I've been wanting to do some larger, more saturated, looser works from my small Paris watercolors, and I've been having trouble. I love subtractive monotypes (roll ink in one color and just carve out an image), but I wasn't doing well with the additive (painting in multiple colors on a plate and then printing). The top is my latest experiment with those. I still can't keep the ink wet enough to print the whole painting, and the results overall just look way too loose and unprofessional. I love the texture but can't control the process well enough to make the art I want to.
So now I'm trying just painting on paper with acrylics. I want something that I can show the paper through (so oils are out), and I'd like something fast and spontaneous. I used the same image for comparison and tried the second piece. I'm more happy with the results, though I miss the softer texture of the printmaking, and I think I'll try some more. I can also work a bit bigger, since I'm not limited by the size of my press.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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