“All Weathers” Etching

August 25, 2014

etching by Marina Kim "All Weathers"

“All Weathers”

This small etching is based on one of the street sketches I used to do, sitting in the window of my shop.

Lots of people pass by our window all day long, with their dogs, kids, bags, zimmer-frames… One must be really focused to be able to catch the essence of the image – a very good practice, which I admit to neglecting for a long time now. Because the subjects are here one second and gone the next, one must be very quick and economical. Somehow, it forces the artist to be exact and expressive. I really must get back to it.

Mixed media original print by Margaret van Patten

"Paper Thin"

While looking for artists working in mezzotint, found an amazing art by an artist Margaret van Patten.

Paper Thin
photo by Harold Hutchinson
Etching with mezzotint

The image is rich in content – messages from conscious and subconscious levels merge in an emotional and elegant manner. The technical diversity the artist applied to creating the plate makes for a complex yet un-crowded image.

Love her work!

Mezzotint print by Marina kim "Alina's Rose"

Mezzotint “Alina’s Rose”

Alina is my younger daughter. At the time I made this mezzotint she was almost three.

I was looking for an image for a mezzotint on a very long and narrow plate – 40×12.5 cm. My intention was to have a flower on it, but I wanted it to be held, so that the hands would be in the picture and the flower and hands would in a way be competing for the attention of the viewer.

So, I asked Alina to model for me with a rose. And put on a white dress with intricate piping detail. She wasn’t too happy about it. Being heavily under the influence of her almost 5 year-old sister, she was very aware that dresses weren’t cool. But I loved the resulting image with the garden rose near the end of its life and about to loose its petals, and the soft baby-hands holding it. The fabric of the dress creating the background for the image was an interesting detail to work on, and quite a challenge too.