October 22, 2018 News from the Studio
I have a deep rooted love of monotypes that started when I was the printmaking studio monitor at Colgate University and had access to a professional press. Viewing the 2016 MoMA exhibit of 120 rarely seen monotypes by Edgar Degas inspired me to experiment with creating monotypes at home using a zinc plate, etching ink and a rolling pin (yes the one I use for pies!). So what exactly is a monotype? "A monotype is a print, but with one major difference from other printmaking processes: the artist creates exactly one print, instead of multiples (called editions). ... (So the finished print is a mirror image of what's on the plate.) The printing can be done with a printing press or sometimes by hand." - The Art League
"Blue Fish - redux"
Watercolor and Pastel over Monotype on Paper, 7.5"H x 11.5"W/ Frame: 13"x17"
I love fish and marvel at their beauty and variety. "Blue Fish - redux" is a monotype done with black etching ink on heavy printmaking paper over which watercolor and pastel are used to depict the colors of fish and water. It captures the texture and reflective properties of the fish scales and the movement of the water and has an overall gritty quality due to the viscosity of the ink. Having the fish outlined as if backlit makes them pop against the blue-green watery background as does the unexpected hint of pink in the scales. "Blue Fish - redux" is matted and framed with UV protection non-glare plexiglass.
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Until next time,
Emily Gilman Beezley