I realized as of late that I neglected to share with you two of the monotype/gouache/collage pieces I did in September when working with the Atelier Meridian. These two works were actually the first images that I pulled in the studio.
Art develops in often curious matters and these works had a happy accident happen with them.
My concept for them was to draw inspiration from some images I took of the sun setting over eastern Oregon, and then add faces based on sculptures that I had been doing as sand casts (a project I’ve been doing with our students on our art retreat on the Oregon coast for years).
I drew with a sharpie on mylar the heads and then cut them out, and inked them up separately before I placed them on the plexiglass plate to print. The accident was I inked up the side of the mylar with the sharpie, and it transferred as well onto the final print. Oddly enough, I really liked the lyrical and open quality of the line work.
Unfortunately sharpie would eventually fade, so I went back into the prints and with gouache painted the lines in. Now they’ll be there for a very long time.
Art is this funny dialogue indeed. As much as an artist may have a direction for a work, you never quite know what may happen.