A new bit of copper and a relaxed approach.
I scratched the plate a bit before I started, so it wasn't perfect, then looked at the scratches and used the plate the way they dictated. It felt fun putting the stop out down because I already had some marks. When I printed the plate I had a little bit of a eureka moment! The marks had freedom, movement and surface... all the stuff I constantly strive for, but usually overwork.
So the next stages were a mixture of trying to keep a light touch, not overworking things, but also maintaining the freedom in the mark making...
|hard ground line|
|'Brisk' 20 x 10cm|
A few people have seen this print and they all have their own interpretation of where the track is, the type of weather and how it feels to be there - I love that about these types of images, there's an ambiguity which allows the viewer to make it their own.
Now to maintain this approach, that's always the hard part.