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Hello! I make etchings and paintings of San Francisco's legendary North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods. In particular, I love to capture the people here and the spirit of our street life.
I've been invited to have a San Francisco solo art show in 2016, and my goal is to create 10 to 12 lively new etchings for my art show.
In order to produce the new work, I plan to join a fully equipped San Francisco printmakers' co-op. Co-op fees, top quality 100% rag etching paper, inks, zinc etching plates, and frames will be required in order for me to realize this project.
Some of my etchings, all produced in 2014-2015, are offered in the Rewards column, and I'm hoping they find their way to your homes. All Rewards are pictured here, below, arranged for your consideration from lowest to highest pledge sums.
$10 PLEDGE - Two Color Art Cards
$25 PLEDGE - Art Poster
$25 PLEDGE - A GOOD copy of an original etching triptych
$60 PLEDGE - Choose one of these three original etchings
$125 PLEDGE - Choose one of these three original etchings
$175 PLEDGE - Choose one of these four original etchings
$250 PLEDGE - Choose this original etching diptych
$475 PLEDGE - Choose one of these three original etching triptychs
I draw my etchings from memories of life as I see it on the streets of San Francisco. First I prepare the zinc plate, which involves covering the metal with an acid-resistant ground, called a hard ground. Then with a metal tool called a stylus, I draw something – whatever comes to mind when I look at the dimensions of the blank etching plate.
Once I’ve finished the drawing, I plunge the plate into a tub filled with diluted nitric acid, which bites grooves everywhere I’ve drawn a line. Ten minutes later, out comes the etching plate, I remove the acid-resistant ground, and presto! The etched plate is ready to be inked and printed.
I usually make a few prints of the initial line etching before I proceed, because there's no going back to the simple line drawing once you do the aquatint process. Aquatint allows you to shade in areas of different value, from light gray to solid black.
PRINTING AN EDITION
Now that I've finished adding values from light to dark (a long and often perilous process!) I'm ready to print an edition. That's the total number of individual copies I make of an etching. Rainy Day, like all of my recent etchings, will be a small edition, only 30 copies for ALL OF THE WORLD.
Every etching is printed on fine, 100% rag etching paper, and I alone do the inking and printing to ensure that each copy comes out right and ready for framing.
THE ART SHOWMany of the etchings offered above were exhibited at my October, 2014 solo art show, titled NORTH BEACH STORIES, at San Francisco's Telegraph Hill Gallery. Located in the heart of North Beach, The Telegraph Hill Gallery showcases a wide variety of contemporary art. And I hope to enjoy another solo show there in 2016 with ALL NEW ETCHINGS.
With your support, I'll soon be making many more stories of San Francisco come to life - with etchings that capture the city I love.
This is my first Kickstarter project. I don't know what will become of it, but THANK YOU for your time and thought in viewing my work.
Risks and challenges
For anyone who appreciates original art, and selects an etching from the offerings listed here, your piece will be shipment-ready by the cited date. It will also be produced entirely by me - an original, signed, and LIMITED edition piece, which IS just that: these original etchings remain SMALL, LIMITED editions. There are no additional editions.
In the unanticipated case that more etchings are pledged for than I can produce on schedule, or that a mishap occurs to one of my etching plates before all the prints are produced, I can only promise that you will be compensated as fairly and swiftly as possible.
Capture the heart of San Francisco— its people. You will own an original art piece that exemplifies early 21st century San Francisco, a legacy that is truly unique.
Please visit my website to see more artwork and more about my career as an artist: www.marciaclay.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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