I work in a modified version of the monotype. Traditionally the monotype is a process by which an artist works in reverse on a non-absorbent surface utilizing printer’s inks. The work is then taken to a press; paper is laid on top of the painted plate and run through the press to transfer the image. I do not have the luxury of a press and cannot tolerate the stickiness and smell of the inks, so over a period of several years back in the ‘80s, I developed a modified monotype process to suit my needs using oil paint, working in reverse on plexi-glass with different tools.
As an artist , I have found that the monotype is a great tool for me to use because it is so immediate. I get an idea, work it though the monotype process, finish the idea in one session, put it down and walk away, and the idea is already recorded. I can come back to it later to enhance add polish or sparkle to what I have already done, but the image was captured in the first few minutes of addressing it. I don’t have to get into the original mind-set again.
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