Experiment

January 20, 2015

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In printmaking, monotype is a wonderful way to experiment with materials and open the door to chance and surprise in the process. If you aren’t familiar with monotype, it basically involves making/painting an image on a plate (plexiglass, metal, even paper) and transferring that image to the printing paper by running the two together through the printing press. Unlike other forms of printmaking where multiple images can be pulled from the same plate, monotype results in a unique image with the sometime possibility of a paler ghost print from a second pull. In truth the possibilities for techniques in making monotypes are endless, and I couldn’t even begin to describe them here.

Last summer I took a short four session class just to have an opportunity to play a bit. I suppose it should have been no surprise when my printing did not go at all in the direction I had imagined. Under the guidance of the excellent artist and teacher Chris Palmer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School, I experimented with something I hadn’t tried before: using newsprint as the  printmaking plate. Caran d’Ache water soluble wax crayons can be used to draw on a surface and when run through the press with wet printing paper, the image transfers. I had tried this in the past using a plexiglass plate and was very disappointed in the result. But I had never tried drawing and layering the Caran d’Ache on paper. This allows the layers of wax crayon to be built up in much thicker layers than are possible on the plexiglass plate, and it also transfers the drawn strokes and marks which have a very different appearance than painted ones. There are, of course, still surprises in the printing, and that’s the beauty of the monotype process. My interest at the moment is to use the monotype as the base of mixed media images, adding in drawing, collage, trace monotype, etc., and this class allowed me to begin to experiment with that.

If you want to see some of the results, Hill Gallery is having an opening of the show CHRIS PALMER: TWENTY celebrating 20 years of Chris’ instruction at the VMFA with work from his students this Friday night, January 23, 5:00-8:00 PM. Stop in if you can!

Friday is a busy night. VisArts will be opening the annual [work] show featuring work by faculty, staff, and board members. Drop by 6:00-8:00!

Talk

September 13, 2013

 

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Her Silent Night and Track by Kathleen Markowitz

There is  a lot to see at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch; fifty-five or so drawings, paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces are hanging in the show Herald1 which runs until October 29. The opening last week was so well attended that is was difficult to see the artwork for the guests. David R. White conceived the show, curated the artists, and continues to direct the exhibition. The exhibiting artists include six painters (Andras Bality, Brad Birchett, Kathleen Markowitz, Sarah Masters, Elaine Rogers, and Diego Sanchez) and six photographers (Tom Chambers, Pam Fox, John Heroy, Anne Savedge, Medford Taylor, and David R. White). This Saturday, September 14 at 3:15 the artists will be at the library to speak about their work and answer questions. It is a busy weekend in Richmond, but try to make time to stop in.