Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Nesting (Tengmalm Owls)"

9" x 9" (image)
Oil based inks on cream colored Stonehenge paper

Halfway through making this I felt better about it than I do now. But that seems to happen a lot. Especially doing printmaking the way I do it - in layer after layer, and so much left to chance and happy (or unhappy) accidents.

So much subtlety is drowned out by the blue that is just too much of a contrast with the browns. But without that contrast, something else would be lost, such as my favorite part which is the small bird emerging from the shadow of the hole. Argh. The finished product hardly ever feels right.

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