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John Blair House in Colonial Williamsburg KGCoWmbgVAF - Etching and Nature Print       Each of the following Herb Theme Gardens is a Monoprint, a combination of etching, collagraph and nature prints.   A Monoprint is therefore a mix of something repeatable (Etching and Collagraph) with something unique (Nature Prints).   So, though you may see the etching and collagraph in a subsequent print, the leaf most often will be altered or destroyed in the process.

      "Mono", or "one", indicates a one-of-a-kind print.   Since each print is created individually by the artist, each image is unique and considered an original print.   Try as I may, I could never find a group of leaves the same or be able to duplicate exactly a previous print.   I build on the experience of each print, exploring new ways of combining elements into the next.

      All of the individual pieces were inked and run through the press together at the same time.   The Collagraph of sky, buildings, fence, path and yard were cut from mat board, then carved, texturized, inked and arranged.   Each herb I grew, flattened, dried, rolled with printer's ink and arranged in the center garden.   Each Etching plate I designed, drew, incised, etched, inked and arranged.

      I then covered the resultant composition with a damp piece of paper and cranked it through a printing press, the pressure of the press transferring both the color and the texture of the leaves.   Because the etching plates are thicker, their "plate mark" embosses into the print, giving it an added dimension of depth and marking of authenticity.

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John Blair House in Colonial Williamsburg
8 Herb Monoprint (Etching and Nature Prints)
A one-of-a-kind Original Print

14 x 21" Image only, not mounted or matted~~~$ 275

Medium Blue, Dark Blue, Dark Green, Sage Green, Yellow,
Clay, Brown, Black and Red
on Off-White 100% Rag Paper

Please note:   Due to the large size of this image, the only way I can ship it is gently rolled in a protective tube.   Mounting and Matting can only be done for local pickup or delivery in Southwestern Pennsylvania.   Email me for details.

22 x 29" Mounted and Matted~~~$ 350
Off-White Top Mat

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KGCoWmbgVAF John Blair House in Colonial Williamsburg KGCoWmbgVAF - Original Print
      John Blair and his family lived in Williamsburg, VA, and this is a print of his kitchen outbuilding (left), smoke house and garden with herbs. This small herb garden is reminiscent of the "physick" gardens popular in the seventeenth century, and these herbs (Rosemary, Spearmint, Sorrel, Thyme, Parsley, Chives, Dill and Marjoram) were known to be grown in colonial gardens.

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KGAlexVA John Carlyle House in Alexandria, VA - Original Print

John Carlyle House in Alexandria, VA
8 Herb Monoprint (Etching and Nature Prints)
A one-of-a-kind Original Print

14 x 21" Image only, not mounted or matted~~~$ 275

Medium Blue, Dark Green, Medium Green, Clay,
Orange, Red and Black
on Off-White 100% Rag Paper

Please note:   Due to the large size of this image, the only way I can ship it is gently rolled in a protective tube. Mounting and Matting can only be done for local pickup or delivery in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Email me for details.

22 x 29 Mounted and Matted~~~$ 350
Off-White Top Mat

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      John Carlyle, a Scottish Merchant, built his riverfront home in Alexandria, VA in 1752. "Carlyle House Herb Garden," the first of my herb garden series, is a print of the back of his house and gardens. With its stone constructions and manor-house design, it was a rare feature in colonial Virginia.

      The herbs in the garden--Sage, Shallots, Caraway, Parsley, Tarragon, Thyme, Marjoram, Chervil, Mustard, Dill, Heather, Rosemary and Chives--are typical of his Scottish heritage. Ginger, Nutmeg and Mace would have been bought dried, since they are tropical plants, but all these herbs were used in colonial times.
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George Rapp House in Old Economy, PA
10 Herb Monoprint (Etching and Nature Prints)
A one-of-a-kind Original Print

14 x 21 Image only, not mounted or matted~~~$ 275

Medium Blue, Dark Green, Yellow, Brown and Brick Red
on Off-White 100% Rag Paper

22 x 29" Mounted and Matted~~~$ 350
Off-White Top Mat

Reproductions~~~#GRHR
11 x 14" Single Mat~~~$ 35
Double Mat~~~$ 40

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KGOldEconomyD George Rapp House in Old Economy, PA - Etching and Nature Print

      George Rapp was the leader of the Harmony Society in Old Economy, PA. "Kitchen Garden at George Rapp House," the third in my herb garden series, is a print of the kitchen wing of his house with its herb garden. The two story Rapp house is to the left, while the tower behind is the steeple of the Harmonists Church across the street. Old Economy Village was the third and final home of one of America's most successful Christian communal societies.

      The herbs in the garden--Dill, Garlic, Horseradish, Savory, Sage, Rosemary, Marjoram, Caraway, Parsley and Thyme--are typical of their German heritage. Potatoes, pork, cabbage, sausage, beer and wine would have been found on their tables. Other herbs they cultivated were Salad Burnet, Bay, Chives, Spearmint, Loveage and Woodruff.
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KGKHerbG Kitchen Herb Garden Monoprint - Etching and Nature Print
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Kitchen Herb Garden
20 Herb Monoprint (Etching and Nature Prints)
A one-of-a-kind Original Print

24 x 32" Image only, not mounted or matted~~~$ 375
SOLD, but... see note

Medium Blue, Green, Yellow, Clay, Brown and Red
on Off-White 100% Rag Paper

Please note:   Due to the large size of this image, the only way I can ship it is gently rolled in a protective tube.   Mounting and Matting can only be done for local pickup or delivery in Southwestern Pennsylvania.   Email me for details.

32 x 40" Mounted and Matted~~~$ 450
Off-White Top Mat
SOLD, but... see note


      "Kitchen Herb Garden" represents a typical garden named for its proximity to the kitchen door, so one could easily pinch a few leaves to enhance the meal.   Naturally, it would include only herbs with culinary value.   A fence around to protect and control, a path within for ease of harvest, this garden contains herbs that I use most frequently from my own garden, both fresh and dried.

      The colors represent families of herbs.   Yellow is the Liliaceae (Chives, Garlic and Scallions);   Blue is the Umbelliferae (Dill, Anise, Parsley, Coriander/Cilantro and Fennel);   Green is Labiatae (Savory, Rosemary, Sage, Basil, Oregano, Spearmint and Thyme);   and Red covers all the others, Compositae (Tarragon), Solanaceae (Chili Pepper) and Cruciferae (Watercress).

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If it's SOLD: If one of my original prints has already sold, I can produce a new print using a similar layout and color scheme, but the nature prints will, by definition, still be unique. Email me for details.


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