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
This dark field monotype was videotaped while in process, and it’s posted on my youtube channel. (If you don’t see the video screen below, you can watch it directly on youtube here.)
The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.
We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.