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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 7

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 7

I took a hiatus from etching for the last month. I finished this today. The Virgin’s mouth is a bit fuzzy, but I think I’ll leave it that way. It was arguably the worst day of her life. A sword pierced her heart. Now I…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 4

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 4

I did a lot of scraping and burnishing for this proof. No etching bath for this one. I toyed with the idea of soft ground, but I may not need it. I’m getting the tenebrism I want without it. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 3

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 3

The print is just beginning to solidify. I’ve taken my time with this print. The subject matter is very important, and it is paramount, for me at least, to give it the weight it deserves. The figure of Jesus is starting to gel, and I…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 1

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION PROOF 1

The first proof usually doesn’t merit a trip to a scanning bed. In keeping with that, I just took a pic with a phone camera and fooled around with it on the phone’s Photoshop app. The first proof usually doesn’t merit a trip to a…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY DAY 3

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY DAY 3

Major revision. Erased the two figures on the sides in the foreground and moved St. Mary Magdalene over to the right. I was able to reveal the Blessed Virgin’s entire body and give her a place to plant her feet. The elimination of the figure…

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LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY

LE SUITE GESU: CRUCIFIXION STUDY

For the past nineteen days or so I’ve been struggling with this, first in my mind, and then on paper. It started out as 12x18in. but I cut it down, There was too much going on. I had Roman soldiers reacting to the earthquake and…

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LE SUITE GESU: WHAT DO WE PAINT?

LE SUITE GESU: WHAT DO WE PAINT?

In a documentary on the New York School, Barnett Newman states the problem of post-war art: what do you paint? I think the same problem exists today. Post-modernsim has created a strange conundrum in that every voice is equal. Everyone has something to say, but…

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LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY NOTES

LE SUITE GESU: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY NOTES

Today Pope John XIII and Pope John Paul II are canonized. They were already saints, forged in the lives they both led. Lives of holiness and an openness to the Spirit of God. I was at a marriage retreat in March, and as we were…

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LE SUITE GESU: EASTER FRIDAY NOTES

LE SUITE GESU: EASTER FRIDAY NOTES

Looking at the landscape, I’ve pondered why I must do what I’m doing. I’d be something of an automaton if I didn’t wonder about that. But I’m a teacher. I deal with adolescents daily, and I understand what is happening to the culture. We are…

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LE SUITE GESU: EASTER THURSDAY NOTES

LE SUITE GESU: EASTER THURSDAY NOTES

It is quite impossible to love the Blessed Virgin Mary too much, for we can never match how much Jesus Christ loves her. She is, as Wordsworth writes, our tainted nature’s solitary boast. The Virgin Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost With the least shade…

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