Drypoint Etching of "L'Artiste"

This image was drawn,
like my last post, on a piece of zinc, with
a diamond point.
It was drawn from a book about the history of the
, and I know I should have more information than that,
but there was no photographic credit for this photo, and I was so
captivated by it , particularly the face, that I just went ahead and
drew it.
As a matter of fact, I drew the face three times on three
separate plates!
It is just a tiny collection of marks.

One wouldn't think it would cause such a problem
- but I wanted
it to be perfect -- and finally, I felt it was. I just love the line
variation in dry point etching - for instance, in the side of
the ball, or the curve of her raised leg. It is not like anything
else. Sadly, I have never printed an edition of this

Thanks for visiting today.


Drypoint Etching of Colette after a photo by Cecil Beaton

I did this drypoint many years ago, back when I had first learned
how to use it. It was drawn on a zinc plate with a diamond point.
I did a pencil drawing first that was really loose and wild.

I remember that I sat down to work at about 5:00 pm, and didn't get
up again until it was finished at 2:00 in the morning (oh- to be able
to do that now......!). This is truly one of my favorite dry points I have
every done, because it shows all the variation of line of which the
dry point line is capable. It is so seductive. I rarely do these anymore.

My press is in storage because of lack of space. Perhaps that will change
soon. I certainly hope so. Printmaking was my fist experience of having
a "style" in my work - something which was talked about by my less-
enlightened teachers in graduate school as though it were something
you could go downtown and pick up at the variety store. It's something
that has to evolve on its own. And, I know now, having been a teacher
for 33 years, that it often is the result of an epiphany brought about
by an encounter with an inspiring medium. That is how it happened
for me.


Oil on Vellum Sketch of Nude Male

Although this looks like a life study, it was actually
painted from Eadward Muybridge's collection of
photographs The Human Figure in Motion. This
interesting study of men, women and children
in motion, using stop -action photography against
gridded backgrounds was done in the early 20th
Century, but has been reprinted and is available

It is a fabulous reference source for anyone who
wants to practice figure drawing and doesn't have
a live model. The only drawback is that the pictures
are about 1.5" x 3". One can blow them up on a xerox
machine however. Some of them are very inspiring.

He was obviously much more interested in the mails
who, in general are in lively poses, including sports,
running, even wrestling. While he has his women
walking prettily up the stairs waving scarves, sweeping
and standing nicely by tables with pitchers.

The book is published by Dover Publications, in case
you are interested.

Thanks for visiting today.


Blue & Gold Lesli Triptych

This is an oil painting on board that I did several years ago. I
know that the pose is a bit strange, but I love the "arabesque"
created by her holding her arms up in the air like this. I was
happy with the iridescent quality of the turquoise fabric and
leaves in the side panels. There were supposed to be gold-leafed
spacers between the three panels, but the gallery owner who sold
the piece never got around to framing it that way, unfortunately.

Thanks for visiting today. My arm is healing, and I hope to be able
to begin doing some painting by the end of next week. Thanks to
all of you who have written in with comments of concern. I truly
appreciate that.