Here’s another in my series of Venice Cityscape. Introduction The architecture of Venice is testament to the fact that it … More
So in an attempt to capture the Venice I have loved and enjoyed over many years I embarked on a series of soft ground etches, before the City I know disappears forever.
The increase in flooding in Venice is due to the combined effects of land subsidence causing the city to sink, and climate change causing the global sea level to rise. Whenever water breaks through the stone damp-courses that protect most Venetian buildings, it seeps into the porous brickwork. All over Venice, walls are dissolving. Foundations are being scoured out by quick-flowing tides and the effects of wakes from large cruise ships. Is Venice to be the next lost Atlantis?
Below is an edition of 6 dry point etches on soft ground, of a gondolier on one of the canals in Venice, carrying not tourists, but goods along the Venetian waterways. The gondolier in the etch was on open water on the stretch between Venice itself and the Cemetery of San Michele.
Most of the buildings date back to the 13th and 18th centuries. Venice’s little alleyways create its unique charm. It’s a city labyrinth made of islands, canals, pedestrian alleys and bridges. My aim in this series of etches is to capture the Venice I have loved and enjoyed over many years, before it disappears for ever.
The owner of the home where I stayed last time I was in Venice said, “make sure you’re back by nine, otherwise you’ll get wet feet”. Early in the morning I could see people brushing away the water from inside the ground-floor rooms of their homes. This constant threat of flooding combined with a declining population, floods of tourists, water pollution and congestion makes for an unhappy mix.
I have done some damage in the past to tools using traditional ‘slip stones’. Lino carving tools are so much finer and require a finer sharpening method. So recently in my search for a good sharpening system I came across the Slip Strop made by Flexcut (US made) which, they state, is ‘an easy way for creating and maintaining carving tool’s razor edge’. I bought the set on Amazon and it arrived a few days later.
For the collector, the nearer to number “1” the better. This is when the burr is at its most optimal, creating an image of soft feathery lines. Usually when printing a limited edition will be very similar in terms of color.
The etches here are the very first print taken from the PVC dry point etched sheet. You can see quite clearly that the lines and edges have produced a lovely full line. I am a real fan of this technique, I think it produces a very romantic finish.