Early in 2019 we spent several weeks in Cornwall. We love visiting in winter, when there are often unexpected and wonderful sights. This series of work started with the rise of a red full moon, the blood moon.
An amazing sight by itself, but it was joined by a pod of dolphins, jumping and tumbling as they dashed across Mount Bay. I made a quick sketch, but when I returned to my studio I began to make a series of monotypes of the dolphins.
Preparing to print each dolphin, I cut out shapes in transparent acetate and as I dropped them onto the table, I realised that they had formed an interesting clustered image. I photographed that and made a solarplate etching from it.
I inked each separately, adding them to a print as I developed it, passing each print many times through my etching press.
There were ten prints in the series and they were exhibited in a restaurant in Worthing and later in our summer Open Studios show.
2019 was a disrupted year, because we moved house and it took months for our new studios to be ready to use. The work in this blog was completed before May 2019, when we went to share a workshop in Florence for a few weeks – more about that in the next blog!