A blend of oil based, French inks were employed in this etching, which was printed on RivesBFK white paper. The techniques of intaglio, aquatint, and Chine collè all unite and bestow this winter scene with a poignant and tranquil mood. The work, printed on a zinc plate that measured nine inches high by twelve inches wide or 22.860cm by 30.480cm, required three individual baths in nitric acid. The print itself measures about thirteen inches high by seventeen inches wide, or 33.020cm by 43.180cm. It ships in a mat and frame whose size is about eighteen inches by twenty-four inches, or 45.720cm by 60.960cm.
This specific print, Number ONE of Five, is from the THIRD Edition. The first three editions are limited to five etchings. A mulberry bark paper from Thailand—infused with Japanese kozo threads and treated with methylcellulose—was employed in the Chine colle process. I used a Charles Brand industrial sized floor press, which was made in New York City. This work is based on original drawings adapted from a photograph I shot in 1990 while living in Madrid. I drove to this Italian village, Lama dei Peligni in the Central Province of Abruzzi, to explore the area where my paternal grandfather was born in the late 1800s.
After printing this Third Edition, I decided to change the number of my editions from FOUR to FIVE. I wanted to add a nighttime sky and moon in the final two editions Edition IV and V. This means that I will re-work the zinc plate and add another Nitric acid bath.
Intaglio, Italy, Village, Abruzzo, Snow Scene, Mulberry Bark Paper, Etching Ink On Paper, Original Printmaking