I printed another Medusa etching for the 2014 calendar series yesterday. I am not attempting these in any particular order, merely drawing them and creating the etching plates as they occur to me. After March (spring seedlings, or snakelings as it happens), will come April Showers. Showers are of course traditionally what we get in April, even though the weather does its own thing regardless of tradition. Nonetheless this was a suitable one to be printing yesterday, as it rained, and rained, and had done so all the previous night too:
Etching is, as I may have mentioned, unpredictable, and I was aiming for a little variation in tone, and also a bit of light in the horizon. It has become rather more like November rain. But on the whole, I’m quite pleased with the effect (if one says nothing about the slight perspectival error with the umbrella…). Snakes enjoy a bit of rain…
Actually this was a pretty pleasing plate to print from, coming out remarkably consistently each time, which is not always the case. Often the difference between a good print and a bad print comes to a very fine judgement of exactly how much ink to leave on the plate before printing. But then, having got some rather nice consistent results, I thought I would see what happened if I did leave a lot of ink on the plate, streaked in the direction of the raindrops:
…starting to look a lot more like it did yesterday now.
And then I made this print:
Now it looks like the biblical rain we had last night. And so we come to where the rain got personal….
This is nothing to do with art, this is my house, when the wall fell off at around 9am this morning:
Um… It’s what is known as a cob wall. Of course I didn’t know that until today. It’s largely made of soil, and a year of rain and slightly cracked rendering (which we rather thought was over brick and stone, and so nothing too much of an emergency) and well… bit of a bugger, innit?