This is one of my most popular lithographs and so I wanted to make it available as a print.
The actual artwork is 13 cm width by 13.6 cm height printed on to an A4 size sheet making it easy to frame.
It depicts me holding my son in the air with a heart balloon billowing in the wind. I entitled it New Heart because that's what having a child meant for me.
I have uploaded the photo of my son and I that the artwork was based on.
Creating a lithograph is quite an involved process and I thought you might like to see the fabulous printing press used. Once you have created your design on the metal plate, you then have to block out sections of the plate before placing it in acid. The acid literally etches into the plate so the longer you leave it in the acid the darker the colour. With careful timing you can achieve beautiful shades. You then have to "ink up" the plate before rolling it through the press to achieve the print.
These giclee prints of the original lithograph are on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. I am so pleased at the way they have perfectly replicated all the tiny etching marks. To my mind they can only be distinguished from the original in that they dont have the indentation of the plate on the paper.
Giclee prints are often known in exhibitions as archival pigment prints, this term is increasingly becoming the standard term used in the art world.
The word Giclée ("gee-clay"), is based on the French verb gicler which means "to squirt or spray” and was originally coined by printmaker Jack Duganne in 1991. Giclée printing is a fine art digital printing method using specialist archival pigment inks and acid-free papers; creating gallery-quality inkjet prints with excellent depth of colour, longevity and stability.