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 few beauties by Edgar Degas, Paul Dougherty and Maurice Prendergast at the Cleveland Museum.
- Debra LePage’s watercolor monotypes, printed from yupo paper
- Heidi Fourie’s soft, tonal portraits in watercolor monotype make me want to paint more family photos.
- Here’s a sensitive single-color portrait by Diane Victor in watercolor monotype
- A ghostly, soft watercolor monotype of a Tahitian landscape by Paul Gauguin
- Specialist Tim Schmelcher tells of the moment (watch the video below) he set eyes on a previously unrecorded Gauguin monotype, and the secret he found inside the frame
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?
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.
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.
In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa
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. 💞
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.)
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!
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.