Sunday, June 23, 2013


What flower has a lovlier fragrance than the gardenia?
My grandparents had a gardenia bush right beside one of the outside doors of their house and it always smelled so wonderful when I would visit during the summer. I had to have one of my own.
Someday, I can see a butterfly painting....

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jack Rabbit Etching

It seems I like rabbits as I've been working on another one, this time a jackrabbit. I like the big ears! I've had some trouble understanding my difficulty adding aquatint but I'm almost sure that I have solved the problem. I was getting  discouraged because I was making many test plates and not finding the right clue.
I don't mind a few test plates but after awhile, it becomes monotonous! Now I think all is well. We'll see next time!

9" x 12" plate
some screenprint in background
Rives BFK paper

ready to be printed inked-up plate
hard to avoid reflections!
always a big challenge to decide how much ink to leave on the plate

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies IMAX Movie

Last Thursday when I was out running errands, I decided to stop by the the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center to see the new IMAX film, Flight of the Butterflies. It's the true story about a scientist, Dr. Fred Urquhart, who after almost 40 years of research, finally discovers where the monarch butterflies go in the winter. It is the most incredible migration on earth as millions of Monarch butterflies travel from Canada across the U.S. to a few isolated mountain tops in Mexico. It's a beautiful film and very entertaining as it's in 3D! If you get a chance, you must see it. Here's a preview of the movie to tempt you:

The poster for the movie.
The science museum on a rainy day.

Monarch on its way!
pencil drawing