An original, hand-printed, hand-painted letterpress print—this is not a reproduction! This piece is part of the “Local Conditions” series, which depicts Washington’s Mt. Rainier from a variety of different vantage points. (You can read more about the project on the blog.) There are 15 different designs in the series; you can find them all here.
Mount Rainier stands in near silhouette on an early winter morning in Tacoma, Washington. The day is shaping up to become clear and sunny, but as is so common on cold Pacific Northwest days, a bright white, pea-soup fog lingers over the Sound. The mist is just starting to burn off, revealing the hillside skyline and rooftops of Tacoma, and the maritime industry of Commencement Bay and the Port of Tacoma. “The Mountain,” as it’s nicknamed here, rises from the fog, seeming to float over the scene, with the odd, flat discs of lenticular clouds drifting overhead. Clouds above, and clouds below—on days like this, the Pacific Northwest is a floating world.
This artwork was letterpress printed by hand on an antique Vandercook No. 4 press, on soft white Rives Lightweight paper. Each print in the edition was then painstakingly hand-painted with watercolor. Each print is numbered, signed and dated, and labeled with the latitude/longitude coordinates of the exact location the illustration was drawn from.
Edition of 52 prints
Paper size: 6 x 7.5 inches (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Image size: 3 x 5 inches (7.6 x 12.7 cm)
This piece was printed in a limited edition, so once the edition sells out, it will not be reprinted. So snag your copy while you can!
This original artwork is copyright Chandler O’Leary 2011. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this print. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
This print is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer via United States Postal Service. WA state residents are subject to sales tax.