Here, finally, are two more etchings for the 2014 calendar. These are prints from the plates I showed you a few days ago. Sorry, I made you wait a while, I’ve had guests staying and no time to post them!
Here’s ‘Snakes in the Long Grass’ – the picture for July (or June). The dark tones are produced by etching, and then the highlights on the figure, grass and snakes are put in by burnishing the aluminium to make it smoother again..
And here is the Scarecrow Medusa. In this one the birds and twigs are etched, and the rest of the detail is done with drypoint (scratching into the metal). The good thing about this one is that I might get more prints out of it than the last drypoint I did (which made only about 6 reasonable ones) because although the drypoint quickly wears out I feel that the cornfield could stand to be quite a lot lighter than it currently is anyway. The figure of Medusa began to get fainter as I printed the first few of these, but I can re-draw her fairly easily, even if I have to strengthen some of the outlines after every four prints or so.
So, I am left with February, May (which I already have a sketch for), and June.