Friday, October 14, 2011

Leaving Safety

Leaving Safety, etching
working proof
Ok, so by now most of you know that I am not the most patient person. This morning I was going to go to the print studio to print my editions for the two prints I am handing in on Tuesday. I arrived ready to go and found the studio filled with students from a beginning printmaking class. So, I decided to come back tomorrow and work when it's quiet.

I also decided that I couldn't wait until tomorrow to show you one of my prints. The photo is alright - it's only a working proof on newsprint. It combines three different techniques - a line etch, a soft ground pattern for the background and a spit bite aquatint (and a few hours of work...).   I love it!! Several times throughout the process I thought I had ruined it, but it turned out those "accidents" were all lucky ones! When I pulled the final version from the press, my breath caught for a second and I knew I had a keeper... 

I find it interesting that in drawing I work mostly realistically, in my paintings I have developed my own folksy style and in my etchings I now have the opportunity to develop my more abstract and edgy side. I think the materials lend themselves beautifully for abstract work. Add to that my love for layering, textures and surprises and I think I've found the direction I want to go in with etching. 

After I get my "good" prints done this weekend, I'll photograph them do another show & tell. 

But for now, I wish you a beautiful, peaceful and creative Friday!! 

P.S. The print reminded me of the quote I used in my very first blog post in March of 2009, and that's where the title "Leaving Safety" came from. Oh, how my life has changed since then...


  1. Your etching is wonderful!!!! It's so fun to watch you grow!! And I loved going back and reading your first blog post because I wasn't part of "blogland" back then!!

  2. It's a beautiful piece, Silke. Very stark and dramatic! Happy weekend to you, too!

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  4. Oh, I love it too! AND how it relates to your first one. Perfecto.

  5. Just amazing how the whole etching process works. I remember the photo of the plate, and how different it looked from this first pull!
    It must be wonderful~~go, girl, GO!
    So now I have to go check your first post, which I am sure I missed....
    Have a great weekend!


  6. you is an art-eest....

    i wish i understood this process better. i'll be learning as you go.

    happy weekend dear friend.

  7. Liebe Silke,

    frohe Grüße aus dem sonnigen Bochum

    Angela und Elisabeth

  8. Wow, girl, you've got range!!! Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

  9. oh Silke I love this too! The title is perfect!

  10. Love thinking about "leaving safety."

    We could all do so much if we didn't huddle in a safe harbor whenever scared.

    All joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island