Monotype: Chapel Fountain

Chapel Fountain 4×6 Monotype with Watercolor (Sold)
Up at the San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa, there is a sweet little garden just off to the right of the main entrance. An old fountain flutters with birds, and an assortment of rose bushes invite you to take a seat on a bench, be surrounded by early California history, and just breathe for a moment.
Adding watercolor to the monotype ghost is great fun, because
it’s like painting over a faint graphite drawing. Since I made that under-drawing
by pushing ink around on a metal late,  it doesn’t have a pencil quality
in the line work, but the ink is faint enough to look like graphite.
Monotype Ghost – a faint remainder of ink from a much darker monotype.
The still-wet plate & ink are pressed against Arches cover paper on the press,
which results in a very soft version of the monotype.
I’m adding washes of watercolor to the print in this shot.

Art Quote
What a queer thing touch is, the stroke of a brush. In the open air, exposed to wind, to sun, to the curiosity of people, you work as you can, you fill your canvas. Then however, you catch the real & the essential – that is the most difficult. But after a time you take up this study again & arrange your brush strokes in the direction of the objects – certainly it is more harmonious & pleasant to look at & you add whatever you have of serenity & cheerfulness. 
~Vincent Van Gogh

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4 Responses to Monotype: Chapel Fountain

  1. Pierre Meurice March 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Beautiful quote and work!

  2. Marian Fortunati March 26, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Nicely done, Belinda. And I love that Van Gogh quote!!

  3. Celia Blanco March 26, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Beautiful quote and your work is beautiful. It looks like such an inviting place.

  4. Barbara Muir March 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Love this perfect monotype, and the quote.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    XOXOXO Barbara

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