Peter Jogo

Peter Jogo

State College, PA
Song of Route 14, Mezzotint
10.75 x 11

For me, the mezzotint medium is the “metal” version of pastel….complete control over subtle gradations of value and color. Song of Route 14 is a color landscape done with four steel plates. Information for the image was gleaned from a half-dozen photos. Each plate is initially grounded using a one-hundred dots per inch rocker. Once the key (black) plate has been scraped and burnished to satisfaction, it is inked and printed. Using a simple registration system, the key image is then offset printed onto each of the pre-grounded color plates. This gives a good guide for working up the supporting color plates in relation to the key plate…and to each other. Lots of proofing and re-working of all plates ensues until the piece is considered finished. The plates are printed in succession – wet into wet and light to dark (e.g. yellow, red-orange, blue-gray, black).