Phalaenopsis etching

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Nowadays, when drawing flowers from life, I’m careful to take documentary photographs, as an etching is never completed while the plant is still in bloom.  No photos were taken while making the preliminary drawing, which made it difficult to complete the etching. After about two years of aquatinting, scraping, burnishing and re-aquatinting, I decided that this would be the completed state of the print.  Printing with blue tinted black ink helped to give the print greater contrast against my favorite paper, gray Magnani Pescia.

This print and many more are available on my Etsy site,  Oncidium Press.

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