Sondra Freckelton, Self-Portrait with Begonia

Medium: Lithograph, from stone
Date Processed: July, 1973
Date Editioned: July, 1973
Ink and paper type: black ink on Arches white
Edition size: records incomplete, approximately 12-20 prints were pulled
Signed: in pencil, lower right
Image Size: 12 1/2" x 18 5/8"
Paper Size: 15 1/2" x 22 1/4"


Sondra created the drawing for this print in July, 1973, while living and working on Black Lake in upstate New York. Drawn with the firmer lithographic crayons, the composition combines the complicated patterns in the begonia plant and its mirrored reflection with the more direct forms in the portrait. During printing, Sondra asked that the print impression be somewhat light. Anticipating that she would hand-color the print, she did not want the printing ink to resist her watercolor.


A Closer Look ... Self-Portrait with Begonia

  Working in the print room at St. Lawrence University, printer Roger Bailey prepares to pull an impression while Sondra Freckelton stands by ready to re-dampen the stone.

Working in the print room at St. Lawrence University, printer Roger Bailey prepares to pull an impression while Sondra Freckelton stands by ready to re-dampen the stone.

  This detail shows the grain of the lithographic limestone that Sondra drew on.

This detail shows the grain of the lithographic limestone that Sondra drew on.

  The underside of the begonia leaf  offered Sondra some great shapes and textures with which she could work..

The underside of the begonia leaf  offered Sondra some great shapes and textures with which she could work..