Blackrock Editions is now accepting reservations for my next print release Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye. It is a copperplate soft ground etching with aquatint and spit-bite techniques. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Navajo Water Project. When Blackrock approached me on a collaboration for their Progressive Print Project―prints with an aim towards donating part of the sales to a charity of the artist’s choosing―I felt honored and delighted to be able to help in some small way. The plight of the Navajo Nation and the Native American community in New Mexico during this pandemic has touched me deeply especially because of friends who have suffered losses and illness. I asked a Navajo friend how I could help when I learned of the print collaboration and she very graciously sent me a list of organizations. After many months of work (with the added challenges of socially distanced collaboration) and several iterations of printers and artist proofs we are finally able to offer it to the public.

Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye
2020, etching, aquatint, spit-bite
image size 8×6 inches, paper size 16×14 inches
Edition 40
For information on reserving your print, email: info@breditions.com

My friend Lisa’s grandmother provided the Navajo symbolism behind the hummingbird: “The hummingbird represents ability to perform quickly with beauty in whatever the task. So if you catch one, hold gently and bless yourself with it saying a prayer….It’s name is k’aa loo gii…”

Etchings are prints made from designs drawn on prepared metal plates such as copper, which are then incised with the use of acid. Rembrandt produced some 300 etchings in his lifetime. Soft-ground etchings or vernis mou became popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, its pencil and chalk like impressions particularly suited to the works of Thomas Gainsborough and Edgar Degas. The technique is begun by the artist drawing a design on a piece of paper laid on top of a copper plate prepared with a soft ground (as opposed to a hard ground which is directly incised upon with a sharp tool). The copper plate is then exposed or etched by soaking it in an acid bath. Successive etching of the plate is further done through the use of aquatint (an even layer of tone) and also spit-bite (directly painting on the plate with acid).

This is my third collaboration with master printer Steve Campbell. Here are the two other prints available.

The First Jasmines
paper size 22×19 inches, image size 16×13 incheson Somerset Grey paper
5-color lithograph on aluminum substrate.edition 30.
in collaboration with Landfall Press. 2020.
for purchase inquiries please contact Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe
Email: meyersfnm@aol.com
The Watchers
2020, 4-color lithograph, edition of 14
paper size: 30×22 inches / image size: 26×17 inches
Collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press during March-October 2020
for purchase inquiry, please contact Blackrock Editions
email: info@breditions.com
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