In the studio yesterday, I worked simultaneously on two plates, which may not have been the best idea. Above is the proof of my first aquatint. Overall fairly successful, although (because I was dividing my time and thoughts) I failed to pay proper attention to etching times for the medium greys (eg: the house on the far right was meant to be a fair amount darker than it is.) I shall remedy that in some way. The sky will also need some work (planned), to bring out some lighter areas- either as clouds or perhaps a gradient, being white at the rooftops and grading upward to the grey tone.
See the line etching, again, prior to aquatint:
original proof of the line etching
The other plate I was working on had some false bites -little bits in the sky- that need to be cleaned up. Also, the first line etch of 5 minutes came out darker than I’d hoped; I think because I was still using a lot of pressure, not yet having quite learned how little is needed. But on the whole I think this one was quite successful, and I may forego aquatint on this one altogether, but just lighten up some of the background image.
Tree & house in snow, first proof. 7.25″ x 9.25″