"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Messed Up !!!

Really messed up with this one, I wasn't going to post this stage of the print, hoping that it would quietly fade away. However, in the spirit of total transparency lets show the failures as well as the successes.

There are two further colours printed on this, a dark blue which is the cause of all the trouble as I printed it far too dark. And a dark green which is the tone I wanted, but isn't sufficently different from the dark blue. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if I was using different blocks for each colour, but this is a reduction print so bridges have been burnt.

Back to the drawing board!


Sherrie York said...

Maybe it's a misalignment of stars. I've got one on the table that's not looking too promising, either.

You *could* cut a second block to cover the areas of the blue you find offensive, but it's easy for me to talk. (I usually walk away at this point, too.)

Keith Tilley said...

I'm sorry this one didn't work out Stuart, but thanks for showing us what went wrong.

Katka said...

I see what you mean by the two colours being very similar in value and I definitely relate to a print not turning out the way you've envisioned it in your head.

That said, while it may not be what you'd planned for, calling this a failure seems a bit harsh. Perhaps after a few days it will grow on you. I think you did say we tend to be more critical of our own work right?

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi All

Thanks for the comments.

Sherrie, I did think of cutting a new block, but gave up on that when I thought of all the problems asociated with registration. If it didn't work it would have been a waste of lino, which I could have better used on a new block.

Keith, It took me a long time to decide to post the print and admit that I thought it had gone wrong. Had I not been posting the step by step stages I could have simply thrown it in the bin and started again.

You may be right Katka, I do tend to be a bit over critical with my work, in the past I have ripped up or thrown away work which other people thought was perfectly acceptable. One of the hardest things is to accept that what we see as faults in our work are not necessarliy picked up on by others when they view it.