Thursday, 20 May 2021

Telling a story.

My travels in paint...
and thoughts from the gel plate.

'Early Rising'

A4 monotype on paper 

A memory of sunrise with a peach glow.


This week my creative time has been
split between the garden and print room.

The weather has played a part as the 
frequent rain showers drove me inside.

How convenient...
a chance to play with paint.

After a few recent sessions with muted colours I decided 
to go with some brighter ones and vary the mark-making.

Making marks and scribbles is part of my painting hand writing.   

I like to draw into the paint on the gel plate and make
scribbles in the pulled print for added interest.

'Ice Pool' was the perfect image for this.

'Ice Pool'

A4 monotype on paper 

My monotypes often seem to have a landscape feeling.
It isn't a conscious decision, it just happens.

When I say landscape, I really mean abstracted landscape.
Some are reminiscent of land, whilst others are coastal.

The titles come to me after the print is finished.

'Be Free'

A4 monotype on paper 

Here is a change of colour.
The bold purple is a mix of 
Ultramarine and Quinacridone Magenta.
Buff Titanium was my choice for the top as a soft hue.

'Meet me at Sunset'

A4 monotype on paper 

The next print is one of my favourites...
I love my marks in the paint adding 
narrative to the picture.

Teal is a beautiful colour, almost ethereal.
This gave me an idea for the title.

'That Sweet Hour'

A4 monotype on paper 

My print below is also a gem...
it can be viewed both ways which is always special.  

I don't set out to do this, it's really how it
looks when I do the final pull.

Some work, others don't.
The more abstract, the greater 
chance of it happening and when
it does, I am really happy.

'The best of Times'

A4 monotype on paper 

The other view...

This orange and black print was fun.
Scraping out the paint let the paler
under painting show through.

It gave me the idea of pathways in 
an abstracted landscape.

Crossing Paths

A4 monotype on paper.

The monotypes below are examples of more abstract work.
They lend themselves to turning both ways.

'Time and Space'

A4 monotype 

'Dawn Chorus'

A4 monotype 

Below is a 'landscape' in vertical format.
The colours immediately reminded me of my 
Grandmother whose birthstone was Amethyst.

Part of the joy of painting comes from 
triggered memories, often from my childhood.


A4 monotype 

Finally, here is a grey muted landscape print 
with a focus on texture and tone.

No definite shapes, more an overall hint of shore, 
sand and grit with a worn aged appearance.

A simple off-white mount mat and plain black 
frame will be right for this vertical format.

'Of land and Sky'

A4 monotype on paper 

That's about all for now but before I go, here is
a picture of my garden which is beautifully wild.

This is at the side of my studio.

Until next time...
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