Over the last few days I've managed a three color block almost from start to finish. I still have to do one more proof before I start printing in bulk. I want to make sure that the colors all line up, but I'm quite pleased with the process. Unlike the skinny columns of the Higbee Memorial in my Overton Park print, this one is more forgiving, with larger blocks of color, and the movement of the water makes very small registration wobbles unnoticeable. I'm going to try to get my technique for accuracy down with this one and then backtrack to finish up the first two.
I'm also pleased with how it looks on the brown paper. I had that in mind when I planned it, and it worked out as I had hoped. (Unlike the Overton Park print I'd planned for gray but decided looked better on cream instead.) I like the brown spaces being the darker shadows of the river and giving it that muddy, lazy, southern river feel that's so at home to me, since I live on the banks of the Big Muddy itself.
This river is in Arkansas, and it's one of my places I go for rest and sanctuary. We stay at the fabulous, Midtown-feeling River View Hotel in Calico Rock. I've done a whole series of paintings there, and I love getting my kayak out onto the cold, cold river and watching the white mist rise off its surface. We're hoping to get back over there in a couple of weeks, and I can't wait. Making art about places always transports me back to them mentally, so I'm ready for a couple of nights' getaway.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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