I did two different versions of this first color proof last night and this morning (three printings total). The top one has one solid green, but the clouds have both blue and black markings in them.
The second one has a lighter, yellow green rolled on top of the foreground trees, and only blue markings in the clouds. I took the photos in pretty bad light, so they're more yellow than they should be, but you can see the main elements.
I think I like the two different greens, but I can't decide yet which version of the clouds I like better.
I was trying to be economical with my good paper and did these proofs on newsprint, but I've learned that floppy, thin newsprint is more difficult to register (put in the press in the same place every for each printing), so unfortunately, I think I'm going to have to use the stiffer paper anyway and see how things line up before I do much refining. There's a bit of movement in both of these proofs, but I'm going to have to get more information before cutting away things I can't put back. Sigh. Live and learn.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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