It's been a very long time since I've shared what I've been to. My husband and I had a period of months where we traveled a great deal. It was delightful in countless ways, but it did throw off my rhythm in the studio.
I decided to grab an hour here and one there while traveling to record glimpses in gouache on paper. I mixed a light value, a medium one and a dark and made sure they didn't particularly relate to what I was looking at. I wanted to take a vacation from the precision that I had developed in my oil paintings.
I found I especially enjoyed head studies done in this fashion.
Again using little bits of time I painted small and fast in my studio and created a number of cards that for the most part have flown out into the world that look something like these below.
I'm happy to say that I've established a schedule that allows for more focused painting time once again, yea! I'll begin posting more formal paintings again soon!
Great to chat once again, I've missed you!
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
I haven't posted in quite a while. The projects that I've been working on are large and have consumed more time than I had anticipated. I have 2 paintings, each 2x4 feet, that I have been working on for months and months, and I've been working on a 5 plate etching series that has taken the same length of time. I'm nearing completion on both projects, and look forward to soon sharing them here in my step by step way.
But I must confess, my life hasn't all been work. My 3 big art projects have been interrupted countless times in the last 6 months by marvelous trips. We've been called to northern Europe, San Diego and Paso Robles for the weddings of family and friends and we've joined friends in Mexico and Hawaii. My heart is full, my head is swimming with new images but I find that it's hard to remain productive while living like the rich and famous!
In response to feeling a bit bogged down I popped off an experiment that I was interested in trying. In the past I spent years on a series of 3 color stacked mono prints, winding up focusing on head studies. I was interested in seeing what a 3 color drypoint, creating color and value using line rather than tone, might look like.
I didn't belabor the development of the image or the drawings. I acted on impulse, and am quite pleased with the results!
|This is the first plate, where I'm establishing warm yellow tones, and anywhere I want green or orange.|
|This is my second plate. Here I'm drawing line where I want pure red, orange or purple.|
|Here is a print of those two plates, the red printed over the yellow. I like what I see, but am surprised to see that I'm not getting many secondary color mixes.|
|Here is my third plate, establishing the deepest darks on the face and hair and creating the environment.|
|And here are all 3 plates printed on top of one another! I like the result and it's raw feeling. Playing with a new technique was really fun and a perfect antidote for my long and labored projects.|
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
These are companion pieces to the seed pods I posted last time. Also 8x10, I created them using the same steps that I described in my past post.
The first print adding a blended roll.
And the print using the ink remaining on the color plate.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
When I was satisfied with both drawings I placed the plates in a vat of nitric acid. The acid eats away the metal only where my lines have exposed plate. The longer the plate is in the acid, the deeper the grooves beneath my lines become.
Looking at my proofs at the areas I wanted to further develop, I once again drew into the Ground to expose the plate.
The shine of the metal shows where I am enriching the line work.
The Whistlers Needle is a twisted length of metal that comes to a point on either end.
I touch up the edges of the plates to protect them from the acid. And they get another half hour bath in the acid.