RIP Cedar

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…….     

                                                    

                                    

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2 thoughts on “RIP Cedar

  1. You have my condolenses Jo for your loss. Pets are members of our families too. These prints of Cedar are beautiful, and I look forward to seeing the next ones too. As it happens I am currently working on prints inspired by Ron Pokrosso’s methodology too. I haven’t blogged about it yet, but will be in the next few weeks. Good luck!

    1. Hi Amanda, Thanks for your words. I’ll look out for your post on Ron Pokrosso’s methodology. I have just been reading about his intaglio monoprints and I’ve been aiming to achieve more painterly effects and markmaking – I think this method will work for me. love your cloud artist book. Jo

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