Larger Zinc Plates
Day 1,2 and 3 of Residency at the Maison de Gravure / Montpellier
working on Songs of Nature series and Carrier ideas . These are all fairly small 29 x39 cm zinc plates na d 20x 25cm copper plates. The copper I have really enjoyed using – much more responsive to the delicate drawing – on both i have experimented with white soap ground on short bit times to try and get a meter more diverse aquatint. This week also i went out drawing directly onto the plates by the waterfalls in the gard – near Ganges. Whilst there I had a meeting with an otter – who came right up to me to check me out – it was actually snowing but you cant see that in the pictures.
week 2 and 3
Worked on small Copper plates – partly exploring techniques with soap and the idea of empty shacks/ tree houses. working on copper was so much better than Zinc, the line much more sensitive. All aquatints were using Edinburough etch rather than Nitric – which I would have preferred, but was not an option for me at the Atelier here.
Week 4 and 5
After drawing at the waterfalls near Gange a few weeks before I wanted to continue with a zinc etching for the Songs of Nature series (using Braille holes). I made 3 plates but only one was really any good . Based on a fish trap that I saw in the river. I printed it in black on paper with gradating colours . In the end I used Blue / black and double printed .
week 5 and 6
Began work on the large plate. The disused Greenhouse and farm up the road is going to be a constant source of inspiration for me this summer. What interested me initially is the idea of the outside being inside this fragile structure. I wanted to somehow experiment with this structure in print – using predominantly a linear approach.
Drawing up the large zinc plate was very time consumming – through the hard ground. It took all day to get it right. I left the hard ground with its faults – which I wanted to become part of the etching and I knew the acid would bit through. Again colour needed to become part of this piece and as I had just worked on 2 large drawings for Bearspace Gallery in London i decided to use gradated pre coloured paper – rather than my chin colle gradated paper.
Last week of Residency
working on etching a smaller version of Greenhouse plate and a new version of Greenhouse, Havent yet worked out how it will be shown.
plates with soap before aquatint and sugar lift for foreground and first print.