Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Notes on matting

  • It's harder than it looks.
  • If step 1 goes well, don't be overly optimistic about step 2.
  • Start out with 10 or 12 sharp pencils. If the phone rings or the cat wants to go out, you're gonna lose your pencil.
  • Measure twice, cut once. Be prepared to start over.
  • If for some misguided reason you're double-matting with black over white, find some way to keep your hands clean (the black rubs off on everything).
  • Expect to drink more coffee (or beer, depending on the time of day) and smoke more cigarettes than usual.
  • Do not, repeat DO NOT put your drink down near your workstation.

This is a field sketch of Bill's dated 1951. I "float-matted" it on white to reveal the ragged edges characteristic of a field sketch. Then double matted it with off-white over black.

I like the result. If I don't use it for the show we're mounting at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, I'll use it in my bedroom.

Other pictures that may make it to the show:

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