Hurray! I happily spent an afternoon in the studio playing with monotypes. I had spent the better part of two days in the studio bouncing from idea to idea, the result of having made a 2010 To Do list. So much I want to do, so many ideas that need to come forth and work their way through the birthing process. In reading other artist blogs, I see I am not alone. Maybe it is the time of year. Maybe it is the unusual Arizona rain. So to clear my head, I just played with the AKUA ink and learned more about Transparent Base. In the first pass of this print to the right, I added the figure in one color, wiped out a little white areas and painted in the trunks and the rolled out the ultramarine blue on the right. Then I cleaned the plate and rolled out the entire plate with Phthalo blue w/white and lots of transparent base. I wiped out the light areas on the body and printed it again. For the third pull, I rolled out ultramarine blue again with transparent base and printed it over the body and the rest of the right side. I wiped the light and middle tones on the body which created the darkest shade on the figure. I was really happy with how it turned out. I've called it "Plunge" and it is 10" x 10."
I am a printmaker who lives in Phoenix AZ. I am a member of Five15 Arts Gallery and teach printmaking at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. My favorite media are reduction relief, monotype and solarplate etching.