Friday, August 02, 2013

Helianthus Annuus

photogravure diptych of the husk and bloom of a sunflower.  (by Scott Barnes)

Calyx (bud/husk), Corolla (petals)

There are still a few more things to write, but most of the book is being reviewed by select people that I trust to give me feedback while respecting the vision I have for the project.  I suspect, since it is now August, and people are on vacation, the publishing date will be delayed by a couple of weeks.  I still expect to have it ready for printing in September with a public release date that will immediately follow.  

The diptych above is shown in its first state.  The image on the left ("Calyx") is unchanged, so what you see here is the final version.  I decided to burn out some of the cloud background in the image on the right ("Corolla"), allowing the fully bloomed sunflower more prominence.

I am experimenting with 2 and 3 color versions of each image, inking a-la-squeegee.  "Calyx" has seen some success, while "Corolla" needs some more tinkering to achieve the full richness of the black & white versions.   I am looking forward to playing with this image some more at the end of August.

(update:  August 1, 2013)

I had a little bit of success with "Corolla" at the last minute.  It makes getting back to this place in September even more encouraging.  Below is a quickly-photographed print to show the direction the print is headed.

I think that I just need to find a different yellow and the image will be complete.

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