Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sand & Shadows

First this this morning I pulled a proof from yesterdays plate and was happy to see that it printed as I had hoped. These last two plates hold a lot of ink so it takes awhile to wipe them but by mid- afternoon I had an edition completed.

Sand & Shadows
The fourth print in my Springer series; Sand & Shadows. (Since my subjects are Springer Spaniels I'm trying to keep the "S" thing going).

So here is the series so far. My goal was to create bold, graphic compositions that didn't look too "cute". Hopefully I'm heading in the right direction. I'm considering working on a few smaller sized plates next but for now I think I'll put the dogs aside and focus on a few new ideas.




Monday, November 3, 2014

On A Roll

I feel like the flood gates have opened and I can't seem to stay away from the studio. Ideas and projects incubating in my mind all summer need to emerge; in a hurry. And, as any card carrying Scorpio will tell you, once we focus on something we take it head on; its almost impossible to divert us from our path. So, the weekend was spent printing an edition, framing a print, and finishing up sketches for new pieces.

I couldn't wait to get started this morning but had to clean up and organize a bit. My "Searching" edition was hanging on the line by the window but because of their size I kept bumping into them.  My solution was to move them to an out of the way location - the treadmill; guaranteed not to be disturbed.

The morning was spent adding finishing touches to my drawings, creating transparencies and proofing and calibrating exposure times for the various film positives. By mid-afternoon I was ready to make the plates.

Just when I thought I had used up all of my Solarplates and would have to put things on hold, I found a box with a couple of forgotten plates tucked away. What's interesting is the color of the older Solarplates. I can't remember from where I had ordered them and I don't know if the color is related to the supplier or age. When I print tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if there's a difference in how the plates perform.

Here they are, ready to go. The large plate on the right is another piece for my Spaniel series. The other two plates are the start of a new series which I'm thinking of calling "Pressed & Stitched". Time to call it a day.