How to Make a Mountain Different

Sometimes you start out drawing mountains, but then you wind up drawing the fog that obstructs the mountain instead.  FullSizeRender_3FullSizeRender_1I picked up a pound of transparent base, so I’m interested to see how layers of transparencies behave.  Previous to this I’ve been relying on burnt plate oil #2 and turpentine washes, and of course some reductive techniques.


Iris #2

iris2Iris 2This one has more layers and I got fancier with the wiping.  There are more textures, but I want to focus on a spontaneous feel.  Eric suggested a new subject matter and I agree.

More Monotypes



Different process, similar results.  This attempt included a brayer, tarletan, and burnt plate oil.  The reference was a sketch, so I interpreted an interpretation.  The dimensionality of the storm clouds didn’t translate: they have much more architecture.  Next experiment will be multiple layers so I think I can handle the registration, especially with plexi.

Enhanced Ghost Print


I’ve never really attempted this style or method before.
1) Sketch on site with a bic pen. Took some photo references.
2) Create monotype using sketch as guide (using a plexiglass matrix)
3) Pull prints, including the residue ghost print
4) Redraw image using sketches and references, again using a bic pen.
The thing with redrawing is that sometimes whatever spontaneity you got from the sketch or monotype gets lost. I think that happened here because this feels a little stiff, but, I think the faces are more accurate. I made a GOOD monotype once as a gift for a friend, but his nose was too big. It ruined the other 3.5 square footage of drawing.


Third Grade Poetry



I finally cleaned and organized my “art studio”.  I threw out a lot of shit, because I love to throw out shit, which is what made me know for certain that I could never be an archivist.  However there is a nostalgic streak that runs through my body, and I did hold on to a lovely poem I wrote when I was 8 years old.  It’s about swans, which makes sense because I’ve been collecting photo clippings of swans for all these years.  Above is a monotype I made recently based on some of those images I’d been saving.  At least I’m consistent.  So in celebration of throwing out most things,  but holding on to some, I’d like to share my poem with you.  I’ve written it in italics for this special occasion:

Out of the sky from nowhere to be seen

a swan was going to a stream.

Laying her eggs in such a quiet way

there she was by the hay.

In the sparkling water

on this damp warm night

I see a fish by the warmth and the light.

I see it often and I see it well

now I know where they dwell. 

Thank you, everyone.

First Monotype


This is a gift; a monotype from a sketch drawn on site.  The plate is 12″x18″- and the press I’m working on can handle an even larger plate than that.  Might as well go big, and hope that the recipients of said gift can find the wall space for said monotype.