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Soaring Spirit

Joyful Woman Rises.

Woman in hot air balloon releasing her past allowing her spirit to soar like a bird

Media: Intaglio etching (see definition tab)

Dimensions: image 15.25" x 10.75"; framed 20 5/8" x 17 3/8"


SHIPPING NOTE: This piece is between 20” and 30” so please select “Large Painting” in the shipping tab if not local. (Free local delivery within 32034. Select “Pickup in Gallery“ as your shipping option.)


Location: This artwork is currently on display at the Plantation Artists Guild and Gallery located at the Omni Spa and Shops of Amelia Island Plantation (94 Amelia Village Circle).


More about Marcia DeFalco 


Background story: The expansive use of white space in this work is the place where the joyful woman releases regrets, difficult experiences, and emotional baggage represented by the bird soaring out of her hand as she peacefully rises into her new future.


Amelia Island: I am overjoyed with the beautiful, expansive sky over the Atlantic Ocean and the river marshes here. One day, while I was walking on the beach, a powered paraglider flew overhead. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if that were a hot air balloon silently drifting across the sky.” I immediately thought of this piece as a symbol of a glorious new day.


And birds are everywhere here. soaring, diving, feeding, nesting, resting on the sand, in the forests and the water.


Nature facts: Amelia Island has been noted as one of the best places in the United States to see a variety of birds both permanently living here and stopping by during migration. There are over 470 species of birds that live on Amelia Island which might be why bird watchers around the country refer to Amelia Island as the “birder’s paradise.”

Why not seek out your own peaceful spot to enjoy the soaring birds of Amelia Island? Three of the top one hundred Florida eBird hotspots are here: Fort Clinch, Big Talbot State Park/Spoonbill Pond, and Little Talbot State Park. In addition, neighborhood hot spots include Egan’s Greenway, Main Beach, and the Plantation.


Marcia's Process:

Marcia’s editions are in very small, hand-pulled editions. The Artist Proof (AP) is a way for the artist to assess what has been produced on the plate and to experiment with different colors and combinations of colors before deciding on a final edition. An original print when combined with other media such as colored oil pencils, watercolors, collage, assemblage, or pen and ink is one of a kind.


What is mixed media art?

Mixed media describes artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages, collages, and sculpture are three common examples of art using different media. Materials used to create mixed media art include, but are not limited to, paint, cloth, paper, wood and found objects. The first modern artwork to be considered mixed media is Pablo Picasso's 1912 collage Still Life with Chair Caning, which used paper, cloth, paint and rope.


What is a fine art print?

It is an original work of art drawn and designed by the artist. Because each print is made -- inked and pulled by hand printed usually on hand-made, acid free paper -- each is considered an original work of art produced in limited editions. Prints are graphic arts because they were among the earliest forms of mass communications. 


The richness and variety of the hand-printmaking process has always attracted fine artists. Some of the old and modern masters include Durer, Ernst, Lasansky, Goya and Picasso.


There are many forms of printmaking. Some examples include:

Monoprints, etchings (including intaglio), lithographs, linoleum or linocut, and woodcut.


What is an intaglio etching?

A metal plate is first covered with an acid-resistant ground. The original drawing is transferred to the dried ground then a needle is used to redraw the lines. After parts of the metal are exposed, it is placed in an acid bath where the initial line drawing is eaten or etched into the metal to create depressed lines. Shading, depth and additional detail are created with other techniques and through multiple submersions in the acid to etch the plate.


The final plate is individually hand-inked and rolled through a press, printing on wet paper, pulling one print at a time off the metal plate. 


What is chine colle’?

A piece of Oriental, handmade paper is pre-glued and pressed into the surface of the print as it is run by hand through a press. “Chine” is the French word for China, referring to the fact that the thin paper originally used with this technique was imported from China.


What is a lithograph?

This method of printing is based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The image is drawn with oil, fat, or wax-based substances onto the surface of a smooth plate. The surface is treated with a mixture of acid and gum Arabic, etching the portions of the plate that are not protected by the grease-based image. 


When the plate is subsequently moistened, these etched areas retain water; an oil-based ink is applied and is repelled by the water, sticking only to the original drawing. The ink is finally transferred to a blank piece of acid-free, hand-made paper, producing a print limited number of signed pieces of art. 


What is a woodcut?

The oldest form of printmaking, woodcut is a relief process in which knives and other tools are used to carve a design into the surface of a wooden block. The raised areas that remain after the block has been cut are inked and printed, while the recessed areas that are cut away do not retain ink and will remain blank in the final print.


Multiple colors are printed individually after cutting away the surface for the previous color after printing it; the paper must be perfectly registered each time; the process is repeated until the surface is devoid of the image and no more prints can be made.


What is a linocut?

Lino printing is a form of fine art printmaking where the printing plate is cut into lino. Yes, lino as in linoleum, as in the floor covering. The lino is then inked, a piece of paper placed over it, and then run through a printing press or pressure applied by hand to transfer the ink to the paper. The result, a linocut print. Because it's a smooth surface, the lino itself doesn't add texture to the print.

Soaring Spirit by Marcia DeFalco

SKU: OMD5, 54R, 63
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