Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tree Sparrow #3 & #5 (Collagraph of Bird by Bonnie Murray)

Tree Sparrow #5

Tree Sparrow #3

Above are two more versions of this guy.  Not sure which one I like best.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tree Sparrow (Art, Printmaking, Collagraph of Bird)

This is the second stage of the printing process.  I decided to try something new this time.  I printed some of the color first and then printed the black textures on top.  I think this lends itself well for this subject matter.  Don't know that I would like it with my still life work.  I have been experimenting with other ways of doing this so I will post those in the coming days.

Stage one - I just printed the color first.

This is the plate for the black part of the printing process.
Image size:  7.25" x 9.5"
Paper size:  9.5" x 11.5"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I came across this dragonfly in my backyard a few weeks ago.  When I saw him I ran back into the house to get my camera.  To my delight he was still there when I returned.  I shot several shots, but think this was the best one.  I then decided to do a collagraph based on this guy and you can see below what transpired.

The Mysterious Dragonfly

The image size of  this collagraph measures 12.5" x 19".  This guy caused me some problems.  I originally wanted this to be a black and white image.  I liked the texture on the background but
knew it would cause me problems and it did.  It was just too much so I tried to tone the background back a bit which you can see below.  I was still not happy and decided to add color. That too was a challenge.  Anyway you can see the progression thus far.