It's a bright January morning in 1944. Far away in Europe and in the Pacific theater, America is engaged in an epic struggle against the forces of fascism. Our nation's industries are humming with ever increasing activity, supplying the tools necessary for ultimate victory. Yet, along the sandy shore of the Balboa Peninsula, the only sounds are the murmur of spent waves, the laughter of rollicking boys, and the loping pant of faithful "Cooper". In the distance stands the Newport pier with its weather-beaten hamburger house marking the tip of its intrusion into the peaceful Pacific Ocean. Barely visible between the pilings, Palos Verdes seems to rise serenely as the back of a sunning whale.
Then . . . a blast of thunder is heard from 4,000 galloping horses, the flash of sunlight on whirling propellers, a glint from plexiglass, and the perception of kindred spirits hurtling joyously through the invisible air. In a fleeting moment, a brief rendezvous, the mighty bent-winged Corsair forges a memory of bridled power and the wonder flight. Soon its riders will dismount at the orange-tree-surrounded field called "El Toro". There they will recount with glee the stolen thrills of the morning's training mission, and the boys they caught by surprise on the sandy shores of Balboa.Introduction to the Giclee of "Balboa Rendezvous, 1944"
by S. G. Vosburg
From the French word, "gicler" for spraying and "gicleur" for nozzle, a high resolution continuous-tone reproduction of fine artwork.
A giclee is a museum quality, 6 color ink jet print, directly applied to canvas, of a digitally scanned original oil painting. Long-life, fade resistant archival pigments are used in the printing as well as smooth weave acid free artist canvas. Recently, Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. announced their findings that, using proper care and lighting, giclee prints can retain their image quality for well over 100 years and in some cases 200-300 years. This process is able to reproduce over 90% of the visible color spectrum. This means that giclee printing can achieve colors that most printmakers and commercial litho printers cannot with traditional four color (CMYK, cyan, magenta, yellow, black) inks. The resulting images are so intense and life-like that it's often difficult to distinguish the copy from the original painting. The artist, Stan Vosburg, will enhance the giclees by embellishing them with oil paints to make each a unique work of art and therefore more valuable.The Artist/Publisher's Production Process:
1. The original oil painting is placed on a high density professional scanner and scanned at 300 dpi
(Dots per inch).
2. The scanner produces a 300 mega-byte (300,000,000 bytes) digital computer file that is stored in a computer.
3. A small sized giclee proof is printed from the file onto portrait canvas and reviewed by the artist and printer to match it to the original painting.
4. Minor adjustments to the digital image are made to fine tune it to the original and a new proof is printed and reviewed. This process was undertaken 8 times to produce a giclee of "Balboa Rendezvous, 1944" that met Vosburg's critical standards.
5. With an acceptable file approved, a full sized (24" x 36") giclee is printed on artist's archival portrait canvas.
6. The giclee is then sprayed with five to eight coats of fine, clear, ultraviolet ray protection coating.
7. The giclee is shipped to Vosburg's studio to be stretched and enhanced.
8. The giclee is stretched over wooden canvas stretchers as used on the original painting.
9. Vosburg enhances each giclee by painting over specific highlights and details in the image to make each a unique work of art.
10. The giclee is allowed to dry and then two coats of clear Damar oil painting varnish are applied. This seals and protects the surface of the giclee while giving it the look of an original oil painting.
11. Vosburg signs and numbers each giclee.
12. An artist-signed and numbered certificate of authenticity giving the details of the edition size and the story of the painting is included. The certificate is formatted for a standard 8" x 10" frame size.
13. Also supplied with the giclee is a map of where on the image artist Stan Vosburg has enhanced the giclee with oil paints.
14. The giclee is then delivered to the client.