Copper and Oil

The printing of the 1st and 2nd state proofs of The Flying Fish of Provision copperplate engraving.Copper and oil14Copper and oil08Copper and oil01 Copper and oil10 Copper and oil02 Copper and oil12 Copper and oil03 Copper and oil04 Copper and oil05 Copper and oil06 Copper and oil07 Copper and oil09 Copper and oil16 Copper and oil18 Copper and oil17 Copper and oil15 Copper and oil13

Thanks to my son for his help photographing when my hands were inky.

Beasts of the Waters

…So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded… NKJVBeasts of the Water1 Beasts of the Water2 Beasts of the Water3Beasts of the Water4Beasts of the Water5


The Deeping Cold outside says to me, “Jack, it is a good time be indoors cutting copper into the flying fish of provision.”

“Indeed!” says I,  “but let us not forget those who toil without such comfort.”

“Verily!” says the Deeping Cold.

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edge dust

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the transition

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upon which to draw

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hard meets soft

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line upon line

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slowly slowly

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.

Saint Christopher Edition


stack of 80 prints of Saint Christopher engraving


Print from the engraving.  Contact for inquiries.

Saint Christopher Proof #1


The first test proof of the small Saint Christopher engraving (3″x4″), printed on BFK Rives paper.