These two etching have a touch of hand colouring applied after printing, both involving gouache. I also applied a rollover of relief ink before printing so that there weren’t any white areas until I touched them up using a brush. The Tachisme one is probably the first of a series of prints in which the structure of trees creates an overall surface of intersecting lines with areas of light or colour appearing between the network of branches. I have worked on watercolour and gouache pieces in a similar vein also.
The Silver Birch is one of my favourite trees. They often seem quite luminous and evoke a haunting atmosphere. My tree etching and paintings usually include trees as darker elements against a lighter background, but Silver Birch trees call for a different approach, emphasising their seemingly internal glow.
Both of the above etchings can be bought from my Etsy page or directly from me.