This scene of the parking lot area of the Basin, in Franconia Notch, is based on a photo taken on an extremely cold winter day, shortly before the winter solstice. It is a dry point engraving that was hand-pulled with a wooden spoon onto Awagami paper.
The image of the large white pine, growing just outside the guest house at Field Farm, is a reduction monotype. The plate was totally inked in blue and then removed with a variety of objects–cotton swabs, bamboo, brush handles, and so on.
Depictions of grasses have been a focus for several years. However, depicting them in watercolor has been a new challenge for me. This scene is of the pond at Field Farm–a wonderful mid-century modern guest house run by the Trustees of Reservation and situated on a high meadow in Williamstown.
Watercolor monotypes involve painting onto a non-absorbent surface, such as an acrylic plate or a synthetic paper substitute such as Yupo. After allowing the watercolor to dry completely, you pull the print with hand pressure or a press onto a damp sheet of paper. This watercolor print depicts crab apple blossoms. I completed the print by embellishing it with a reed pen and Prussian blue ink and adding some black watercolor with a brush.
Brush and ink paintings are among my recent interests. Inspired by the 2017 “Matisse in the Studio” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, I have been working on my own “all over” effect. These two paintings were based on wildflowers at Bascom Lodge, a CCC lodge built at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams, Massachusetts.