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"The Stream At the Edge Of the Field." Etching, aquatint and drypoint on Arches 120 lb. hot-press watercolor paper.
Year: 2006.

I don't use models; I like to work from imagination. And what my imagination often shows me is those moments, or times, or places, where we step away from the city, to find some place where the big wild world out there has an easier time touching us. Here, one of us has found a place, a stream that flows by the edge of the field, where she can bathe in perfect peace.

Etching is a process which goes back several hundred years, to about the time of Rembrandt. A metal plate, usually copper, is coated with a thin waxy film, which resists acid. The image is scratched through the resist layer with a fine-pointed metal tool, and then the plate is placed in an acid bath, so that the acid can eat grooves into the metal, in the places that the lines were drawn. The plate is pulled from the acid, the resist layer is cleaned off, and a thin layer of ink is spread onto the plate. The ink is wiped off very carefully, with the edge of the palm, so that the ink is left in the grooves that the acid made, and cleaned from the rest of the plate. The plate is placed on the bed of an etching press, image side up, the paper (which has been moistened), is carefully placed over the plate, and layers of felt are placed over plate and paper. The press bed, with plate, paper, and felts on it, is then cranked under the press roller, which squeezes the felts and paper down onto the plate. This pressure pushes the moistened paper into the grooves where the ink is, and the paper picks up the ink. The print is pulled from the plate, and dried flat between blotter papers.

This is an artist's proof, not part of the edition.
Each print is numbered, titled, signed and dated.
Image size: 12" x 17"
Paper size: 20" x 26"

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The print will be shipped via USPS, sandwiched between non-acid papers, rolled inside a round cardboard tube, inside a 6" x 6" square mailing tube,

The Stream At the Edge of the Field. Original Hand-pulled Etching, with aquatint and drypoint.


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  • Materials: graphic chemical vine black etching ink, rives bfk paper
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