‘A Fox Called Hope’ is a drypoint painting tinted with watercolour of a red fox and two sunflowers in a folk art style.
Image size 130 x130mm printed on 600gsm paper size 230 x 230mm. Fits perfectly into Ikea’s Hovsta frame. An edition of 11 handmade original drypoints, each tinted with watercolour.
What is a drypoint?
Drypoint is a printmaking technique that allows an artist to make multiple original images. Each painting is handprinted and unique with slight variations in each copy. Discover more about drypoint printmaking.
Here’s a brief description of how it’s possible to make multiple original images using this technique.
I cut a small ‘plate’ (that is, a substrate from which I can print) from a sheet of polypropylene and incise and scratch the design into it using a sharp point.
The plate is inked using vegetable based etching ink.
The plate is then wiped to remove the excess ink and leave the ink in the little grooves which I scratched into it.
The inked plate is placed on my press and a sheet of damp paper put over it.
The whole lot is then wound through the press. The enormous pressure forces the damp paper fibres into all the grooves and marks on the plate to create the image.
The plate has to be re-inked and re-wiped with each impression.
I love the process. It’s fun!
Each print is slightly different depending on how I’ve wiped it – so each one is completely original, and of course, entirely hand made.
Once they’re dry, I hand-tint each each print with watercolour. Again, each is everso slightly different.
When you visit the University of Oxford’s Natural History Museum its a job to know where to look - at the marvellous exhibits? Or at the magnificent architecture? In this painting you'll spot a dodo, some dinosaur footprints, the swifts that nest in the tower, a dinosaur skeleton and so much more! My favourite bit is the frog in the jar. What's your's? The title comes from Charles Darwin's book 'The Origin of Species' in which he wrote of his theory of evolution by natural selection: "There is grandeur in this view of life..." The print is last one of a limited edition (of 4) hand-made drypoint tinted with watercolour - 450mm x 700mm.