Inspiration from Other Artists
Thank goodness monotype artists share their work online, or we wouldn’t have any painterly printmaking to look at from the comfort of our coziest researching-the-internet chairs. Every artist who ever clicked the publish button on a blog post or social media to share images of their work gets a grateful hat-tip from me. Sharing your art takes a certain amount of grit and courage, because everyone has an opinion. One person who adores your painting might be best friends with another who hates it. But as we’ve talked about in this post, that’s never a reflection on your work.
The Art World is Your Oyster
I’m endlessly inspired by the enormous amount of art published online. My instagram feed is loaded with gorgeous images from artist’s studios all over the world. You don’t have to travel to multiple cities to see beautiful art, or schedule time to attend short-run gallery exhibits. There’s no time pressure to ensure that you see an artist’s most recent work before collectors snatch it up and take it home where it’s out of public view. We can just search the net, and fawn over all the beautiful work from a comfy chair with a cup of tea. So, let’s do that. Make yourself comfy, and grab something to sip. Let’s look at some monotype artists, shall we?
Artists Making Monotypes
- The incredible figurative and still life monotypes of Frank Hobbs slay me with his economy of marks. His compositions and use of tonal variation presents such impactful monotypes.
- Have a look at this video of layered color process used in Peri Shwartz’ monotypes. If you’ve ever considered multicolored or larger format still life prints, this will inspire you.
- Nanette Wallace makes beautiful dark field figurative monotypes in her Oregon studio, inspired by vintage black and white photos. And she posts wonderful videos of her process in the Facebook Monotype group here. Check out Nanette’s website here.
- David Begley’s ethereal dark field monotypes often feature glimpses of figures floating in starfield-esque environments. He works on a lightbox and you can see some of his process in this interview.
- If *you* want to try making a monotype, I’m building an online course on that topic right now. Sign up here to be notified when the course is published and available.
Staying Connected by Sharing
My grandmother used to say sharing is a way to stay connected to each other. 🥧 If I walk next door to share a piece of the apple pie I just made, we’ll see and talk to each other, and connect for a minute or two. Since you’re reading this (and I thank you for that), we’re sharing a few minutes of time, and connecting over this Babushka nesting doll of internet art-discoveries. I hope there’s a kernel of inspiration for you here, and your upcoming days are dotted with fresh ideas, eruptive art-making and a renewed conviction to share your work with other artists. We all need this visual community of creators. Have courage, and play with your art supplies. 🤝
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