Cyanotype print of clothesline drawing. ©2013 Andrea Sutrick
Living in Florida, I found a perfect match in marrying my love of photography and dealing with the heat and humidity of July and August. Little did I know my exploration would meet many stops at the hands of sporadic thunderstorms and record breaking rainfall in just weeks. Working in a dimly lit garage, I painted the cyanotype papers. Of course, I did this with care with goggles, apron, and air circulation, as I wanted to be careful using the chemicals. The papers laid to dry overnight, then I packed them tightly into the paper jacket and clipped them firmly together. The mad scientist papers found a nice home underneath my bed until the sun would return. I began one Saturday morning testing different exposure times. With each exposure, I would carry them inside and rinse them in a continuous running water bath for 10 minutes. As they dried on the rack in my garage, the blue hue deepened. I tested various transparencies of my drawings, photographs, and textures. I love the immediacy of cyanotype. It is less fussy and forgiving, yet allows me to remember my first time in the Photo I darkroom (just 2 years ago - oh, I haven't lived!) I love the historical feel that the process conveys in some pieces. The blue tone is friendly yet directional too, finding its way into many an old blueprint. This has been a welcome process to my artist's soul. Trying something new. Researching like mad; experimenting to no avail. Challenging myself to try several subject types. After completion, I spread all the prints on the floor for comparison. I couldn't help but to find joy. Learning always humbles me; makes me new again; grounds me, plus it helps me work up a good tan.
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