The Art of Getting Lost

These landscapes are produced using the 19th Century Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate printing processes. I savor the tactile pleasures of making art by hand: building images with multiple layers of brush-applied emulsions. I believe that certain works of art created by a human touch may contain a resonance of that touch: a discernible, lingering aura.

Each print starts as a sheet of watercolor paper, coated by hand with a layer of Cyanotype emulsion. The paper is contact printed with a full size negative and exposed in sunlight for several minutes. After development, an image appears in rich Prussian Blue. The print is then coated with a layer of Gum Bichromate solution (containing green gouache pigment) and contact printed in sunlight. This second exposure rests in register on top of the blue image and the print takes on natural tones of greens. A third exposure is made in brown pigment and now reveals a landscape containing warm, natural tones of wood. A final exposure is made in black, deepening just the shadows of the scene. Four exposures are made over several days to produce these handmade prints. The resulting artwork is very archival, comprised of permanent Winsor Newton gouache pigment printed on watercolor paper.

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Stevens Creek, California
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Sycamore Leaves, Los Gatos Creek
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Sycamore Leaf, gum handmade book
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Vines, Villa Montalvo
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Redwood Roots, Santa Cruz Mountains
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Saguaros, Papago Mountains, Arizona
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Desert Teepees New Mexico, gum book
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Villa Montalvo Statue
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Teepee, Santa Cruz Mountains
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Fallen Teepee, Santa Cruz Mountains
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Ivy Covered Tree, Vasona Park
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Fallen Trees, McCloud River
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Stevens Creek, Eroded Roots
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Fallen Fort, Santa Cruz Mountains
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Monte Sereno Roots
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Beaver Dam, Truckee River, Tahoe
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Driftwood Sticks, Big Sur
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Paper Boats, Los Gatos Creek
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Horses, San Luis Obispo
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Rainbow Trout, Lake Tahoe
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Tree Fort, Monte Sereno
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Tires, Sierra Nevada
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Chaco Canyon Ruins, New Mexico