This morning I wanted to try something different. The trace monotype is something I've dabbled with only a few times over the years. I have had some interesting results in the past. Today I wanted to go back to a place I loved so much, Boracay Island in the Philippines. I was there with Ron last year. A paradise for me. Breakfast on the beach under palm trees. Absolute heaven and blissful.
For this piece I found a great photo of Ron sitting at breakfast whilst the waiter was taking our order. I particularly loved the lanterns hanging everywhere over the tables. Made of sea shells I believe. Philipino art and crafts are fantastically resourceful and capable.
To transfer the picture, I placed a carbon sheet under the pic and simply traced over the line work. Sounds like cheating ! Yes, I guess it is, but who cares, not me in the slightest. Artists need to be resourceful in terms of time and technique too. Make what needs to be done or said as quick as an idea or thought can be very fleeting ! True ?
I wanted to pay homage to a hero artist of mine from Australia, Peter Walsh. The spots of colour under the lines drawn are a reference to his technique in much of his work. To me it's a useful suggestion of atmosphere, of space and a trigger of movement. An example of Walsh's technique is in his piece titled The Explorers. I own that piece and get to see it everyday. I really love it and over time the piece I think has influenced my work.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints