Printmaking is an exciting new medium I have discovered recently. Monotypes are like paintings. They are all one of a kind originals. My new monotype series is both meditative and spontaneous.
Banana Plant I
This image combines my classic botanic illustration in pen and ink with my new intaglio inked plate using a printmaking process to create this one of a kind image.
Using Charbonell’s sepia ink on an intaglio plate this orchid creates a one of a kind image. Technically a monotype because there will not be another one exactly like it. That would be considered a series and they all have to be the exact same.
Bowls have so much symbolism to them. What do you hold onto? What do you chose to let go of? This simple but powerful monotype reflects on these questions.
But First Coffee
On One Love Lane in Western Negril Jamaica, there is a small shack that serves up delicious organic food some of the best jerk chicken I’ve ever had. If you need a tour guide for a small fee Ras Rody who runs Ras Rody's roadside organic might just take you up to the Blue Mountains where he knows some of the coffee growers. He gave me some green coffee beans to take home so I asked my local roaster to roast them for me which they did. Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica is hands down my favorite coffee worldwide. Was it the experience? The coffee beans themselves? The soil from the Blue Mountains? The original pen and ink drawing is being used as signage for the coffee plant at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Sometimes beauty lies in the value scale from dark to light. This orchid was originally created during one of my first drawing classes. Understanding value gives me the foundation to break away from traditional art but now I keep it in my back pocket for when I need it. Here I scraped payne’s grey Charbonnel ink into an intaglio plate, worked out the highlights with a tissue left some tone on the plate to keep it interesting and ran it through a printing press for this one of a kind image.
A compliment to the green coffee plant it felt good to use a dusty rose color on my plate. It was late at night up at Oehme Graphics, I had the print studio to myself and I felt compelled to give this coffee plate an opportunity to make some work.
W.C. & Vellum I
Watercolor and Vellum is the foundation of Sue Oehme’s printmaking. She is a master printer with decades of printmaking experience. I was fortunate to spend a week with her at her print shop in Steamboat. We worked well together and I loved all the people who came in and out of the studio during my stay.
Navy Blue Collograph
A new type of plate, known in printmaking circles as a collagraph. Made with Vellum, sandpaper and ink it was a process of going with the flow and not having a preconceived notion of the outcome. Sometimes staying openminded is the best way to learn.
Ochre & Forest Green Mum
Experimenting with solar plates is an exciting process. It combines my love of photography and painting. I print the image onto a transparency and expose that transparency under UV light onto a solar plate. The plate is like a stamp. Once the plate hardens, you can ink the plate and run it through an intaglio press. This image comes from one of my original flower photos.
Reminds me of fall, sunflowers peeking out in all varieties of colors and the pure joy these colors represent. Orange, yellow and red a bright and beautiful image.
Ultra and Ochre Mum
This monotype stared with a bit of Ultramarine Blue on the first run through the press. The second run ended up with yellow ochre being added.
Galaxy Blue Mum
This intaglio plate is my first. Depending on how long the plate lasts I will do my best to print a few more of these lovelies.
Navy Blue Mum
Some runs through the press work better than others. This one came out well. Payne’s Grey and Ultra are combined with a small drop or two of linseed oil to make the ink more viscous.
Hot Pink Mum
Sometimes you ‘ve got to go for it with color. No holding back here is’ hot pink all the way.
Teal and Ochre-Lt
Original ink drawing turned into a solar plate then inked with Charobonel in Ochre and Teal. This is a second or “ghost print” after the original. The process of just exploring and creating yields fantastic things. I did not know this was possible until this result happened and I just love the outcome.
Kindness is important. This is a reminder to not only be kind to others but to have compassion towards the self. We do not have enough self-compassion in the world.
Teal and Ochre Dk
My first run with the ink spot plate using colored ink. A single monoprint using multiple layers of teal-then ochre ink. These complementary colors have a certain enthusiasm about them.
Where do I start? By trusting my instincts. Trust in myself and my purpose.
Being present creates harmony. Harmony comes from fulfilling one’s purpose. Creating art equals harmony so therefore is not optional.
Serenity helps overcome obstacles. Do I need to say more about why it’s so important?
Play is equally as important as kindness, trust, or serenity. An essential tool in my toolkit. What have you done today that looks like play?
Begin Again. This is what I tell myself every time I set foot in my studio. It’s just a practice, like musical scales or yoga and meditation. You do it enough and you realize you are always starting over again.
Green Color Field
Green has always been a favorite color for me. Nature inspires me as a long-time observer. It has helped me stay balanced and good-natured. Translating that into art is my primary goal.
Finding My Way
The path has not been straight and sometimes it has not been easy. Now that I have clearer sense of who I am and what I am doing I am finding my way and loving it.
The path is tied to purpose. I have to follow my path. It is for my steps alone. Spoken with wisdom by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. I had the good fortune to meet Robert Hunter in 1979. He was the lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He passed away this week:
“There is a road, no simple highway Between the dawn and the dark of night And if you go no one may follow That path is for your steps alone”
J. Garcia/R. Hunter
What they say is true.
I have always loved Color. Color swatches, Pantone colors, color trends, color palettes, color theory and just anything having to do with color. Experimenting with color is a very important part of my artwork.
Inside & Outside
Looking within I find myself wanting to spend more time outside. Life gets busy and I have not been able to spend as much time outside as I would like. I have the awareness and that will help.