About “Whiteness”

The Inspiration

Queen Anne’s Lace, also known as Wild Carrot, is a flower that grows wild and is also cultivated in many home gardens.  It grows around the world.  This screenprint of Queen Anne’s’ Lace nestled among sun-dappled leaves is based on a photograph taken at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park in 2010. 

The title for the print, “Whiteness”, is taken from the poem, “Queen Anne’s Lace”, by William Carlos Williams, which reads in part:

                                    “Her body is not so white as 
                                     anemone petals nor so smooth--nor 
                                     so remote a thing. It is a field 
                                     of the wild carrot taking 
                                     the field by force; the grass 
                                     does not raise above it. 
                                     Here is no question of whiteness, 
                                     white as can be, with a purple mole 
                                     at the center of each flower.” 

The Print

This is a twelve color print.  Light grey yellow, yellow, grey yellow for the flowers, off-white and light grey for Queen Anne’s Lace, medium grey for branches, four shades of green for the sun-dappled leaves, orange brown and greenish black for highlights.

The prints were made on Arches 88 paper.  Images are 10¾” x 14¼” on 15” x 22½” sheets. Speedball Acrylic Screen Printing Inks were used.  Adobe Photoshop was used for developing the twelve plates for screenprinting.  Six prints are included in the edition.  The project was completed in February 2012.

The Print Progression

The print progression showing the development of “Whiteness” is shown in four figures.  The first figure on the left below shows the first three layers: Light grey yellow, yellow, grey yellow.  The figure on the right shows three additional layers, off-white and light grey, Queen Anne’s Lace, and medium grey for the branches.  The image on the lower left includes the first two of four green layers for the leaves.  The bottom right image shows the addition of two green layers for the sun-dappled leaves, orange brown layer, and the final greenish black layer.  This is the final print.
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