Ritchie's Comment: Sylvia found me on the Web and wanted to get a press to expand her work on fabric. She ordered one of the last presses with a solid brass bed. You can see the test I made (I test all my presses) on YouTube, below. When she came to the Halfwood Press gallery, she saw my dry point print, "Matilda," and bought it. The story of this print is interesting. The first time I drew a portrait of our granddaughter, Matilda Bryan, we were at the beach. I brought my Mini Halfwood Press, a laptop computer, and my digital camera. While Matilda--then about five years old--sat opposite me drawing my portrait, I snapped an image of her, put it on my laptop, and then made the drypoint lines on copper. She moved around, like any kid, so I used the digital image to keep the initial pose in place. At another point in time, Sylvia joined me for some demonstrations at an area art education event, where David Lotz and I set up a booth for two days and showed the Halfwood Press Line.
Print provenance: 2005. Print. Drypoint intaglio on copper. Image 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. Prints vary in ink: Sanguine, carmine, black, sepia and others. Signed lower right. Also in the collection of Lauren Dunlap, Nellie Sunderland, Matilda Bryan and others.
Press specifications: 2009. Mini Halfwood Press SN60046. Walnut, Ipe, buttonwood and ebony trim with hammered brass medallions. Optional polished brass bed. Instrument box is not shown.
Below is a video, "Printing an aquatint on a Mini Halfwood Press."
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