighbor who does volunteer work there, I created that linocut and donated a limited edition of them for their use however they wanted to use them. I believe they intended to give them out to their donors or volunteers who contributed the most to that charity.

Question: Is the linoleum cut print process much different from just using wooden blocks to carve as prints? Do the prints come out looking qualitatively different?

Answer: That is an excellent question. Depending upon the wood used there may or may not be much of a difference in the final product. If the wood is heavily grained that could potentially become a part of the image when printed. Wood is a harder surface than linoleum so the actual carving process might also take a bit more effort.

© 2018 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2020:

Thanks, Patricia. Sending good thoughts your way today!

Patricia Scott on January 17, 2020:

Every time I view these works of art, I am struck boldly by the patience and creativity it takes for these images to unfold. What a gift you have. Angels once again are headed your way. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2019:

Hi C E Clark,

Thanks for the compliments on my linocuts, as well as the holiday greetings. I hope your holidays will be filled with all that you could wish.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 21, 2019:

All of your woodcuts are amazing. I love them all. Yours seems to me a very unique talent making it all the more exceptional. Posting this article on AH & FB.

It's so good to hear from you, Peggy. Sorry it's taken me so long to answer my comments. I have a stack of them waiting for me. I hope all is well with you and that the holiday season that is all but upon us will be a joyful time for you and yours.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 12, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

I am so happy that you like your cat print. When I see my angel print I cannot help but think of you. Sending angel blessings your way today!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 11, 2019:

What patience as well as the artist's eye it must take to create these works of art. I am blessed to have a kitty done by you hanging in my kitchen. Sending many Angels to Houston this evening ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 10, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

That is one of my favorites also. The Sacred Heart Catholic Church sits across from the Bishop's Palace in Galveston. Thanks for the compliment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 06, 2019:

You're so talented, Peggy. I had not idea that you did this. Beautiful work. My favorite is the Catholic Church because of the mix of curves and straight lines.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2019:

Hi Virginia,

Thanks for the compliment. I also have some lithographs that Charles Criner printed for me. The largest edition size is 13, with some as low as 10.

Virginia Billeaud Anderson from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019:

Hi Peggy, thank you for notifying me about this site. I am now remembering what a fine print artist you are.

Robert Sacchi on July 31, 2019:

You're welcome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2019:

Thanks, Robert. I would need to learn more about how to do that.

Robert Sacchi on July 29, 2019:

It does seem an interesting prospect since you can insert an amazon capsule with the key phrase "linoleum prints". Maybe another reader can give a more official answer.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2019:

I have yet to write about the Moody Mansion, but it is on my "to do" list. Waiting for cooler weather because there are other things in Galveston also on the list, and it is SO HOT right now! I have never tried selling anything on Amazon but someone recently told me that I should set up my own site to sell my art. Even if I did that, it could not be linked to HP from what I understand.

Robert Sacchi on July 28, 2019:

Great going. Do you have an article on the Moody Mansion? Would you be able to sell the linoleum cuts on Amazon then link to Amazon from this article?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2019:

Hi Robert,

Yes, one and the same! At the Moody Mansion gift shop, they are selling my Galveston linocut prints as well as at the Galveston Historical Foundation. The Moody Mansion is a beauty!

Robert Sacchi on July 27, 2019:

Is this the Mary Elizabeth Moody Northen, the Galveston philanthropist? I Googled the name.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2019:

Hi Robert,

Thanks. The figurehead on the tall ship Elissa is an image of Mary Moody.

Robert Sacchi on July 26, 2019:

Yes, the Elissa Figurehead is a very nice linocut.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2019:

Hi Diana,

Galveston, Texas is a great place to visit. It is an island city on the Gulf of Mexico that is filled to the brim with many attractions as well as historical edifices. It is a port city and many cruise lines come and go from there. I have featured some of what is down there on my website as well as some on this site. From where we live in Houston, it is about a 70-mile one-way trip, so we can easily get down there for a day of fun on occasion.

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on July 11, 2019:

I don't know anything about Galveston, not even where it is, but I love the song!

It's great that you are selling your work. I have done a bit of lino cutting, but nothing impressive

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2019:

Hi Diana,

Thanks for the compliment. My husband and I made a quick trip to Galveston yesterday to replace some of my art that had sold. My Galveston prints do well down there for obvious reasons. It was fun seeing the Gulf waters and eating some fresh seafood.

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on July 11, 2019:

They are lovely - you're very talented

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2019:

Hi Carrie,

It is nice to be able to introduce you to this form of art. I am happy to know that you appreciated the article.

Carrie Kelley from USA on April 04, 2019:

These are all beautiful. It's hard to choose a favorite. I've never heard of this type of art before, so thanks for writing such a great article about it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2019:

Hi Dale,

I am happy to be able to introduce you to linoleum cut art prints (aka linocuts). We collected some woodcuts prior to my making linocuts. It is a similar process.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on March 27, 2019:

I have to admit that I have never even heard of linocuts so thank you for bringing them to my attention. I will send this over to the wife as I think she might like them too. She is always looking for art to collect and hang at our house.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2019:

Hi Dolores,

Linocut images printed on tote bags would be a nice way to display them. The very first image I ever created, I forgot that it would reverse when printed. So I just call it Peaceful Valley. The actual image was of a little chapel in Yosemite Valley. Glad you enjoyed my art. I have created other types of art in addition to linocuts.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 22, 2019:

Wow, Peggy, I didn't know that you were such an artist! Your linocuts are beautiful! I wanted to try this myself but have a hard time with the idea of the reverse image. I remember do this in an art class and had a hard time with the concept. I would like to try to print those types of images on tote bags.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2018:

Hi Dianna,

It does take a steady hand when carving a linocut and then using the right amount of ink when pressing it. There is a definite learning curve to master. Thanks for letting me know which print you liked best.

Dianna Mendez on October 17, 2018:

What a creative work of art! They are so lovely. Seems like a process requiring detailed work. I do love the grape vine the most, very expressive.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2018:

Hi Paula,

It is nice that you were introduced to creating a linocut in an art class. I learned how to do it as an adult in a class at a local community center. It opened up a new method of printing combined with art to me and introduced us to people we might never have met because of doing so. Thanks for your complementary comment.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on October 14, 2018:

Hello Peggy, these linocuts are amazing. I once had the opportunity (only once) in an art class to carve an image from a block so have a very small idea of what this is like to do. I have a great respect for this medium and I'm fascinated by how they turn out. What a great hub, and thank you for sharing all of these with us! Wow. Paula

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2018:

Good morning Barbara,

Thank you so very much for the compliments. Burnt sienna is a lovely color. (Smile) Our Lady of Walsingham is such a beautiful church in the Spring Branch area of Houston.

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on September 28, 2018:

I agree with Paula oh my Peggy you just shine...I cant afford art school can I just come sit over at your house I will hand you the paint..burnt sienna coming right up ma'am! the walsingham church is my favorite so far....reminds me of the church they use on the BBC series midsomer murders its so cool now I want even more to come two states over even more! excellent art and supreme article Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2018:

Thank you, Paula. Much appreciated!

Suzie from Carson City on September 03, 2018:

My compliments are sincere and well deserved!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2018:

Hi Paula,

Thanks for your effusive compliments on my linocut creations.

Suzie from Carson City on September 02, 2018:

Peggy.......HO-LEE!! People like you with such amazing artistic talent, simply blow my mind!! Seriously. I look at art like this and just wonder how someone does it! IMHO, it is a true God-given gift!

I am certain, I could go to the most prestigious art school for half my life and still not be able to do what you do. This comes from being gifted!! And Peggy, you have THE GIFT!! W O W !!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

Thanks for the compliment. The Galveston Historical Society and the Moody Mansion in Galveston are currently selling my Galveston prints. I have a place representing my work in Houston but should probably put them online somewhere.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 01, 2018:

Your linocuts and woodcuts are nothing short of gorgeous. I placed your first article on this subject on one of my arts and crafts boards (Crafts and Instructions) and I'm posting this article to that same board. You need to make these cuts available to the public. I feel certain they would be a success, particularly if you continue to match your incredible skill to cuts of well known landmarks. Lots of people would love to have a really high quality souvenir of their travels that would make a beautiful addition to their homes indefinitely.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 17, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I would have loved going to an art school. Art is something that has captured my interest all of my life. Printing can be a messy business. Haha!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 17, 2018:

To be fair I we t to an art school from age 12 to 14. Took and entrance exam. But it closed with the advent of Comprehensive Schools. I did carry on with extra art subjects however up to o and a level exams. Loved lino printing as could be quite messy lol

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 17, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

It is nice that you were able to learn about this art form and actually create some linocuts when you were in school in the 1960s. The art class that I took in high school back then did not address it. We did a painting, made a ceramic piece and studied art history. I learned how to do this as an adult at a local community center.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 17, 2018:

This is really interesting an dit takes me back. One of mt art subjects in tge 1960s at school was lino printing. Used to love it. We mainly used colour

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2018:

Hi Shyron,

I am glad that you liked these linocuts of mine. Enjoy your day today!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 28, 2018:

Peggy, this hub is a work of art and you are a fantastic artist. I got the feeling that I have seen this hub before, if so it is still beautiful.

Blessings my friend

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2018:

Hi Dianna,

It does take a bit of practice to get the prints to turn out well. Thanks for taking a look at my creations.

Dianna Mendez on July 26, 2018:

Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful art form. It must take patience and skill to create such pieces on print.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2018:

Hi Sherry,

You must have had a good art class in school. I learned how to create linocuts as an adult. The schools I attended never taught how to make a linocut.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2018:

Hi Natalie,

Thank you so much for sharing my article with others. It is always interesting to me to find out which of my linocuts becomes most favored.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on July 16, 2018:

These are beautiful. I remember doing linocuts in school, but nothing nearly this detailed.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on July 16, 2018:

FYI - I also submitted it to Reddit. Hopefully, that will get it some additional views.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on July 16, 2018:

Wow! You are really talented! Some of them seem so intricate. You not only have to be able to sketch and draw but to carve as well to end up with the finished product. I just met someone last night who does wood block carvings. I'm going to share the article with him and post it to my facebook page if you don't mind. I think of all of the prints, the one of the red grapes was my favorite but I also loved the angel. Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope you'll do another article about your work soon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2018:

Hi Genna,

Nice to be able to introduce you to the linocut art form. Thanks for your comment on my pieces.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 14, 2018:

Hi Peggy...

I've never heard of linocuts before reading your article. This is beautiful! And your linocuts are stunning. I don't share your remarkable talent (I can't draw a straight line with a ruler) and am so in awe of your images. Thank you for sharing this art form with us.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

I am happy to be able to introduce you to this type of art. Thanks for your comment regarding my original linoleum cut art prints.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2018:

Hi Gerry,

Good luck with your efforts in making some linocuts of your own. The nice thing is that you do not need that many tools to do it. Also if the end result is not pleasing you can always start again. That does happen! Not everyone of them is a masterpiece judging from my own personal experience.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 13, 2018:

Surely a lot of time, dedication, and patience above all, must have gone into making these linocuts.

This was a educational experience as well, having no prior knowledge of this art style.

Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Gerry Glenn Jones from Somerville, Tennessee on July 12, 2018:

Thanks so much, Peggy, I really want to try and do this. I love to set and reach new goals in my life

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I have featured some of my linocuts in specific articles related to a particular location but decided to assemble almost all of them in one place which is what I did in this post. I am pleased that you like them. Sending good thoughts your way today.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 12, 2018:

I am sure I have read this before but it is just so amazing that I had to come back. I cannot imagine the vision and patience this must take. What a gift it is to have those among us who discover how to create such works of art. Angels once again are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2018:

Hi Gerry,

As to the type of linoleum used for creating my linocuts...I simply purchase mine already attached to blocks of various sizes at art supply stores. I do not think it is any special type of linoleum.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2018:

Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was fun creating these linocuts and I may be creating more soon of some more Galveston images. Will plan a trip down there soon to take photos of some of the historic sites.

Gerry Glenn Jones from Somerville, Tennessee on July 09, 2018:

I wasn't aware of this art form until I read your article. It looks like it would be fun to do, and you are very good at it! What kind of Linoleum do you use?

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 09, 2018:

Awesome work!

You are so talented and so creative. These are super fine works of art and very neat. Needless to say, it requires creative skill with lot of patience.

Difficult to choose the best, all are wonderful.

Thanks for sharing your talent!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2018:

Hello LoyalFrienemy,

Thanks for voting which of the linocuts were your favorites and leaving your welcomed comment.

Nishika Chhabra from India on July 06, 2018:

Very informative and interesting work. I really liked reading about linocuts and also enjoyed voting for my favorite ones. I admire your talent and creativity ma'am.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2018:

Hi Audrey,

Thanks! :)

Audrey Howitt from California on July 04, 2018:

Gorgeous!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2018:

Hi RedElf,

I guess it does take a bit of creativity or at least a mindset and persistence to create art. Then again...art is "in the eye of the beholder" as the old saying goes. What one person sees as art may not necessarily be another person's definition. Thanks for the Independence Day greetings!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2018:

Hi manatita,

To answer your question...creating a linocut does take a bit of time because all efforts are not necessarily successful when carving. Even after that every print does not come out as expected. So putting it all together...time is definitely a factor. Thank you for the 4th of July greetings!

RedElf from Canada on July 04, 2018:

Happy Fourth! You forgot to mention in your "how-to" that first, you have to be an awesome artist. Lovely images. Thanks so much for sharing these.

manatita44 from london on July 04, 2018:

Peggy you are a great artiste. I admire this quality in you. Linocuts must take so time, no? Happy July 4th 2018.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Hi Jackie,

Happy 4th of July to you also. Thanks for taking the time to look at my linocuts and leave a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for taking the time to vote for your favorite linocuts in the polls. As more people vote it will be interesting to see if the percentages change.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Hi Roberta,

The art class that I took in high school was an elective and creating linocuts were not a part of the curriculum. Nice that it was when you attended high school. I remember making a ceramic piece and doing an oil painting. Of course a great part of it was studying art history.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 03, 2018:

Hard to choose from your beauties. You are so gifted!

Happy 4th!

Sandra Holt from Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 03, 2018:

I had fun voting for my favorites!

RTalloni on July 03, 2018:

Beautiful work! Enjoyed seeing all your examples and the info you've provided on linocut work is interesting. I remember the opportunity to try my hand at this in high school art. It was very appealing work.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Hi Linda,

Thanks for taking the time to vote in the polls as to which one was your favorite. I am finding the results interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Greetings LeonJane,

Yes I have received several commissions to create linocut pieces. Here are some examples of the work I have done on commission.

In one case the person wanted to have a linocut created of their old family farmhouse prior to it being destroyed. She sent several photos and I worked from those after discussing it via telephone.

Another one was a dog's face. She sent a photo of the dog to me. It became a Christmas gift to her boss who owned the dog.

One of them ended up being gifts for the board of directors of a business. It was an old rice dryer in Brookshire, Texas after they had seen the one I had created of the one in Katy, Texas.

In every case they also received the linoleum block upon which it was carved along with the prints. Thank you for asking.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Happy to be able to inform you about this type of art. You were most probably familiar with woodcuts. Linocuts are similar but the medium is softer to carve.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 02, 2018:

Your art is wonderful, Peggy. I admire your skill and your patience! I loved looking at your photos. I voted in every poll, but it was often hard for me to choose a favourite.

LeonJane from Australia on July 02, 2018:

Your work is amazing, quite detailed and intricate. The black and white architectural pieces are bold and dramatic, I love them all. They would make great book cover art, have you been commissioned yet? Your article is very well written and rich with information, quite a pleasure to read, thanks.

Robert Sacchi on July 02, 2018:

You are very talented with linoleum cuts. I didn't know there was such an art form until I read your article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2018:

Hi Pamela,

Creating all forms of art takes time and patience. I am sure your stained glass is very rewarding when you get to see the beautiful colors and patterns. I have a cousin who has created some beautiful stained glass panels and windows. That takes talent also! Thanks for your comment regarding my linocuts.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 02, 2018:

Hi Peggy, And I thought making my stained glass art was tough. This process souds so tricky and time consuming. I loved all the prints and had difficulty choosing a favorite. I like the way you inserted all those quotes as well. Great article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2018:

Hi Claudia,

Hope you try your hand at creating some linocuts. It is always amazing when printing some artist proofs to see what has been created after the carving process. Sometimes it is even better than imagined! At least I find it to be that way. Of course sometimes it just does not work out but lessons are learned.

Claudia Mitchell on July 02, 2018:

Wow Peggy - These are stunning! This is an art form I've always been interested in trying.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2018:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the compliment Mary. I had fun creating these linocuts and may start doing some more in the near future.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 01, 2018:

I am impressed at the ones you featured here. I don't know if I will have the patience to do some of these. They are truly amazing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2018:

Hello GlenR,

You were quick to make a first comment. There is definitely waste when it comes to creating a good linocut print. Quite often I have printed many more that do not make the cut to be numbered and signed. It is all a part of the process.

Glen Rix from UK on July 01, 2018:

I am so impressed! It looks like a complicated and messy process. You must be a very good artist and have the patience of a saint. Congratulations on both your talent and skill.