Arizona & Angel Face 6.5x4.5 Monotype Ghost with Watercolor
(Process shots begin at the bottom of this post)
|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|
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.