|Fig. 13, the 13th Sign with Grey Abstraction, 10"x8" Solarplate etching|
|Fig. 13, The 13th Sign with Grey Spiral, 10"x8", mono print with solarplate etching|
|Fig. 13, The 13th Sign, The Red Serpent |
Now I have at least 5 versions of each image...so now I'm working on a new solarplate for Fig. 18. Today I spent most of the day at the print lab making more test plates. Luckily someone had a nifty little tool: a Stouffer's 21-step guide. So I got to make little solarplate strips to test the exposure times for the time of day and time of year. Despite that, I still couldn't make a decent test plate. The film I was using had a very dense image, so I kept lengthening the exposure times....but things were just not working, so I tried a mid-tone grey image and also had a too-dark result. By that time, it was getting pretty late in the day and the angle of the sun was not ideal. But I hope I can do a few more tests on Sunday and have new proofs by Monday! The good things is: I'm learning a huge amount about how to work with films and solarplates, so even though I don't have a new image yet, I am wiser.
|Some of my test plates and proofs|