Phillips printed open-ended editions, each print numbered in sequence and dated so that one can document changes in the plate
as well as changes in ink color and hand coloring. The etching to the right is also known in a hand-colored version.
the 1947 "Grand Canyon" that follows, the etched lines provide the structure for the watercolor. In the 1950 version of the plate,
the sky and shadowing is put into the plate directly with aquatint. There is quite a difference in the feel of the two prints.
Etching, Granite Mountain, 1952. This print has the highest number, 56, of any Phillips etching that I have seen.
Most of her plates appear to be etched, although one is all drypoint and "Thumb Butte [with ranch and horses]" shows drypoint for the finest needles on the pine (closeup below shows darker etched lines to right and lower left, lighter drypoint lines in center).
Claire Dooner Phillips