It's the beginning of September and as a former teaching artist, it's a month I've always associated with new beginnings and fresh starts; a perfect time to begin a new print.
I'm working from a couple of Mark Twain quotes for my inspiration.
"In my age, as in my youth, night brings me many a deep remorse. I realize that from the cradle up I have been like the rest of the race - never quite sane in the night."
"How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps!"
For reasons I can't really explain, I identified with both of these quotes and realized that this was an opportune time to play around with a self-portrait. I started with some sketches and photos, downloaded and manipulated them in Photo Shop, arrived at a composition that held promise and created a film for exposing a photopolymer plate.
|Just processed photopolymer plate.|
The plate printed really well and I was pleased with the first proof. Now to determine ink color and whether or not to hand color areas or add chine colle'. Definitely off to a fresh start.