Marfa Water Tower + Century Plants (gold) on 18x24 paper
While experimenting on how to get the relief print images I carve onto other surfaces (like fabric and metal), I found that having screens burned to screen print the images was the way to go. Then I decided to make prints and add some hand embellished elements to give them all a unique look. This is one of the end results: a screen print of the relief print image I carved, hand painted so that each one is a little different!
I used water-based ink to print on a thick, acid-free, watercolor paper that's 24" wide and 18 inches tall. It's a good standard size so you can easily pick up a frame to put it in.
I live 24 minutes away from Marfa and love going there often- it's a beautiful town that bustles during festivals and art openings but otherwise is a sleepy small town. The downtown is beautiful, historic, and is crowned with the peach-colored courthouse. The Marfa water tower looms close by, with it's silvery barrel often glowing from the West Texas sky. It's not only a well-known image in these parts, but also an iconic symbol of small towns.
Century plant agaves are pretty spectacular. The end of life for the plant, but what a way to leave with a bang! The stalks are thick and tall, the blooms go from a chartreuse green to a more golden flower. I decided to do two color versions- one I paint with yellow ochre with hints of golden brown, the other is chartreuse with shades of green. This listing is for the yellow ochre/brown version.
*A relief print is made using a carved block that was created by carving out the negative space, leaving the positive space to pick up ink to transfer to a surface. A screen print is made by pulling ink through a stretched screen that has the negative space blocked out so that the ink can flow through the open mesh where the design is!
Prints are mailed flat