Go Small or Go Home

What to do when you get stuck? Find something concrete to work toward. A couple weeks ago I hit a wall. I'd finished working a small flurry of etching plates. I then finished the line etch on a new plate, but had no idea (still have no idea!) what else it wants or needs. It doesn't… Continue reading Go Small or Go Home

Working in a Series

(left) Close up of the rosin coating for aquatint on a 3"x3" copper plate (right) Print of the same plate after applying the spit-bite etching technique These days I’ve been working multiple plates at a time in my etching practice. I’ve never worked this way before; at most I may have had two plates on… Continue reading Working in a Series

Small bits of good news are important

A couple bits of good news have come in the recent month or so. The first is that I'm one of five printmakers who's been chosen to present and discuss my work at the Print Club of New York Annual Showcase. They saw my work at the Miniature Print Show back in the fall, and… Continue reading Small bits of good news are important

A row of brownstones: process part III

I planned to post this Friday, but things being what they are out in the world, I didn't manage it. With things in NYC going from quasi-normal to lockdown in a matter of days, it wasn't a priority. I spent part of the weekend in communication with family and friends near and far, a final… Continue reading A row of brownstones: process part III

A row of brownstones: process part II

Here is the third proof I pulled after completing my line etches in the acid bath on Tuesday. The first proof was a mess, on account of excess acid and water trapped beneath the contact paper that held the strips together throughout the etching process. I removed it, cleaned the plates, and re-joined them with… Continue reading A row of brownstones: process part II

An extra day in the year

Happy Leap Day! It seems fitting that our extra day comes on the weekend, else I'm sure it would be overlooked by many of us. It isn't as if the world treats this day any differently. I've been trying hard to not allow the relentless news of the world to overwhelm me. It can be… Continue reading An extra day in the year

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

Miniature Prints Exhibition

left: Alfama, Lisbon. right: El Poble Sec, Barcelona (line etching + aquatint) The two 3" x 3" intaglio prints that I did after my trip in May, with this call-for-entries specifically in mind, have been accepted into the 4th New York International Miniature Print Exhibition. Very exciting! I have some time to make more prints… Continue reading Miniature Prints Exhibition

Summer Sunday blues

An etching of the view from the balcony in El Poble Sec in Barcelona I'm feeling scattered and at a loss. I have a lot that I could be doing, preparing, working on, reading, and yet I've been sitting at the computer sort of flitting in and out, here and there— utterly unable or unwilling… Continue reading Summer Sunday blues