Last Thursday I posted a sort of sneak peek of today's post, and I'm very happy to be able to follow it up today, because it means that I have finally completed an etching started what seems like ages ago.
Back in December I posted about cards I'd made for the holidays, and how the inspiration for them came from looking through old vacation photos from a trip to Romania. The reason why I was looking at those photos was to see pictures we'd taken in the town of Sighetu Marmaţiei during a big Christmas festival as a reference for making this etching. We happened to arrive in town the morning of a a big yearly festival where people come from all the surrounding villages wearing their towns' traditional Christmas pantomime costumes and then they perform local songs and things in front of a judge (a man dressed like a king from a fairy tale, crown and all). I can't be sure if anyone won anything though... because we got too caught up in the swirl of things. Costumed men sweeping women up beside them on decorated horses, little groups of musicians playing together, children tearing about through the crowds, and everywhere things to wonder at.
For this etching, I picked out some of my favourite things from that day, and put them all together. I don't even want to think about the things which made this such a long process (from late January until now)... things melting on my copperplate, etc. If I pull another print of this, I think I will make it a bit darker, because I'm afraid that some of the shading gets lost when the print isn't so dark. For example, the shadows in the folds of the accordion. But generally, I like it and I'm glad to have something I can hang up to make me think of that lovely day.