I've been struggling to find just the right idea for an etching for a show called "Earthscapes" (which is coming due too fast for me!). Sometimes it's hard to think of something when you're on a deadline but it keeps you from procrastinating! I shuffle through my sketchbooks and my photos to see what might work. Sometimes pacing and walking works. Sometimes. Then I start digging around for chocolate because my brain seems to function better with chocolate. Ha! I always have hunger pains when I'm looking for ideas .
This time I came across a photo I took of a box turtle that was in my yard and it appealed to me as a good subject. The shell reminds me of a landscape. And it's nestled in it's own little landscape of earthy grass and pine. Here is a first sketch of the turtle that I plan to etch. You can follow along as I show the steps to create the etching.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
A friend of mine who's fond of etchings asked me recently to make an etching of an old French-inspired window. Knowing that I have an interest in learning French AND that I do etchings, she knew that I would be the perfect artist to create her piece. It was fun working with her as we discussed our ideas about what it should include and how it might look. I started the
|inked plate after first etching|
|print after first etching and before aquatinting|