Weekly wrap up

Tools of the trade.

Happy First birthday Black Rock! What a year, not that it’s not tough enough to start a fine art print shop in the best of times but we launched it in the worst of times (my apologies C.D.) but here we are still standing. A huge thanks to all the wonderful support we have received from our community and friends. Let’s hope 2021 is a more fortuitous year and we can put the the Covid nightmare behind us and make some good art. We here at the Rock are hoping to get back to our Thursday night print clinics and demos and segue to weekend classes and some weeklong intensive workshops.

 I took a look at last year’s calendar and found on this date in 2020 we were proofing our first project with Dan Namingha; a lithograph we printed in two color states (a bit unusual but damn, they both looked so good.) So for your approval and perusal “Points Connecting” in both versions …enjoy.

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Signed | Sealed | Delivered

Fatima signing her new edition.

The proofing is over and the edition has been signed. Preparation and planning are the key to a successful run, you go over everything in your head, how much ink you’ll need, how much paper do you tear? Blotters, interleaving, drying times, all factor in to a good edition. All printers seek the perfect edition, it’s an elusive quarry (like trying to trap a unicorn or even glimpse one) but you do get close sometimes. I think the issue is one of intimacy, you’ve worked with all the matrices for so long they are like close friends and at times not so close. As a printer you recognize all the conditions that can affect the outcome of each impression- a little too much pressure while wiping this plate, not enough on the next, etc. In all honesty, give it a week or two and when you revisit the edition, you’ll think “I’m pretty damn good”, give it a year and you’ll feel you’re one of the best. All kidding aside Fatima’s etching “Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s eye” was one of the smoothest runs start to finish that I have experienced, each impression pulled met with approval no matter how hard I scrutinized (I’m known for finding that dark cloud on the brightest day). It’s a perfect storm of a project: Fatima loves it, I love it and I hope you will too.
-Steve Campbell 2021

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Happy New Year 2021

Ronquillo etching progress
Steve and Fatima collaborating.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021! Here’s hoping for calmer waters and smoother sailing.

We have hit the ground running and are currently in production on a new print by Fatima Ronquillo. “Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye” is a 3 color etching with chine colle. Image size is 8″ x 6″ with paper size measuring 16″ x 14″. This will be printed in an edition of 40 plus proofs.

Hummingbird with Lover’s Eye (click to enlarge)

This has been a wonderful print to work on. It literally has a litany of different techniques involved in its making. Just off the top of my head: soft ground, hard ground, spitbite, aquatint, chine colle, burnishing (and I’m sure a couple of wrinkles I’ve overlooked) all combined to create this provocative and compelling image.

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