Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Recent Monotypes

 The Old Barn, 2016, monotype, images 6 x 8 inches, paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches 

It's March 1st and I can already feel Spring is very close!  The afternoon light is changing, it has more gold undertones, especially as I see it hit the buildings in SoHo.  Temperature is rising again, and the days are a little longer.  This can only mean one thing, plein air season is coming soon and I can't wait!  
Trail Through a Field, 2016, monotype, image 6 x 8 inches, paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches 

In the meantime I keep working in the studio and once a month I attend the Salmagundi Club's Monotype Party.  These two landscapes are from the February party.  I continue to work with Sepia color ink on light grey paper and I think this is working for me.  Due to the immediacy of the medium it keeps me alert and allows me to work fast and make decisions quicker than when I work in the studio on a painting that can sometimes drag for months, if not years!  The frequency of printing two  monotypes a month also forces me to come up with compositions and images at a faster rate.  I have gone back to drawing more in my sketchbook, making thumb nail sketches that will be used to make prints.  In all, the excitement for printing has yet to fade, and to my great pleasure I'll be producing more and bigger prints thanks to my friend Rob who will be getting his etching press delivered to his studio in the next month or two!  More work and fun times ahead, that's for sure.