After spending eight hours grinding down the stone, I applied gum arabic around the borders to create a 22" X 30" area to create my image. The problem was, I had no idea what I wanted to put in that space I had already invested so much time in preparing. The added fact that I only had a couple days to conceptualize and print a stone lithograph alongside two renowned lithographers didn't help, either.
Here is what I knew: I wanted the image to bleed to the edges of the paper, so no borders. I also wanted the image to reflect the environment in which I was staying, and incorporate plein air philosophy. How do you carry a litho stone out to San Xavier? I was also fascinated by my newfound discovery of milagros. I knew these needed to play a part some way or another (they have yet to, but I have ideas).
I ended up using a sketch I had drawn on location at San Xavier earlier in the week. It's been awhile since I've referenced a sketch, instead of sticking to direct observation when working on a plate. Now I was faced with re-creating a ten minute drawing on 5" X 7" paper and converting it into a 22" X 30" image format. Over the course of a couple hours this is what I came up with.