We see a lot of pictures of reindeer around Christmastime. Why reindeer? Well, they are beautiful, silently alert in the snow and they have a mysterious, majestic quality that I love. Not that I’ve ever actually seen one. But creatures in the imagination are that much more powerful, don’t you think?
This picture of a deer comes from an ancient Native American petroglyph.
I lay out the colors on three plates, and use different combinations for each print. There’s a delicate balance between getting an atmospheric effect, and erring too faint or too dark. Each one is a surprise to me.