Big Sur River

Big Sur River
Artwork Width:  2.00in.
Artwork Height: 2.00in.
Price: $90.00
Description

There is a fascinating little beach in Big Sur where the Big Sur River flows into the sea.  In this view, I have my back to the ocean and am looking toward the path, leading inland from the beach, that follows closely by the side of the river and it is almost like entering a cave of greenery.  The river is quite small in the summer and forms a pool on the sand a few yards from the sea.  This tiny image was made specifically to enter in the Biennial International Miniature Print Competition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut,  where the maximum size for an image is 4 square inches - that is, no larger than 2 inches on a side.  "Big Sur River" won the 2nd place award in the show in 2011.

“Big Sur River” is an etching,  a form of original print, created using etching and aquatint techniques. Nitric acid was used to etch the design into a zinc plate to create the image. The plate was then inked by hand and wiped with rags to remove excess ink, revealing the highlights of the design. Damp paper was then laid over the plate and covered with several soft blankets made of felt.  This package was pulled through a double roller press, forcing the paper fibers deep into the plate, transferring the ink from the etched areas to the paper. The plate must be entirely cleaned before it can be inked and printed again.

“Big Sur River”  is available unframed in a signed limited edition of 25 original hand-pulled prints, printed on RGerman Etching paper.  It is matted with archival rag mat board and mounted on archival foam board. Image size is 2" X 2" and mounted size is 8” x 10”.

Artist's Info

Julianne Ricksecker
Julianne Ricksecker
Original Printmaking, Monotype, Pastel, Watercolor
2004

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