My gorgeous dog Cedar died of old age at Christmas time. He was with me for 13 years and was a constant and delightful friend. I have lost my faithfull little companion and life seems bleak without him. To help me get through my feelings of loss and grief, I have been creating some prints of Cedar. I’ve christened my new press printing this series of three prints and she works like a dream. I’m attempting to create some intaglio monoprints of Cedar using some of the methods that Ron Pokrasso employs in his work – stay tuned for those as I’m still creating the plates. In the meantime these 3 proofs are the first little series of “Cedar”. I’m trying to move away from single layer/mono-colour prints and utilise multi plates and more colour in my images to create more visual interest and complexity. These prints are 2 plate drypoint collographs. During Cedar’s last week of life, I took lots of photos of him. To create these prints I used some of my photos to make paper cuts of Cedar. These I collaged and used a drypoint tool to add more detail. I achieved the background texture with acrylic medium on a separate plate and I used paper stencils when printing the two plates together with the usual intaglio inking and wiping. I think that the printing method I used is referred to as “pochoir” which is a french term for Stencil technique. Or maybe pochoir only refers to hand colouring using stencils?? I need to research this. Anyway here’s my Cedar boy…….