This etched diptych, or a double plate etching, contains the studio techniques of intaglio, drypoint, and aquatint. I blended five different colors of oil based, French etching ink and printed the image on a Light Blue paper, Stonehenge brand made in the UK. I positioned two zinc plates with a small separation space between them on the press to produce this image. Each plate measures 5 inches wide by 4 -inches high, or 12.700cm x 10.160cm.
Print size is 11 inches high by 10 inches wide. This atmospheric architectural image was inspired by an albumin print entitled, Mont Saint Michel Abbey, Fortified Bridge in Church Courtyard, created in 1865 by the Neurdein Brothers. Moreover, the image reminded me of the paintings I executed in Madrid, 1990. In this etching, as in my paintings, I balance light and shadow with planes and line in order to create a vibrating stillness. This image is based on a photo from the Cornell University A. D. White Architectural Photographs Collection. This is the third best print in the second edition of four editions, as noted on the print as in pencil as over 10, Edition II of IV. The first edition was executed in 2013, and the III and IV editions will be printed at a later date in different color inkpaper combination. Each edition will be limited to only TEN Prints. Please note that this etching is shipped to the collector without a frame or mat. This keeps the price low and allows the collector personal choice in matt selection and framing. A sturdy cardboard box is employed for shipping the work. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping carton and securely packed with bubble wrap. The Absolute Arts Dot Com price includes all handling costs, shipment supplies, and the coast of the shipment box. Mailing costs are added.
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