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Monotype: Solar Flare (and supporting research for a cure for Alzheimer’s)

two orange roses in a green bud vase against a windowsill on a tile counter

Solar Flare 6×4 Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor (Available here)

Monotype Ghost Prints

My love-affair with monotypes continues with this floral still life, painted on a very faint ghost print.  I’m considering a monotype workshop in my new online school – http://www.belindatips.com – with particular attention to making monotypes without a press. Would you be interested in such a thing?

Inspiring Monotype Art

Here are some links to artists making painterly monotypes, specifically with watercolor (as opposed to the traditional, oil based printmaking inks).

a ghost print monotype of a rose in a bud vase with a few sheer layers of watercolor on two segments

Using the ghost print as an “underpainting” to apply layers of watercolor to the print

What’s a Monotype?

If you’re not familiar with monotype printmaking you can watch videos linked below as an introduction to the process. Grab a beverage and a notepad to collect your inspiration….

  • A quick little dark field monotype demo by Jim Flowers, also known as the Snake Artist from his work with reptiles and marsupials.
  • Watch this demo by the inventor of Akua inks, Susan Rostow, printing a colorful monotype.
  • Here’s a playlist on my youtube channel that demonstrates trace monotype and dark field monotype from my studio – both are lovely and versatile approaches to this painterly printmaking method.

Have you ever made a monotype? Did you enjoy the process? Which method do you use?

I bought the little house on the left from my friend JMC’s Etsy Shop to support research for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s an inspiring example of artists making things with their hands to proactively affect something currently unsolvable. I think the little house represents the important stuff; family, love & feeling connected – the very things Alzheimer’s disease destroys.

Support Alzheimer’s Research

If you’ve lived with or loved someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you know – painfully – that the condition affects the entire family. I’ve experienced the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s and Dementia on both sides of my family tree. Have you ever been a caregiver for someone slowly losing themselves, and their relationships to, and memories of, everyone they’ve ever loved? I so wish there was a cure.

Alzheimer’s is a barren disease, as empty and lifeless as a desert. It is a thief of hearts and souls and memories.  ~Nicholas Sparks

Using Art for Good

My friend JMC wants to do something towards helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s. She bought supplies, made sweet things with her hands, and posted them for sale in an Etsy Shop.  She’s giving 100% of the proceeds to Alzheimer’s research. Normally, when you donate towards a cause you care about, you get a form to claim the donation on your taxes. In this case, you get that, and a little handmade wooden house adorned with patterned papers, a chimney and a faux succulent in a pot, or you get a collaged notecard to keep in your card stash.

 

My sweet little house and potted plant in the sun on my kitchen windowsill in front of the sink where I see it every day.

Every Little Thing

Houses are a symbol for family, and Alzheimer’s affects families. I think these little homes are a perfect offering for this fundraising endeavor. Be encouraged that everyone’s well-placed efforts, no matter how small, can make a difference.  You can look at little house and collaged card selections here.

A tall little wooden house with yellow papers adorning all its sides and roof

I *almost* bought this little house too, so I could make a teeny village on my kitchen window sill. Because it’s tall and yellow. How cute is that?

In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa

In Appreciation

I realize that Alzheimer’s research isn’t an art-related topic you’d expect to read on this blog, so I thank you for your time and attention while I described my friend Janet’s great contribution with her art. I’m inspired by her generosity and passion to contribute something towards stopping such an awful disease. 💞


an introduction to naming your art in a more imaginative way

How to Title Your Art

Here’s a brand new video course on titling your art. If you’re interested in naming your art with a bit more imagination than standard subject titles (Example: titling a painting of a red barn “The Red Barn”), the three systems I’ll teach you are just the ticket! Click the leaf above to watch the introduction video. (Psssst: use the coupon code LETSGETSTARTED for $6 off till Sunday, March 25th.)

Removing ink from a smooth plate to make a monotype print of the Westfield Congregational Church in Danielson, Connecticut.

Happy Spring

I hope you’re celebrating the arrival of Spring with doodling, sketching, coloring, dabbling in paints, experimenting with media unfamiliar to you, sharing tips with fellow artists, taking workshops and online art classes, attending art festivals, reading art history and marinating your week with strong sips of all-things-art.  Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Belinda


Art Quote

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as hard duty. Never regard study as duty but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

~Albert Einstein

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2 Responses to Monotype: Solar Flare (and supporting research for a cure for Alzheimer’s)

  1. George March 23, 2018 at 2:31 am #

    Maravilloso tu nuevo post…esta vez más que por tu arte por tu solidaridad con los enfermos de esa terrible enfermedad…Muchas gracias.

    • Belinda DelPesco March 23, 2018 at 11:03 pm #

      Gracias, George, por tu agradable nota y por preocuparte por curar la misma terrible enfermedad.

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