Here is a pic of the small relief print, 5"x7" that I am sending out to some of my wonderful Kickstarter supporters. I printed an edition of 40 by hand about 10 days ago, and now they are dry and ready to go. I'll be mailing these in a day or two.
To achieve consistency in the printing of the gray clouds, that was a little printing slight of hand. I inked the plate evenly each time with the right amount of ink to achieve a rich black when rubbed down with my hand printing tool of choice, a bookbinder's bone folder. But before printing, I printed off the clouds onto a piece of scrap white paper, and then a second time, so 2 layers of ink were removed. Then I placed the actual paper for the edition, I used Nideggen, and printed in the normal way. Only a trace of ink was left on the clouds, so those appear as a consistent gray.
Below are pics of my studio corner, with SOME work up on the walls. There are many more paintings stashed away in a folder. In the far corner is a view of the small sketches I have been using as reference images for my paintings. Many of these small sketches will be mailed out to another group of my Kickstarter patrons in a couple of weeks. I have selected a few of these to show here, just a teaser.
It bears repeating: Kickstarter is a powerful platform to help creative people reach a specific goal. It connects the artist with a world of people who are open minded, willing to make a leap of faith, and eager to support the creative process. I am over-awed at the gesture that total strangers, as well as friends and family, have made by responding to my project. In exchange I can offer these pieces of artwork, all offshoots of my creative process during this residency. As I am breaking new ground in my landscape painting, these small works have helped me to understand and interpret the forms I am fascinated by. I'm working with an enormous amount of energy and focus, thanks to this gift of time. I hope every one of my Kickstarter backers will appreciate these tokens of my sincere gratitude.