LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY REVISED

LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY REVISED

I thought this was finished, but a test print proved me wrong. I lightened the background and changed the rays of mercy. This looks pretty close to what I want. Pay attention to the banner message, folks. Childlike faith is the key to union with…

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LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY FINISHED

LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY FINISHED

One of the great blessings of being an artist is ocassionally doing something that might bless someone. I began this work just trying to do a small sketch that resembled how I picture Jesus, and it turned into something much better than I originally planned….

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LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY GOES DIGITAL

LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY GOES DIGITAL

This image has taken a different turn. I began this thinking I would do another etching, and I will. But it has morphed into a digital paining, and here’s the reason why. I can also create a Sacred Heart from this form, and do different…

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LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY STUDY DRAWING

LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY STUDY DRAWING

Reality has caught up to me. I originally set my goal for Le Suite Gesu at 10 prints a year. I got 15 done in the first year, but nothing since last November. Now I’m back at it, and with a more reasonable goal. Since…

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LE SUITE GESU: AGONY IN THE GARDEN PROOF 3

LE SUITE GESU: AGONY IN THE GARDEN PROOF 3

This plate has been around the studio for months. I soaked it in vinegar before I realized vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt make a great ad hoc etching solution. So it had a tone on it very similar to the kind you put on a…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 7

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 7

I took a hiatus from etching for the last month. I finished this today. The Virgin’s mouth is a bit fuzzy, but I think I’ll leave it that way. It was arguably the worst day of her life. A sword pierced her heart. Now I…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 6

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 6

I put a softground on this and also did a spot etch for the Blessed Virgin’s face. I put the etching solution on with a brush locally and let it sit for two minutes. I scraped and reshaped the cliff next to the Virgin and…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 5

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 5

I wanted to give the print more contrast, so I did a lot of drypoint and engraving, and polished the areas I wanted very light. Now I have to adjust everything else in relation to what I did. The Blessed Virgin’s face is still in…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 4

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 4

I did a lot of scraping and burnishing for this proof. No etching bath for this one. I toyed with the idea of soft ground, but I may not need it. I’m getting the tenebrism I want without it. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 3

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 3

The print is just beginning to solidify. I’ve taken my time with this print. The subject matter is very important, and it is paramount, for me at least, to give it the weight it deserves. The figure of Jesus is starting to gel, and I…

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