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Calm

Enjoy this progression of the original print “CALM”

As you can see there are often many steps in the development process.  Some steps are very tiny ones that you can hardly notice while other steps show a lot of progress.  Each step is crucial for getting to the final proof.  As you advance the slideshow you will be able to see how each step happens to get to the ultimate end result for a completed Etching.

It begins with the idea, which is usually a tracing (1st) image.  This tracing is used to transfer to the coated copper plate, the image will be reversed on the plate.  The next colorful proof is the first line proof after etching the line and also a value chart color coded to a percentage chart (from 10% to 100%).  The next several proofs show the involved process of burnishing, scrapping, the addition of more line work (in the scales of the fish) and a background .  As you can see from the first tracing to the completed etching,  even the addition of a hand carved stamp is arbitrary until the final proof.  To see a progression of this plate being printed go to islandinternational.com and select the Black Raven Press tab.

The completed etching is printed on 100% rag paper.  A sheet of textured paper is sandwiched between the paper and the ink.  Once the print is printed it is hand colored, gold leafed and stamped with the hand carved dragon fly stamp.

 

Keeper of Light

…….. a hand colored original print (Etching) from conception to completion

 

Stages of a Watercolor

These two original watercolors were painted together to maintain them as a pair for subject and colors

Where do you begin?…. is a question artists ask themselves all the time when facing a blank sheet of watercolor paper.  I say, “at the beginning”; but it begins a lot earlier than that blank sheet of paper.  The concept is developed after many sketches; the subject matter is selected, the basic background is decided in an abstract form, the design flow of the painting has to be thought out.  When all these things come together in the primary drawings, the images are transferred to DeArches 100% rag, 300# sheets of watercolor paper.

I like to start the painting with the subject when a precise image is in the design, they are not completed but only begun.  Moving around the paper and working different areas helps to solve any design or color issues that just cannot be solved in the original drawings.  Working the color early into the design gives the paintings the flow and movement that the original idea required.  But this is not a cut and dried option either,  I find that when I work I am continually reacting to what is already on the paper, many changes in my central idea and design are all open to change.  As I near the completion of the paintings, I begin to fine tune spots of color, values and brightness the paintings seem to ask me to do.  Paintings can be born in hours, days or even weeks…….from the first concept to the final brushstroke……….the paintings themselves seem to say to me …ENOUGH!

The two paintings below  are living happily ever after on the East Coast to this day…….beki killorin