StudioCC Original Copperplate Etchings Gallery ~ featuring the works of Catherine Colsher
The works featured in this gallery are created using the 15th century technique of Etching
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  • Nocturne
    Title NOCTURNE
    Edition 195 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 15.75 X 23.5 inches
    Price $600

    How An Etching Is Created

    The technique of etching dates back to the fifteenth century and is a very labor intensive process. Because it requires time and perseverance to master this art form, it is not pursued by many artists, but to the fine art collector, etching is one medium which can be appreciated for its aesthetic appearance as well as the centuries-old process used to create it.

    Depending upon the image size, the creation of an etching plate can take months before the final image can be realized and viewed by the artist. The completion of the plate is just part of the entire process involved in creating the final work, with each step adding a new dimension to the finished etching.

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    Plate Drawing

    The technique of Etching dates back to the 15th Century and are enjoyed for their beauty as well as the labor intensive process used to create them.

    Shown here, I am using a sewing needle to draw my image on a copper plate before immersing the plate into an acid bath to further define my drawn lines.

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  • Title MORNING MOON
    Edition 280 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 9.5 X 5.25 inches
    Price $150
  • Title EVENING SUN
    Edition 280 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 9.5 X 5.25 inches
    Price $150
  • Title EVENING WALK
    Edition 50 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 11.75 X 19.75inches
    Price $450
    /*GALLERY TWO BEGINS HERE*/
  • Title SOLITUDE
    Edition 100 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 9.75 X 11.75 inches
    Price $350

    "I have always been drawn to black and white images, in both photography and artwork. In some ways an image void of color can convey so much and yet allow the viewer to interpret it and form their own impressions. So I naturally gravitated toward the etching medium and the works of the Old Masters, especially Rembrandt and Durer.Some artists exploring this medium today have taken etching to a whole new level with the advent of photo etching, however I choose to create my etchings employing the 15th century hand drawn method, sometimes incorporating Aquatinting as well as hand tinting the finished etching with watercolors.

    The subject matter for my etchings has always been landscapes ~ more specifically trees void of their leaves. I was drawn to the etching process because of the fine detail one could achieve, and the bare tree makes the perfect model if you’re into drawing intricate, complex things. There's nothing more beautiful than a single majestic tree perched on top of a hill, with all of its branches reaching out silhouetted against the sky.

    There are many different steps needed to create an etching, some of which have nothing to do with the creative aspects of the finished piece but nonetheless crucial to achieve a successful work of art. The amount of time that goes into an etching can equal months of work, so it certainly isn't a medium an artist would tackle if looking for immediate results. For me it is a labor of love, and the challenges that come with creating each new etching. The payoff for many days of work is realized when the first etching is pulled from the inked plate, and seeing the fruits of your efforts. It's a reward that an artist doesn't get working in other mediums. To learn more about this intriguing artform, please click here


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    There are many stages in the creation of an etching. Following the drawing process, the copper plate is placed in a bath of acid which will further define the etching image. While the plate is bitten by the acid, feathering the surface prevents bubbles and sediment from resting in the grooves of the plate.

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  • Title HILLTOP MAJESTY
    Edition 150 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 25.75 X 11.75 inches
    Price $600
  • Title CATALPA SUNRISE
    Edition 280 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 17.75 X 13.75 inches
    Price $450
  • Title SERENITY CREEK
    Edition 250 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 7.75 X 4.75inches
    Price $150
    /*GALLERY THREE BEGINS HERE*/
  • Title AMETHYST ECHOES
    Edition 280 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 16.75 X 24.75 inches
    Price $600

    There are many different steps needed to create an etching, some of which have nothing to do with the creative aspects of the finished piece but nonetheless crucial to achieve a successful work of art. The amount of time that goes into an etching can equal months of work, so it certainly isn't a medium an artist would tackle if looking for immediate results. For me it is a labor of love, and the challenges that come with creating each new etching. The payoff for many days of work is realized when the first etching is pulled from the inked plate, and seeing the fruits of your efforts. It's a reward that an artist doesn't get working in other mediums.

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    Once the drawing is completed & the plate has been sufficiently bitten in the acid bath, ink is applied to the plate surface which is then hand wiped, leaving ink in the bitten grooves. Meanwhile, fine art etching paper is soaked in water to prepare for the transfer of the inked image from the plate.

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  • Title MOONLIGHT WEEPING
    Edition 100 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 11.75 X 9.5 inches
    Price $350
  • Title QUIET PASSAGE
    Edition 175 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 15.5 X 7.5 inches
    Price $350
    /*GALLERY FOUR BEGINS HERE*/
  • Title EVENTIDE
    Edition 100 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 8.75 X 11.75 inches
    Price $300
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    Shown here, the final step in the printing of etching plate

    The plate is placed on the press bed with damp paper cushioned with felt blankets. After being subjected to the extreme pressure of the press, the image of the drawn etching is finally realized.

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  • Title SOLAR DESCENT
    Edition 195 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 15.75 X 23.5 inches
    Price $600
  • Title SOL ~ GENESIS
    Edition 75 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 5.75 X 4.25 inches
    Price $125
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    Once the image has been transferred from the inked plate to paper, hand coloring enhances the completed etching.

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  • Title NEPTUNE ~ GENESIS
    Edition 75 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 5.75 X 4.25 inches
    Price $125
  • Title TERRA ~ GENESIS
    Edition 75 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 5.75 X 4.25 inches
    Price $125
  • Title TEMPEST ~ GENESIS
    Edition 100 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 5.75 X 4.25 inches
    Price $125
  • Genesis
    Title GENESIS SERIES
    Edition 275 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 5.75 X 4.25 inches (each etching)
    Price $500
    /*GALLERY FIVE BEGINS HERE*/
  • Title THROUGH THE MIST
    Edition 100 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 6 X 9 inches
    Price $150
  • Title WEEPING REFLECTIONS
    Edition 100 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 11.75 X 9.5 inches
    Price $350
  • Title CEDAR MARSH
    Edition 300 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 5.25 X 9.5 inches
    Price $150
  • Spring Prelude
    Title SPRING PRELUDE
    Edition 290 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 16.5 X 9.5 inches
    Price $375
  • Title MOONLIT MARSHES OF GLYNN
    Edition 75 signed & numbered
    Dimensions 11.75 X 25.5 inches
    Price

    $400

    Aquatint is a variety of etching used to achieve a broad range of tonal values. The process is called aquatint because finished prints often resemble watercolour or charcoal drawings. The technique consists of exposing a copperplate to acid through a layer of melted granulated resin. The acid bites away the plate only in the areas between the resin grains, leaving an evenly pitted surface that yields broad areas of tone when the grains are removed and the plate is printed. An infinite number of tones can be achieved by exposing various parts of the plate to acid baths of different strengths for different periods of time. Etched or engraved lines are often used in combination with aquatint to achieve a more detailed etching.

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