He is still trying to find the best mixture of realism and abstraction. As the following prints show sometimes they are much more abstract and sometimes abstraction is replaced by a simpler, seemingly primitive realism. In all cases his work is informed by his sketches from life. He likes to remain true to birds while not getting lost in details. This helps he thinks to better portray the emotional effect, or better the comprehensive experience, of seeing these birds in their habitat.
In 2017 he began experimenting with moku hanga, or traditional Japanese woodblock printing. It uses water-based materials, good quality Japanese paper and has a rich history. Though he much admires the prints of moku hanga masters like Hokusai and Utamaro he realizes that he'll never be able to match the abilities of these artists and their highly skilled carvers and printers. It is the rich color of a few contemporary moku hanga artists that finally convinced him to give the method a try. Unlike much contemporary work however, that seems to eschew lines in favor of color fields, he feels that lines are just too important a part of any artist's tools to be ignored.
|American Woodcock at Magee Marsh. Moku Hanga print by Ken Januski. Image is about 7x9 inches with border of about 1 inch on each side. Edition of 20 on Nishinouchi paper from 2018.|
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Turkey Vulture and Trumpet Honeysuckle. Two-block Reduction Woodcut by Ken Januski. Image is 4x6 inches and entire print is 7x9. 2015.|
|American Goldfinch EatingThistle. Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.|
|Gray Catbird with Walnuts Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inchs. 2014.|
|Mergansers and Grebes on Schuylkill River Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Editon of 15. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Inks on Shin Torinoko Paper. Image is 6x8 inches; entire print is 9x11 inches. 2014.|
|Piping Plover at 'The Meadows' Multi-block Woodcut by Ken Januski. Edition of 12. Daniel Smith Water-soluble Ink on Rives Lightweight Paper. Image is 4x6 inches; entire print is 7x9 inches. 2013.|