February 16, 2007

Monoprint Binge


Froze my tail off! Inflatable mattresses offer no insulation from a cold floor, especially in areas that aren't expected to be very cold so no downy sleeping bags and few other warm fuzzies included. However, the warm friendship of six 'old buddy artists' more than made up for the near freezing temps at night and we kept the press going in the sunny studio. The above photo is only a sampling of all that was done during the first two days... I had to skip out on the third day due to a busy weekend coming up.

As you can see, (mine are on the far left) I stuck to a couple of motifs as I struggled to learn to print with water based inks rather than my preferred oil inks. But it did offer a chance to work through some possible upcoming canvas series. Will talk about them later, but essentially, they are 'structures' and 'cropped ensos.' Both require more spontaneity than these inks allowed but I'm blaming my slow learning curve, not the medium. I jumped at a chance to buy (cheap) an encaustic heat tray for wax prints and look forward to waxing enthusiastically, taking the ink and rice paper to another level... don't know when this is going to happen, but couldn't ignore the possibilities.

Much to do before getting back in the groove, talk to you later...

8 comments:

Martha Marshall said...

Yum, yum. I can't wait!! Good going!

Walker said...

encaustic heat tray -- you lucky dog!! can't wait to see what you produce...
Robin

KJ said...

Me too! Gotta get my other ducks in a row first. Hope something comes of it!

Mary said...

Karen, I wonder if you could say a few words in one of your future blogs about how you determine the size of your pieces and whether you have found there to be preferred sizes for specific purposes. For instance, are corporate installations usually larger than paintings hung in a home. Do you target an audience in determining the size of your pieces? Do you have a "perfect" or preferred size? Thanks so much.

Jacie said...

Beautiful gestural monoprints Karen. A few of them look almost bridge like. Considering that you were trying something new, ya done good! :)

Steven LaRose said...

we gotta do a show together

KJ said...

Mary... what's the old saying? "It's not the size that's important, it's what you do with it!" There just isn't a one size fits all kind of answer as to what works best in any given situation. The money is in the big stuff but it's easier to sell smaller works. I like squares, but also like extreme rectangles. Thanks for making me think, even if I couldn't come up with a good answer ;-)

Jacie, I do feel very structural about them, even the cropped circles.

Steve... I'm afraid you'd show me up! I'm envious (another problem!) You make it look too easy.

Olga said...

I love the cropped enso - there is such dynamism in your gestural marks, and I find it is so enhanced by the shapes you use for the overall form of your pieces. Have fun with the wax - I look forward to the results!