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High on the meadow there was a farm, and life for chickens there was swell by Edward Huse

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Using my live drawing from a farm visit as the model, I etched a plate using the acid bath – the drawing was rendered with a stylus through a blocking medium that was “painted” all over the plate to control the bite before placing in the bath, but I continued to draw through the block even while the plate was in the bath for some small details. I pulled the print that is photographed here with oil-based black ink, Somerset Velvet paper.Some of these pulls, (the actual “real” prints), are available for sale as well. They of course vary wildly as a result of the variables involved in pulling a print from a plate by hand, but that is one of the reasons that such a print is considered an actual independant and integral work of art in contrast to other prints that are essentially reproductions. Not only is the edition limited by real physical contsraints, but beyond that there is the fact that each print in the edition is in fact a true and independent work of art, whether it is from an edition of twenty four (my own drypoints occur in editions of that number or far less) or an edition of one hundred (a well-prepared and cared-for zinc plate is capable of being employed for as many as that, but not much more, and not without visible changes in the plate).I know that anyone who has used the family car and a couple of planks to take the place of a printing press will appreciate what I am getting at, LOL.


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  • ©   Elaine van Dyk
    © Elaine van...over 6 years ago

    Edward, this is absolutely delightful! I love your style – beautiful, simple lines, no clutter, yet the whole story is there for us to see. I must say, I’ve not had to use the family car and a couple of planks yet, but what a great alternative that could be if I were in a situation where I didn’t have a press!!

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownover 6 years ago

    Fantastic! I love the way you’ve taken us through the process. Takes us out of the workshop.

  • Edward Huse
    Edward Huseover 6 years ago

    Thanks y’all, we all learn something this way, even in the telling – but now that you mention it, I think this whole RB site is doing a great job of getting us out of the workshop as a matter of fact.

  • kipishiux
    kipishiuxover 6 years ago

    This is great! So live and absolutely great print!

  • Edward Huse
    Edward Huseover 6 years ago

    thanx Kipi!

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