Marfa Water Tower + Century Plants (green) 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 chartreuse/green 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