Janet Fish, ‘Ordering Spring’, 1996, Stewart & Stewart

Ordering Spring was hand printed in fifteen colors at the Wing Lake Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.A. The fifteen progressive color separations were drawn by the artist, then screenprinted using an indirect sensigraphic stencil system. The printing sequence number is followed by the color name, color density level (1=transparent...10=opaque), color value level (1=lightest...10=darkest), and the developmental image.
SEQUENCE: 1) pale violet, 2, 3, select background & shadows, 2) cadmium yellow, 4, 2, primarily flower seed catalog, glass & pencil, 3) emerald green, 3, 4, select green & shadow areas, 4) scarlet red, 4, 4, catalog & select shadow areas, 5) pink, 2, 3, flowers & glassware, 6) medium yellow, 2, 3, secondary yellow areas, 7) pale pink, 2, 2, secondary pink areas, 8) light aqua/grey, 2, 3, field & select shadows, 9) yellow white, 2, 1, catalog page & select highlights, 10) background blue, 1, 2, background & cool toner, 11) brown, 2, 3, background marks & toner, 12) white, 3, 1, tint plate, 13) red wash, 1, 3, red articulation plate, 14) transparent raw umber, 1, 3, toner plate, 15) bread white, 5, 1, bread & final tint plate.

Series: Edition of 63 impressions

Image rights: Photo © www.StewartStewart.com 1996

Publisher: Stewart & Stewart

About Janet Fish

Janet Fish is a realist painter, best known for her still lifes of familiar and everyday objects like fruit, flowers, and glassware, which she sources from her home, travels, and flea markets. For Fish, however, the central subjects of her works are not the discrete objects, but the effects of light and “the complex relationship of color and form from one area of the painting to another. Eventually everything is intertwined.” The artist sometimes spends entire days creating arrangements of objects in different light to paint. She attributes her attraction to vivid color to time spent in Bermuda as a child. As a graduate student at Yale, Fish studied color theory with Josef Albers, and was particularly influenced by the works of Fairfield Porter and Alex Katz.

American, b. 1938, Boston, Massachusetts