Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Prints Charming (title credit: Vintage Cate)

The week I got home from Arrowmont, there was a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby on opened back frames. I took that as a divine signal that I should frame up some of my work from my week in the Printmaking Funhouse. Thanks to Liz at HL for all her diligence on these. Sorry my photography doesn't do them justice. Very tricky with the glass flashing back at me.

These chickens (dry point etching) now live at Grandam Carol's cabin aka Fort Winona. The accent papers were printed with woodblocks and then watercolored. Vintage matchbook from this stash.
Liz floated the irregular shaped piece of paper on the matte. You can't see it too well here, but the corners of the Japanese paper are slightly curled up, giving it room to breathe beneath the glass and adding subtle dimension.

I had never framed any of my daily tiles until now. These six journal my days at Arrowmont. They really make a statement with that wide matte.

You saw this watercolored dry point before. Now that I see it in the frame I think it's my favorite piece. That sliver of red matte really pulls out the paper plate litho print in the background.

This final print is modeling the Borcherding style of collage where the central image is "pushed" down into the background, integrating it more fully. I did this in two ways: by carrying the harlequin pattern onto the dry point at the bottom with Caran D'Ache and by cutting out the points of the chartreuse diamonds at the top with an exacto knife, physically laying them over the top to break the visual border.

It was like an extreme makeover: once my prints were framed they looked just like real art.


GeorgiePorgie said...

I'll take them over Picasso or Miro


Michelle C said...

they are amazing!

and your dad rocks!

Lori E said...

Your work IS real art! Stunning.

Judy Wise said...

Hi Cheryl, glad to meet you here. Love your printmaking; I sold etchings for 12 years back in the '80's. Had never heard of paper plate litho so I learned something new in addition. I hope we get to meet some day. We have a lot in common (beside loving the wonderful miss katie).xoxo

judy coates perez said...

I love the profile head piece.

don't hold your breath on any skirts being made, i have another project in the works for QA that's going to keep me busy for the next month.

Anonymous said...

How much for the last piece shown? I really want it! The framing on your pieces really makes it official! You are an arteest! Loving your stuff and your amazing mind as usual!