Making a Monotype Ghost & the San Diego Artwalk

6 years ago
Monotype: Arizona & Angel Face

Arizona & Angel Face 6.5x4.5 Monotype Ghost with Watercolor

(Process shots begin at the bottom of this post)

I'm back from the San Diego Artwalk with a lighter road case, and a festive satchel of memories from visits with old and new friends. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the show to visit, talk about & collect art, and catch up. Next weekend (May 5 & 6), I'll be exhibiting in Sierra Madre, CA at the 50th Annual Art Fair in Memorial Park, and Saturday night, I'll be in San Marino at the Art Matters Encore exhibit for the San Marino League at Huntington Gardens.  If you're local to the area, please attend either of these events. They each support great causes; the Sierra Madre Library, and philanthropic Arts Programs through Art Center and the Japanese Gardens at Huntington library.

Some of my roadies and festival friends hanging out at 
San Diego Artwalk on Saturday April 28, 2012 A monotype ghost print; the plate had enough ink left
after the first run through the press to pull a second, fainter
image, which is called a ghost. The plate is then cleaned, re-inked,
and ready to make something else. The same zinc plate, with an even coat of black printmaking ink rolled onto the surface.
The image above is pulled out of the ink with fingers, q-tips, paper towels, etc.
the plate is run through a press, to transfer the wet-ink image to paper. A zinc plate, clamped to a table while I bevel the edges to a 45 degree angle
Art Quote
Oftentimes young artists are given the impression that the artist must start with a vision, the grand theme, and then you find the tools to express your big idea. I've come to another conclusion through my personal journey. The artist excavates the vision out of one's body of work, out of the long process of becoming the artist and creating the work. Like a refiner's fire, the artistic process clarifies the vision, and shapes the artist.

So, take a group of your paintings or drawings, and consider them all together to see the underlying themes in your own work. Make notes of your strongest impressions, or even write a couple sentences about each picture, asking yourself "Why did I make this painting?" and "What am I trying to express?" Even if your notes are more word association than sentences, you will see themes emerge. You could also gather a few trusted artist friends, and do this together.

Next, you can ask yourself, "Is this what I wanted to do?" And, moving forward with your artwork, you will have more ability to consider how you shape the underlying themes you express in your work.

Artist, Patricia Watwood 2012


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