Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Continuing on last week's theme— images from Savannah. Here are two scans of a copper plate etching in progress. Above shows the first pull of phase two, after adding some tones with aquatint. This is a miniature print (3"x3"). The next phase will involve some burnishing of the plate to create more variations in the… Continue reading Cathedral of St John the Baptist

4th Annual NY International Miniature Prints Exhibition

Last night was the opening reception for the Mini Prints show at Manhattan Graphics Center, where I take printmaking classes. The place was packed to the gills, and I was pleased to see that my two prints had already been claimed by someone! (The red dots indicate the pieces are sold.) This was the first… Continue reading 4th Annual NY International Miniature Prints Exhibition

Little cabins in the mountains

I painted this little sketch from Friday night this afternoon, and finally made use of the goose-neck phone holder to record a time-lapse of it. https://vimeo.com/312606449

The Witch-boy: line etch proof

Here is a scan of an initial proof of my line-etching of the witch-boy. This is the result of scratching my drawing into a waxy coating over the copper plate, called a hard ground. After coating the plate, you can transfer your (reversed) image onto the surface to guide you as you make your lines… Continue reading The Witch-boy: line etch proof

Second week in the printmaking studio

Here is a picture I took with my phone after working the drawing in the hard ground, then immersing the plate for three 'bites' in the acid. This plate will serve as my re-entry to the world and techniques of etching, since it's been over 7 years since I took my first class, so I… Continue reading Second week in the printmaking studio

Soon there will be snow in the air and the grey will set in

Here is the cleaned-up inked version of the house. Next is time to trace it and then transfer the revered version of this to the plate, below: Here is the tracing paper after transferring the image. As you can see, I replaced the original trees. I used a white charcoal pencil on the tracing paper to… Continue reading Soon there will be snow in the air and the grey will set in

Paper-dry leaves crunch beneath our feet, and the wind is picking up

Tuesday I went to my first class in over 7 years— returning to the art of copperplate etching (intaglio). I've a small plate ready to work on before my next class on Tuesday. This is the wee sketch I did for it today. It needs finessing, and then I'll transfer it in reverse to my… Continue reading Paper-dry leaves crunch beneath our feet, and the wind is picking up

Summer hid a whetstone in the slender paths between cornstalks

My brother and Seneca in the ring while I was up at the Farm in July. Summer! It’s been too hot. It’s rained a lot. It’s been busy with work, and (half Fridays notwithstanding) I’ve still not gone on a date with the Atlantic Ocean. Haven’t cycled as much as I’d like. But it’s been… Continue reading Summer hid a whetstone in the slender paths between cornstalks

A recipe for crisp-edged watercolors

Last week I posted some gentle little watercolors, and briefly described the process. Here, as promised, is a more detailed view of that process. Step one: Draw your shapes in pencil. Step two: scan the drawings, and import to Adobe Illustrator. Trace the shapes using the pen tool, refining as you go, to create your… Continue reading A recipe for crisp-edged watercolors

Cheerful, cooled, and brittlebush

It's time for some updating and new colors. I've been thinking about some new colors for awhile, and went to browse the chips this afternoon. When I got home, I checked them all out in the rooms and against the light and existing paint, then gave them a quick run-through in Photoshop, as I can't… Continue reading Cheerful, cooled, and brittlebush