Brian Kreydatus

Brian Kreydatus

Williamsburg, VA
Second Thanksgiving, Etching
18 x 21

“Second Thanksgiving” started as a hard-ground etching on a copper plate.
I drew the turkey directly on the plate from observation after Thanksgiving dinner.
I initially etched the plate at five different time intervals to give a wide variety to the weight of the etched lines.

I added my two year old daughter’s head above the edge of the table. I like the implied narrative of these two polar opposites and how the edge of the table divides them horizontally into two different but inter-connected worlds.

Once all the narrative elements were in place, I pushed the plate through many states of etching, drypoint, roulette, burnishing, and scraping. As is typical of my working practice, I worked on-and-off on this plate for about a year.
The final image was printed on Murillo paper with a brown ink made with Gamblin Portland Black and Graphic Chemical Indian Red etching ink.