Started working on a new series of monotypes tonight. I felt like playing around with the idea of 3 trees. I am working of a very small scale - about 21cm x 18 cm (half an A4). The first few were a frantic paced exercise to attack the surface and break the anxiety of staring at a blank surface for too long. It's a great way to put down marks without too much thinking or fear. Preciousness needs to be pushed away from the session.
The smaller scale is always hard to negotiate at first. The big brush comes out and I realise that it needs the touch of a smaller brush to define the subject of the tree or landscape. It was what I decided on and the next few monotypes started to emerge as speaking a language I could relate to tonight. More energy, more confidence and a new world created.
I think the tree is a subject that I'm attracted to. I seem to depict it in some form over and over again. What does it mean to me ? I don't think I can answer that tonight. Let's leave that for another time. Im happy with the small scale as long as the monotypes are as bold and energetic as the large scale works 50cm x 70cm. I think they are so far. These works tonight are definitely monotypes. I purposely wiped any after image or ghost ink from the Perspex plate. I consciously want to reinvent tonight and not be influenced by the residue of the subject. In saying that, I did rub the ink around the plate, but not wipe it clean completely. With the wiped plate, I picked out shapes I could see and used that to guide the brushing of the ink. That's how the trees were formed.
I think this may become a major series. 3 trees. It may be the beginning of an abstract style of work. I'm not sure yet. I know that I need to merge my paintings closer to the monotypes. Perhaps use much less color and focus on the subject at hand.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints