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.
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 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.
Thirty years ago I started my exploration of techniques and use of color both in printmaking and in painting. While first at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then at Washington University in St. Louis I learned printmaking techniques including lithography, block printing and etching and was later introduced to collagraphy. Coupled with an intensive curiosity about the printmaking techniques came a great interest in exploring spatial relationships and volume with my oil painting work.
My subject matter has tended toward still lives. My early work was predominately about pottery and reflections and their inter-relationships. These provided a good avenue to explore color and play with spatial relationships. Color is all important.
Over the past 15 years I have exhibited my work in numerous major cities and am included in many corporate collections. A sampling of the corporations that have purchased my work include: Allied Signal Corp., Cigna, Citicorp, Marriott Corp. and PepsiCo, Inc.