Freeze and Thaw: Failure and Success

2012, Drypoint of Moses in the Rock, 4 1/2″ x 6″.  Unlike an engraving which captures the ink in incised lines, the drypoint image is made by scratching the copper with a stylus, which raises a bur, trapping the ink on the surface of the plate.  This produces a “softer” or “fuzzier” line than the crisp and precise engraved line.  This also makes deeper tones possible, which I wanted for this image.  I am not sure that I have not failed in my attempt.  Yet I am not disappointed.  Failure is the plough.

Fire and Gravel.  2012, Engraving of Waking Man drawing a comet, 3″ x 4 1/2″.  The difference in line quality is readily observed in this engraved image.

A slightly earlier state of the Moses drypoint.


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Slideshow of  images from the printing process.

3 thoughts on “Freeze and Thaw: Failure and Success

  1. Man, I love these images. Best post yet. The slideshow is excellent and I really enjoy seeing all of the process photos of your studio. The line quality on Moses print is really interesting, I think. If an engraving is like a crisp ink drawing, where you are using straight ink and no water, than the drypoint, visually, is more like a soft watercolor. It’s easy on the eyes. So are the copper plates. Anyway, please sign me up for one of each to add to my Wall of Baumgartner. Also, I love the way the comet is evolving over the years. It reminds me that after work one night last week, I saw a huge shooting star over the Portland skyline. It was pretty good.

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