Ebbtide, Bodega Bay by Micah Schwaberow

Ebbtide, Bodega Bay by Micah Schwaberow

Ebbtide, Bodega Bay

Micah Schwaberow

Title

Ebbtide, Bodega Bay

 
Artist

Micah Schwaberow

  1948 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2007  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
8 7/8 x 13-1/4" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
56 of 166  
Annotations
titled in lower left; dated after signature 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory Arches wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20849 
Price
SOLD
Description

Printmaker Micah Schwaberow studied color woodcut in Japan with Master woodcut printmaker Toshi Yoshida. Schwaberow depicts a sunset in Bodega Bay, California at an ebbtide.

"Ebbtide, Bodega Bay" depicts Bodega Bay and Bodega Head, located on the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma County, California. The village of Bodega Bay has been a harbor for fishing boats for decades, protected by Bodega Head, which projects out into the Pacific, and a jetty.

Schwaberow captures the sunset at low tide, as the sun begins to set and the colors of the landscape start to recede. He uses small gouged lines to create the effect of the movement of the water at ebbtide as the light flicks across the surface. In the sky Schwaberow utilized the Japanese printing technique of "Bokashi" to suggest the atmosphere.

"Bokashi" is used to achieve a variation in lightness and darkness (value) of a single color or multiple colors by hand applying a gradation of ink to a moistened wooden printing block, rather than inking the block uniformly. This hand-application has to be repeated for each sheet of paper that is printed.