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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
A Stone Wall, 2018, monotype, image 6 x 8 inches, sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inches
I have not done a lot of monotypes in recent months, reason why I consider these prints done in December as recent. In all transparency, I began this blog post in January and left it as a draft because I was going to go back and edit it…yeah that worked out great.
I have mentioned in the past that my sketchbook is an important part of my monotype process. Within the pages of my Moleskine you can see many thumbnail sketches of ideas that I may turn into prints. Can you recognize the top sketch on the sketchbook page above? That image is the print(s) at the top of this post…it's interesting to see the original idea next to it's final stage, and to see how different media can effect the feel of the same subject.
Moonlight Reflection, 2018, monotype, image 6 x 8 inches, sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Nocturnes have been a big part of my monotypes, perhaps because the color of the ink and the process of making these images lend themselves to the creation of dark and moody landscapes. One of the things I learned long ago from a colleague is that you should never fight your materials, and that advice is wise and true.
Moonlight Reflection, 2018, monotype (ghost print), image 6 x 8 inches, sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inches
This ghost print came out nicely, it's almost like a foggy moon lit version of the first print. Sometimes the ghost prints can take on their own personalities and make the same landscape feel like a different image all together.
The sketch for the nocturne above is the one at the bottom of this sketchbook page. Sometimes I'm able to replicate the sketches faithfully, sometimes the ink on the copper plate can cause things to change a little from the original idea, again it's all part of the process, you can't fight with your work too much. They are like children, you can try to guide them as much as you can for them to become what you want them to be but in the end they will turn out as they are meant to. This nocturne on the other hand did not give me any problems during its upbringing and came out just as I intended.
Arbolado XVII, 2018, monotype, image 8 x 6 inches, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches
I always finish my printing session freestyling on the plate. No I'm not rapping, I'm just going with the flow and let my hand do it's thing and let one move follow the other naturally. These type of images area a great way to end my printing nights, especially if I have been working from a sketch. Trying to follow my drawings and replicate them can add a small level of stress as well as slowing things down.
Arbolado XVII, 2018, monotype (ghost print), image 8 x 6 inches, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches
Free flowing allows me to release some of the tension and ends the printing session on a high note. In the end, art making is supposed to be a happy thing, and this process brings the fun back into it.