I've been working on prints in the last couple of months and today I am sharing two of the new ones. I've posted photos of long-billed dowitchers in the past after seeing them at Magnuson Park wetlands and at other shore areas in Washington. The bills (absurdly long) are made for probing deep into the mud, and their elegant legs carry them into shallow water. I've created a watercolor, a block print and now most recently an etching. I share them here. I love variations on a theme in music (Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Mozart's Twinke Variations, etc.)--and one of my favorite poems is Wallace Stevens's Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. I'm only up to three variations on the dowitcher, but perhaps more may come later! I printed the block print on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolor paper, with Charbonnel soft black ink, then hand-tinted it with watercolors. I used Magnani Pescia blue paper for the etching, and for the ink color mixed Charbonnel soft black with ultramarine blue. The block print expresses the bold contours of the bird, while the etching emphasizes the elegance of it, and merges the bird into its surroundings. Both, I hope, convey some sense of my delight in this wonderful creature.