I have just had one of those ‘I can’t believe I just did that’ moments!
I have been getting along quite nicely with the Medusa etchings for the somewhat far-sighted 2014 calendar, and in fact I printed the first one today – this is Medusa’s Seedlings, for March probably. It could be February – snake seedlings are quite hardy! It could also be April but I think April Showers and Medusa under an umbrella would be a good April.
So, anyway, I was quite pleased with how this one came out, and I have been working on three plates at once over the last couple of weeks, and I have spent most of the day printing this one, peering at the print quality, trying to improve aspects of it in the next printing and so on. And so imagine my surprise when I get them home, spread them out to dry (inside the plan chest to prevent ‘helping’ from cats), and suddenly I see them in a different way and I think ‘but they’re all backwards!’
Well, yes, of course they’re bloody backwards, that’s what happens with printing. Duh! I am such a pillock! I had been feeling it had been a long time since I had done any etching work, in April. But honestly, to get a fundamental thing wrong and then not notice either. Huh. Well, I am lucky, this one works very nicely this way round, it may even be better, from a narrative point of view:
Doesn’t stop me feeling stupid, though!
And here is some work in progress – the plates (aluminium, if you were wondering) for the next two prints. Medusa and the Plums, which will probably be August, and the much-reworked version of Medusa on a windy day, with falling leaves, which will be October or November:
Of course they will be reversed, too, once printed. The plums one really doesn’t matter, but I would rather the wind blew from left to right. Still, I hate to abandon something I have already put quite a lot of careful work into, so I am currently trying to get used to it the other way round. To this end, here they are again, the other way…
Incidentally, is it just me or do other people have problems with this issue too: When you look in a mirror, left and right are swapped round, of course, and we are used to it so it doesn’t bother us But while left and right are swapped round, top and bottom are not. It just bothers me sometimes, because I can’t quite see what’s so special about left and right and not top and bottom…
Maybe it’s just me.