Bill Ritchie Work in California
Anne Van Oppen Collection
Galleon Halfwood Press #3
2010. Galleon Halfwood Press. Serial No. 90003. Specifications: Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 5/16" thick polycarbonate, 9" x 26". The overall length is 27"; overall width is 13 3/4"; overall height is 15". Weight is 50 lbs.; Drive wheel is 12" diameter stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Woods used are Brazilian ipe, Australian jarrah, and Gaboon ebony. The pressure screws are linked so they are synchronized. The press includes three etching felts.
Artist's comment: Ann contacted me via e-mail in October of '09 and reserved No. 3. She was putting together a new studio. In the following months she sent me cards she printed in relief, some with special papers (see below). She's a member of the Los Angeles Print Society, in which you will find the following: "For as long as I can remember nature has been a primary interest of mine. I was fortunate to grow up in a place where hillsides were open and available. For nearly as long, I have been drawing and painting. Printmaking has captured my complete attention. I find it a wonderful way to capture the natural things that attract me and fix them in an artistic medium. Artist Contact.
Seasonal card by Anne Van Oppen
See the press tested before it left Seattle. Click here.
Anne made SEVEN videos of her collaboration with Lisa Toth, a New York artist. One can learn a lot here - like an hour's worth of non-toxic etching, galvanic etching, mixing Japanese woodcut color with etching and more!
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