drypoint etching of a reclining woman reading a book

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drypoint etching of a reclining woman reading a book
  Book Escape 8×10 Dry Point (Artist’s Proof) on Revere paper with Watercolor

I’ve been looking at my book of etchings and dry points by Anders Zorn(1860-1920), and they always fire me up with skill-craving and work-harder-inspiration. I want to get better at drawing in general, and printmaking that uses drawing. I’ve also been looking at an artist who’s work inspires me with his quiet, ephemeral figures – Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938). While making the plate for this piece (process shots start at the bottom),  and painting the artist’s proof to remind myself where darks and lights should mingle, I’ve been referring to books on both artists.  I still have a lot to do before the drypoint plate is finished, but I’m really enjoying the lessons I see in each artist’s extraordinary work.

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Palette and the drypoint print, with watercolors
The drypoint on plexiglass plate and the artist’s proof print on the press bed
After a trip through the press, pulling the drypoint print (Revere paper)
Using Akua Intaglio ink (in Graphite) on the plexiglass drypoint plate to pull a test print.
An 8×10 sheet of plexiglass and the beginnings
of a drypoint of my reading figure incised in the surface

Artist Quote
Train the people to be lovers of what is best in their own particular work, and Art will again become as near and dear to the people as it was when the great men of the Renaissance came trooping from the workshops of Italy to fill our galleries with the immortal results of their splendid labor.
~John White Alexander (1856-1915) from a speech – cir 1901-1912

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8 thoughts on “Drypoint Etching with Watercolor – Woman Reading a Book”

  1. Thanks for the compliments, y’all. 🙂 @northwoods trekker, the print was dry the next day. Akua ink stays wet on the palette forever, but as soon as it hits paper, it starts to dry fast. And watercolor washes right over it, easy peasey, no resist.

  2. Belinda:
    You are a “find.” Meeting and talking with you at the Sierra Madre Art Fair was inspiring and empowering. Your comments about creativity, both in person and on your blog, will stay with me in my own work.

  3. This goes along with what Seth Godin wrote about the other day on his blog about caring. I love the painting.
    You create such a peaceful mood.

    XO Barbara

  4. I can’t believe it’s the time for you to do all these art walks etc again – that was a quick year 🙂

    Love this artists proof, lovely tones and colours already. You can tell you are enjoying making it.

  5. another great work Belinda!
    I see you used the Akua Intaglio ink for this. How long did the print have to dry before you could apply the watercolor? Or does the Akua ink resist watercolor like a traditional oil ink?

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