4/c, 6.5×8.5 engraving.
This is one of the only engravings I’ve done from a photo; it shows my brother watching the rain when we were supposed to be bringing in hay. I was working on it 19 years ago today then I took my daughter trick or treating, got sick and stayed off work for a week. I remember all of this because 1: I thought I’d use that stay at home time to finish the engraving and screwed it up so badly I started over and 2: I quit smoking.
It’s a good thing I dated it, I’d forgotten how long it’d been:-)
As it happens, I have better luck sitting beside rivers drawing than sitting beside rivers fishing. I always end up with a drawing. The evening I drew this was incredibly quiet but for the sound of large hungry fish jumping out of, and splashing back into, the river. Alas, alack, I had no fishing pole, only a sketch pad.
This is a monoprint, not really a print; more like painting with a printing press.
From inside this heavily shaded woods the sunlight pouring through the trees seemed absolutely brilliant. And warm:-)
The ‘black’ is actually violet but looks more naturally black than black ink did; a trick I borrowed from oil painters.
The latest, a 4 colour, 15×21 engraving that had been floating around in my head and doodled on unguarded bits of paper for a long while. It reminded me of a landscape. Sid, a printer friend, was kind enough to give me some cans of ink when he closed shop. Hence ‘Sidscape.’
It’s now hanging…or hovering… at The Whitestone Gallery in Guelph.
Recent Engravings by yours truly, a colourful, thought provoking departure from my usual barns and trees and barns and trees and barns…
These are much more abstract, more ‘graphic’, more insightful than most of my work over the past couple of decades.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY: November 5th
You are welcome to attend. In fact, I’d be quite happy to see you there!!!!
The Show runs from October 29 thru November 26th
The Whitestone Gallery, 80 Norfolk Street, Guelph ON
A year or so ago I did a series of six multi-coloured pieces completely different to the landscapes I’d been doing for a couple decades.Eventually I burned all but one block and one print but that particular print was the beginning of the more abstract work that makes up much of what I now create. I find it exciting.
This November’s show will be the first showing for many of the pieces.