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A Return to Printmaking
After a long hiatus I've returned to printmaking, specifically etching.
Pulling a print from my etching "Three Beech Trees"
Etchings, or intaglio prints, are made by covering a copper plate with an acid-resistant ground, then creating a drawing by scratching through that ground with a metal stylus.
After drawing (see left), the plate is put into an etchant bath, where the chemical (most commonly ferric chloride), etches grooves into the exposed metal of the scratched-out drawing.

Finally the plate is cleaned, inked, and has dampened paper placed upon it before going through a high pressure printing press, where the softened paper literally bends into the ink-holding etched grooves, yielding a line quality like no other.
I'm working toward having an edition of Three Trees prints for sale following Thanksgiving - I'll be sure to let you know when these affordable artworks are ready!
Current Shows Afar
In what feels like a career peak, March Melt, Fitzsimmons Woods is on view at Philadelphia's Gross McCleaf Gallery. It's an honor to exhibit alongside my former Pafa professors in this highly esteemed gallery's group show.
Depicting the season that's just around the corner, these two little Parks paintings are on view at Platteville, WI's Rountree Gallery.
Upcoming Classes & Exhibitions

Winter Landscape Step-by-Step
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Class | December 2, 9, and 16 2021

Colored Pencil Birds
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Class | March 2022

Milwaukee Pastoral: Beth Stoddard Paints the Milwaukee County Parks
Wauwatosa Public Library Exhibition | March 2022

Portraits Drawn from Life
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Class | April 2022
Painters who Printed
One could more succinctly write about painters who didn't print. Renowned 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt near enough invented the medium of etching. Numerous artists have since followed in his footsteps (or etched lines) by creating intaglio prints alongside their painting practice.
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Le Lac, etching on chine-collé paper, 4 7/8" x 5 3/4", printed 1861.
From pre-impressionist Corot's delicate 'paysages' to modernist Morandi's signature still lifes, great painters yet found interest in the graphic, linear, and tonal qualities of intaglio printmaking. The finest of these prints stand alongside the more well-known canvasses, conversing with them, adding another dimension to the artists' favored motifs.
Partially in response to such oeuvres, I have been itching to etch. What would the beauties of Fitzsimmons Woods look like interpreted not only through painting and drawing, but also through etching?
(Right: Giorgio Morandi, Still Life with Five Objects, etching, approx. 5.5"x8", 1956) 
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait in a Cap, Open-Mouthed and Wide-Eyed, etching on paper,  approx. 2" x 2", 1630.
The incomparable etchings of Rembrandt spurred my initial interest in the medium. I've since learned of many more praiseworthy painter-printmakers.
The plein air season has wrapped up - here's one of the last from this month.
Thank you for reading and looking.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Until next time,
Copyright © 2021 Beth Stoddard, painter. All rights reserved.

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Milwaukee, WI 53219

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