November 2016, Print of the Month

November 2016, Print of the Month

summers-end

“Summer’s End”

15-1/4 x 14”, Photogravure with aquatint and drypoint

Though the medium is intaglio, the beginnings come from the series of brush and ink ‘dune’ drawings I rejoice in doing each summer on Martha’s Vineyard. One finds there that confluence of sea and shore and sky, wildflowers, the change of tide and season – that speaks to us all of moments lost, though perhaps of better yet to come.
The sketch was photo-transferred to a copper plate providing a basic configuration and arena for several months of work, first with etching followed by aquatint and finally drypoint. The plate was then steel-faced for completion of the edition of 30 with 5 artist’s proofs.

October 2016 Print of the Month

October 2016 Print of the Month

“Seapath, Chilmark II”

7″ x 9″, Monotype on rag paper

There has always been something about that confluence of sea, sky and shore that both lulls and excites.  Though I suppose it may have begun with a long ago Cape Cod honeymoon, it surely emerged again during long, happy summer days with Jackie and Dan Schuman at their summer place in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard.  Somehow, that sea, sky, shore combination always seemed more dramatic and compelling there than any others I’ve known.

September 2016 Print of the Month

September 2016 Print of the Month

“Magnolia Grandiflora”

29.5 x 22″, Etching

A few months ago I had a call from sculptor friend Babette Bloch telling me of a drawing of mine soon coming up at auction. I recognized it as a 1980’s favorite done during a summer’s stay north of San Francisco in Marin where the magnolias grow huge and white and unlike anything I’d ever seen.

I made a series of three drawings of cut blooms set under the brilliant overhead skylight, thinking of them as “Rembrandtesque” flower portraits.  They were later exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center Drawing Annual and then at Staempfli Gallery in New York.

I found that the auction was of the personal collection of Ruth Carter Stevenson, founder of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth—who’d owned it until her passing in 2013.

After bidding and buying it back, I felt it would be an exciting image for a gravure etching—and with the guidance of master printer Lothar Osterburg, created an edition of twenty.

August 2016: Print of the Month

August 2016: Print of the Month

“Summer, Donegal”

7″ x 9″
Monotype on rag paper.
I’d traveled to artist Derek Hills’s remote corner of Ireland to paint landscapes together. Within days, he was gone, summoned to Sweden to paint the queen. Setting out alone, was sketching on a sunny Donegal hillside when the rain began. Gathered my soggy sketch pad and ran for shelter. Years later, came across the drawing and decided to use it for a monotype. Just before printing, I decided to add the rain.

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