I was in the studio yesterday, drawing on the key plate for a new piece:
This is based on the Fugloy House painting I did while in the Faroes. So far, both post-Faroe etchings I am working on are based on paintings I did while on my trip. At first, I was worried that I was just copying myself; however, I’ve noticed two things:
- The resulting print is much richer for having started out as a painting. Having worked out many of the composition and content issues in the painting, it is easier to explore technical issues more in the etching.
- Re-working the image on three copper plates, rather then on paper makes the image evolve a bit, plus it lets me correct side-effects of the initial burst of creativity. The original Fugloy House image started as a seemingly random green blob. The etching version features a closer approximation of the actual Fugloy coastline.
Here is the first proof, from just the key plate (this proof is actually a side effect of transferring the image from the key plate to the other two color plates).