|Tesseye 4×6 dark field monotype with watercolor & colored pencil (Private Collection)|
If you’ve had furry family members – cats, dogs, birds, horses, etc. – you know the most difficult chapter of that lovely bond sneaks in when they are aged and infirm, and difficult decisions are pondered. We’ve experienced the loss of our dogs and cats to old age and disease, and my heart breaks every time I hear about another family grieving for a pet. This dark field monotype is a portrait of a friend’s dearly loved and departed dog, as a remembrance of her gentle and tentative face. It was a pleasure to study her features while making this art, and I felt like I got to know her with each movement of ink, and every stroke of pigment. Have you made memorial portraits of your pets – or your friend’s pets?
|Just finished in the studio|
|Ink on paper, drying in the studio|
|After a trip through the press, pulling the monotype|
|scraping doggy features into wet ink on a zinc plate, with reference photo close by|