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Niagara Falls is Paul Binnie's latest print in his series Meishou to no Tabi (Travels with the Master) where Paul has revisited sites previously used by Yoshida Hiroshi and made his own version of the scenes. Yoshida’s Niagara Falls of 1925 is an Oban design, but Paul decided to make his much larger. Paul's version of Niagara Falls measures 26 ˝ x 18 ˝ inches. Paul also chose a viewpoint quite different to Yoshida’s on the American side, with the American Falls in the middle ground and the Horseshoe Falls behind, looking towards Canada in the distance. He made the studies for the print a year ago, when he visited New York and Niagara for Asia Week. He was surprised to see so much snow and ice at the falls in March, and it still felt like winter there while it was spring-like in New York City. Paul used gofun, powdered shell pigment, to whiten the foreground area of snow and ice, as well as overlaid layers of bokashi (shading) to suggest the misty water vapour rising from these great waterfalls. It was printed in an edition of 100, and has Paul's surname embossed in the middle of the lower margin, as with the other designs in their respective series. Niagara Falls is printed on paper by Iwano Ichibei, a Living National Treasure in Japan. This print will be Paul Binnie's entry for this year’s CWAJ Print Show in Tokyo in October 2009. Insured shipping in the U.S. is included.

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