This silkscreen print emerged after I had made several prints based on pine beetle galleries. I started with a colour photograph of a blaze cut into tree bark on the trail to Mount Murray, just outside Wells.
After changing it to greyscale, I “posterized” the image with five tonal thresholds.
The next step was to generate film positives and make photostencils.
The first screen was a split gradient for a solid, printed background. Then I printed the darker positives with lighter inks and vice versa until I ended up with this:
Months later, while making an espresso in the gallery, I looked down at the drip bowl that sits under the machine and saw this:
Ok, not quite the same pattern and colours as the silkscreen print, but a visual cousin 😉
Back to the pine beetle bark.
This section intrigued me; something seemed familiar.
Following my same work flow, I changed the photo to black and white, posterized it, then created the film positives to make photostencils.
Here’s the resulting print:
Which reminds me of this view of Cascade Mountain as seen from downtown Banff, Alberta:
Again, not quite the same, but reminiscent enough for me 😉