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.
The print depicts an alpine meadow in full bloom. The view here is unusual—the viewer’s eye is at ground level, creating an illusion of scale. Snow-white avalanche lilies sway in the breeze, their delicate petals curling under themselves. Brilliant purple, wild lupines stand straight and tall as they hint at the thousands of others stretching to the horizon. And the craggy south face of Mt. Rainier towers in the background, its receding glaciers signaling the heat of high summer.
When pioneer James Longmire’s daughter-in-law, Martha, first saw this same view over 100 years ago, she exclaimed, “Oh, what a paradise!” And the name stuck. Today, the Paradise section of Mount Rainier National Park is the most frequently-visited part of the park; every year more than 1 million visitors come to Paradise to catch a glimpse of the famous wildflower meadows.
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 47 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.