Stephen McMillan

Print Statement

Throughout his life, Steve Mcmillan has been inspired and sustained by the natural world and has spent much of his time outside. Whether it's a bike ride in the Bellingham area countryside, or a week-long backpacking trip in the high Sierra, he is renewed and invigorated by being in and moving through landscape. It is this sense of renewal that he seeks to share with others.

About the Process: 

Aquatint etching is a technique that produces a full tonal range and rich texture in etchings. An aquatint is created by etching sections, rather than lines, of a plate in order to create areas of uniform tone. An aquatint is prepared by applying resin or a similar ground to a metal plate, which is then heated, thus adhering the ground to the metal. This gives a roughness or grain to the plate which adds texture to the image. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath, which bites or etches the plate and creates areas which will hold the ink. The design is created with gradations of tone achieved through repeated acid baths combined with varnish used to stop out areas of lighter tone. Aquatint is an intaglio process, so prints made in this manner will have a platemark. Aquatinting, with its areas of tone, was often used to duplicate the feel of a watercolor. Aquatints were invented by Jean Baptiste Le Prince around 1768, but became especially popular among British printmakers in the first part of the nineteenth century.

The image size posted is image only, not paper size and the prices posted are unframed.

Video of Stephen explaining how he does the work:Click here

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Autumn Leaves

Print by Stephen McMillan

Geese

Print by Stephen McMillan

Venetian Red

Print by Stephen McMillan

The Lovers

Print by Stephen McMillan

Snow Bird

Print by Stephen McMillan

Sailing

Print by Stephen McMillan

Island View

Print by Stephen McMillan

Coastal Light

Print by Stephen McMillan

Drawing a Crowd

Print by Stephen McMillan

Boats

Print by Stephen McMillan

North Cascades

Print by Stephen McMillan

Rosario Strait

Print by Stephen McMillan

Chuckanut View

Print by Stephen McMillan

Distant Sea [West from Skyline Divide, Whatcom Co, WA]

Print by Stephen McMillan

Perfect Day

Print by Stephen McMillan

East From Orcas

Print by Stephen McMillan

Wild Sky

Print by Stephen McMillan

Harbor Music

Print by Stephen McMillan

Together

Print by Stephen McMillan

Glacier Divide

Print by Stephen McMillan

Inside Passage [Up to Alaska]

Print by Stephen McMillan

Winter Zen

Print by Stephen McMillan

Salish Sea

Print by Stephen McMillan

Bricole

Print by Stephen McMillan

Water Music

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Burano Dreams

Print by Stephen McMillan

Last Light

Print by Stephen McMillan

Beach Dance

Print by Stephen McMillan

Swan Song

Print by Stephen McMillan

Alpaca

Print by Stephen McMillan

Solstice

Print by Stephen McMillan

Pacific Cove

Print by Stephen McMillan

Foxtail Pines

Print by Stephen McMillan

Soltice

Print by Stephen McMillan

Island Journey

Print by Stephen McMillan

Cloud Dance

Print by Stephen McMillan

Nisqually Duck

Print by Stephen McMillan

Mt Shuskan [Mt Shuksan, from Skyline Divide, Whatcom Co, WA]

Print by Stephen McMillan

Chuckanut Fog

Print by Stephen McMillan

Mt Hood

Print by Stephen McMillan

Gathering

Print by Stephen McMillan

Haiku

Print by Stephen McMillan

View Artwork by Stephen McMillan in Person

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