"Falcon" 2014
Multi layer hand printed screen print on archival paper.
Closed limited edition of 20

I really like making test prints, it's one of the many joys of screen printing. When you are printing an edition- or anything for that matter- you typically print the image a few times on scrap paper or the back of something or whatever you have lying around. I like the randomness that happens with test prints, layers from different editions pile up and create a new print.

Based on my experiences with the randomness of test prints I decided to use that as a jumping off point for creating a new edition print. I cut down paper, applied registration tabs and then I printed one of the patterns. Then I printed it again, and again, and again. More times that I can count. I continued mixing shades of blue and green until the paper was completely filled up.

Each of the 20 of the edition are alike, but within the whole print is the creative process that happens when you don't know what's going to happen next from laying down multiple test layers. After I determined that there were enough layers I added a photograph I had taken of a Falcon Skull rendered in tiny half tone dots to set off the pattern. Thousands of tiny dots line up to create the shadows and highlights. When I printed the falcon a wonderful subtle relief pattern was revealed by the layers of accumulated ink. This is another one of the beautiful effects of hand printing verses digital. Each layer of ink is a separate physical layer of ink and a texture slowly builds up.

I print all of my prints at my studio in the Los Angeles Mountains. I am inspired by my surroundings, the greater Los Angeles area and often the wildlife just out my studio door. This print is signed, dated and will ship in a card board tube. This is a closed edition; once they are gone there will not be any more.

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