Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Tale of Friendship

A Tale of Friendship is a multiple plate intaglio print, or series of prints chine collé to Western paper. Each image consisted of first printing several plates in various colors on the front and back of a very transparent Japanese paper and then printing the black figures to tell the story. I chose this format after reading an article where yet another artist had mentioned the Daily Comics as his first introduction to drawing and causing me to stroll memory lane a bit. I must have spent a million hours drawing Tillie the Toiler and Brenda Starr. I guess that dates me a bit. This work was at my recent show at North Bank Gallery. On opening night a very nice man who was visiting the Northwest from Hawaii was kind enough to give me a poem he had written:
The Path of Friendship by Bobbie Derricotté I went to find a butterfly one bright and sunny day. And as I walked along the path I met you on the way. You asked, "Who are you looking for?" and I told you, "A friend". We've walked this path for many years, and it will never end.
It tells the story much better than I could have with words and fits the imagery to a tee. I was so happy that he sought me out and shared his art with me. The Mary Poppins business was not intended. I had seen an illustration with many umbrellas and had just completed an image of a woman with a flying machine made of two umbrellas and, let's face it! umbrellas are big business in the NW. I thought it would be wonderful to be able to just put your umbrella up and navigate to the closest Starbucks with a friend.


Hekate said...

I love those sailing ladies. They remind me of "The Little Lame Prince", a favourite childhood tale. A fairy godmother--in a big black hat and long black dress--gives the lonely prince a magic rug. He flies around his kingdom, Nomanland;learns all kinds of things; gets rid of the tyrant uncle; finds a lovely princess who love him and restores Nomanland to a state of peace and plenty. Which just shows the value of carbon sparing air travel, good vision and a kind heart. Thanks for sparking such a great memory.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharri -

you mentioned on my blog that you use cold wax medium to seal your prints. I just tried it and some of the red oil-based ink rubbed off and stained the rest of the paper. Do you have any suggestions on how to use it so this doesn't happen?