Monotypes

It had been over 15 years since my press did any printing until early last year when I set up a monotype workspace with my dear friends and fellow painters, Angela Saxon and Royce Deans. We used pieces of thick, narrow glass as a palette for the water-based inks, found a paper-soaking tray and lots of beach towels and we were off and rolling! The process is different from painting; I used brushes and brayers to apply ink, and all manner of materials to wipe it off. The additive/reductive process leaves room for great surprises when the image is pulled off the plate, revealing a print that is not only reversed, but with the first-applied ink on top of the later layers. The resulting complexities have informed my painting practice by expanding how I think about mark-making and color.