Collagraph: Sink at the Old Mill Inn (& wrestling with indecision)


Sink at the Old Mill Inn 6.5 x 4.5 Collagraph with Colored Pencil (Available here)

Inspired by Travel

I stayed at The Old Mill Inn – a Bed & Breakfast in Hatfield, Massachusetts a few years ago to attend a wedding. The Mill and the landscape around it is rich with painting & drawing inspiration, so I snapped reference photos as often as I blinked.  This little sink was in my room, and I loved the nostalgia and charm of the lace curtain, the light and the mirror (see the reference photo below).  It reminded me of staying with my grandparents as a kid, in their rambling old colonial house with creaking wide plank floors, stone fireplaces and hand-hewn ceiling beams. If the walls could tell stories of the past 100 years in these places, I’d make tea, find a comfy chair and listen.


Making the Print


The reference photo for this collagraph



Pulling the print after a spin through the press



Pulling the collagraph print – Sink at the Old Mill

An Edition of Five


A small edition of five collagraphs from a mat board plate



Sink at the Mill matted & framed (see it here)

A Tutorial Video of the Process

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Making Up My Mind

Indecision affects my studio time. Especially when I juggle between painting watercolor and printmaking. I love them both. A lot. Even if I settle on which media, I wrestle again with choosing a subject. As I demonstrated above, I can’t walk past a sink without thinking “Heyyyy, THAT could be a fun painting or print!” My photo catalog of art references is bulging at 30,000 images. I read this list of ten ways to combat indecision, and thought it was helpful. Sometimes another person’s shared road map is all the boost we need to find a path out of the dark woods.  I’m using number eight and number ten off that list today. What about you?

Have a decisively artful day, and I’ll see you in the next post,


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Art Quote

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.
~Steven Pressfield


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4 Responses to Collagraph: Sink at the Old Mill Inn (& wrestling with indecision)

  1. cheryl1946Cheryl Bell March 24, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    You are so generous and thoughtful to share your creativity and methods in this way. I have been experimenting with adding a little carborundum to a collagraph backing plate for my dry point etchings. I really love the effect. Thanks again! Cheryl x

    • belindadelpesco March 27, 2017 at 8:59 am #

      Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for this sweet note, and hearty congratulations on your *beautiful* collagraph & drypoint! I love the subject, the color scheme, and the background texture. If you have it posted on your blog, please share a link here so other folks can see it too. Bravo!

  2. Jerry Ruggiero March 22, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    You are so generous to go through the making and filming and explaining this process. I’m going to try this for certain! The work is so beautiful! That sink must have been a challenge. It looks (in the photo) like an oyster shell, all “pearly”! I’m still hoping to meet you some day. All the best!

    • Belinda DelPesco March 23, 2017 at 7:43 am #

      Hi Jerry! Thanks so much for the visit, and the compliment. I would love to meet you some day. I’ll let you know when we’re in Scottdale – we go there often. Share your collagraph so we can oooh and ahh, because like all of your work, it’ll be fantastic! xo

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