sticks and stones

Sticksandstones

sticks and stones by brent haddock, hand-colored intaglio-type etching, 12” x 9”, variable edition of 5, $190 unframed

My Inspiration

“Sticks and Stones” is an original etching from my Wasatch River Rock Series. I am fascinated by the challenge of finding everyday, mundane object that can be presented in such a way as to motivate the viewer to look beyond the obvious and find hidden beauty and meaning. The subject matter for this piece (rocks) is truly simple and yet the values, hues and textures produce a sense of drama. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead… his eyes are closed.” –Albert Einstein

My Working Process

After photographing my rock subject matter, I look for pleasing compositions that not only have good black and white value relationships but also can stand alone as great compositions. This print was cropped from a much larger photographic composition. Over the years, as an art educator at a local college, I became very fascinated by teaching black and white photography and have chosen to include it in my prints. Rocks are a perfect subject matter for establishing light and dark drama. After printing the etching on rag paper I had a fun time painting the earthy watercolor washes. None of the five prints are painted the same; each is unique!   ~ brent

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