I am becoming obsessed with monotype processes! I have done a lot of work with gel press plates but last week I obtained a sheet of plexiglass (about A2 in size) and have been doing some experiments towards coursework (portraits mainly). I have also been using it to develop some layered landscapes. I am using acrylics at the moment, although my Caligo printing ink should be delivered today and I can start messing about with that. I am fascinated with the process of creating monotypes and how different each one can be. I had a kinda of plan for this one but the trees took over. It’s inspired by all the woodland I visit on my wanderings around these parts.
20″ x 16″
Acrylics, inks, gels on heavy textured and sculpted surface (my own texture paste), displacement chemical (Surgical Spirits), Montana copper metallic spray paint on stretched canvas.
Again, I haven’t sealed this yet with a binder or clear gel. My daughter likes this one so much, I don’t think I will be allowed to do anymore work on it 🙂
Close ups of texture:
“Sparklers with a fire stick”
Acrylics, inks, gel, metallic effect medium on mixed-media paper.
10 ¾ “ x 7 ½ “
Close ups of texture:
About the title:
I was going through old dvd’s I have of stored family photos and came across a picture I’d taken when on holiday in the Southern Drakensberg with my family for a long weekend over Easter back in 2008. We made a fire outside whilst we were braaing (you guys in the UK call it a barbeque). My son placed a few twigs in the red embers, waited until they were glowing and then began making circular patterns, zigzags and drawing words in the darkness (as we would do with sparklers on Guy Fawkes night back in the day when people were responsible and there was no need for stupid draconian health & safety regulations for everything). I digress. Anyway, that moment inspired this painting. (even though I promised I’d lay off the gilt paper for a bit, couldn’t help myself) 🙂
“Autumn with rocks”
About 10½” x 7½”
Acrylic, gels, paste, caulk, gilt metallic paper (Pebeo), inks on acrylic paper.
I bought me some Pebeo metallic effect papers yesterday ‘cos they were on sale at Hobbycraft! Of course I didn’t get the gilding paste to go with (duh) … so it’s a bit futile trying to do anything with the metallic paper without the paste. Necessity being the mother … and all that … I used other sticky stuffs that I have laying around and used that to get the metallic paper to bond to the surface of this little piece. It still didn’t work out the way I wanted it to … so looks like I’ll have to go and get me some gilding paste (dammit).
I didn’t gesso the acrylic paper before I applied the textural pastes (I used household grout/filler and glue), so the paper buckled somewhat – I did use a lot of paste though to be fair. I weighted the paper down after a few coats of bonder but it’s still a bit bumpy, which I like. It was supposed to have texture after all! Otherwise why bother hey?
I like the colours on this one, there is just the tiniest smidgeon of metallic powder blue (ink) splattered here and there. I would like to make this one into a much bigger piece with a more rigid substrate.
Thanks for looking at my work and commenting, I really appreciate it! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.
“Orange hills and grasses”
10½” x 7½”
Acrylic, gels, paste, grit, sand, inks on mixed-media paper.
I tried a few larger pieces this week on the A3 acrylic paper but I wasn’t happy with them, so then I fiddled about with this small piece. Also not really happy with it but thought I’d stick it up here for reference purposes.
Fine sand/grit, bonding agent, acrylics, irridescent medium, gloss medium, various metallics on 140lb A3 size acid free Acrylic paper
Actual size of painting: 14½” x 9¾”
Close ups of texture detail.
There is a slight buckling of the finished work, mainly because it was not completely dry when I took the photos. I am weighting it under pressure at the moment, so that it cures completely flat. This is the first time I’ve worked on acrylic paper, I’m not sure about it yet – although I can already tell that it is much stronger than the multi-media paper and I like the fact that it has a linen type grain, which is enjoyable to work on. I used gesso as primer before starting the work and many layers, using gloss medium and irridescent medium in between to set the layers properly. I’m not 100% happy with the composition but I didn’t want to overwork it so that the colours remained fresh. I tried to evoke a feeling of lazy, hot sunny days near the sea in summer.
Untitled – study.
Acrylics, gel medium, metallics on mixed-media paper (250gm/169lb)
Approximately 12″ x 8″
Close up of texture detail.
I have been watching a lot of videos by the German artist, Gerda Lipski and was inspired by her to try layering with acrylics on paper today. This is not something I normally do – because I don’t trust the nature of paper to stay strong during the layering process! Anyway, thanks to some of the tips that Gerda gives on her YouTube channel, I figured it out and now I’m having fun layering on paper for a change! Need to get some more acrylic medium though, as I’ve run out – so had to use heavy gel medium on this piece, which explains why I ended up with a bit more texture in the middle than I thought I would. 🙂
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“Little bit of blue”
12″ x 12″ x 3/4″ deep stretched canvas
Acrylics – no texture medium, just varying thicknesses of paint, including metallic (gold).
Close up of texture of paint below.
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51cm x 41cm x 2cm
20″ x 16″ x 3/4″ (approx)
This is a heavily textured piece and a lot of reworking went into its creation. There are many layers of material that I have sculpted. The layers were made from caulk, modelling paste, fabric, threads (metallic and cotton), sand and paint. I used acrylics, as well as metal effect paints and the base is a stretched canvas.
This image taken in reflected natural daylight with tripod.
Anyway, hope you like.
“Lost at the mall”
24″ x 18″
Reworked old canvas. Acrylics, glues, fabric, hand-dyed silk, caulk and gels.
Trying some new colour combos out today. Don’t know as I like this one yet. Might chuck it 🙂
There is a little back story behind this one, though. Many years ago, I lost my youngest daughter, who was about four at the time, when we were shopping in a busy department store. My eldest daughter (who was also with me) and I, spent a frantic fifteen or twenty minutes running backwards and forwards trying to find her. The horrible thing, for me, was that I’d had a particularly vivid nightmare the night before and in it I was hysterically running through what appeared to be train carriages (also brightly lit and full of people staring at me) searching anxiously for something or someone … all the time I was looking for my little girl, I was trying to remember how the dream ended but I couldn’t! I think these kinds of dreams are called prescience … don’t know much about that. In any case, my heart was in my mouth as we ran through the garishly lit and noisy mall trying to find my baby – there had been a spate of child abductions in the area where we lived during that time, which made things even more scary. People watched me running past, screaming for my child, shaking their heads and looking worried but nobody actually did anything to try and help. We eventually discovered that she’d gone back to the parking area and was patiently sitting on the pavement by the front wheels of my car, waiting for us to come and fetch her.