Model and Chair by Ruthie V. 10×8″ drypoint on grey BFK What a great day! Nikki and I hung out in the studio and made drypoint prints. The image above was my favorite of the day. It was scratched into plexiglass using 220 grit sandpaper and a diamond tipped scribe, then printed on grey BFK. I was originally intending to paint the composition, but thought it’d be interesting to sketch it as a print first. Today was drypoint. I might try making it into a woodblock as well. This could be a new studio practice for me: printmaking as a pre-step before painting. When I draw, print, or paint an image, I engage in various forms of problem solving. The wider variety of problem solving, the more forms I see my ideas take, the more I hone in on what I want to pull out of the image. I can already tell my painting will be easier to paint, and better. Also, great ideas and good compositions are not easy to come by, and this way I get to make more with my favorite images. I’m excited about this. I’ve already started several more drypoints of new painting references. We’ll see what happens.