Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Show and Tell: As Big as a Mountain
gigantic, and repulsive to look at. Most often they are clad in
skins. Their noses are long and crooked, and their eyes are as big
as pools of water. When a troll walks on solid ground, it looks as
if it is wading in a mire. It treads so heavily that it sinks down,
sometimes all the way up to its knees.”
~ Phantoms and
Fairies from Norwegian Folklore by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
This is another
screen print from my folklore inspired artwork I call “Hidden
Folk.” The sketch for this one was actually the very beginning of
my love affair with using folk tales, faerie stories, and mythology
in my artwork. I did this print during the same printmaking class as
A Tonal Wizard. Both pieces were inspired by reading stories in a
book, Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore by Tor Age
Bringsvaerd. (I tried to contact the author through Facebook to share
about my work, but no response yet.)
Initial sketch of
the troll and the same with colours for project plan.
As Big as a Mountain
shows how I imagine a troll would look. By the time I finished the
project, I was really quite fond of him (in spite of all the horrid
Here are photos I
took during the printing. I used light translucent inks and built up
several layers to create subtle shading. In total, I believe there
were 14 layers.
Most of the layers
were done with freezer paper stencils. The final outlining was with a
photo emulsion process. I also gave a clear coat over the whole image
to even out the surface.
Many of my projects
have the image crossing the 'standard' boundaries and spilling into
the margins. I like doing this!
The finished print
is 12”x 17” on 18”x 24” Arches Rives BFK paper and was an
edition of 8.
A signed, numbered, and matted print is available in my Etsy shop.
I was very proud to
have my print accepted into the juried Oregon Arts Annual Exhibit at
the 2011 Oregon State Fair.