Oil Monotype of Dark Purple Iris

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This is an example of the type of monotype that is painted with
diluted oil paints on a zinc plate. I have done many of these in my
life, and with this medium have created some of my favorite
images. It is a fairly demanding medium, because you have to
dilute the paint to just the right consistency; you need to use
Turpentine, which I really can't stand (it gives me migraines,
even though I grew up with it because my mother was a painter
and used it constantly); and to manipulate the image, it has
to be semi-dry, or "set-up" to exactly the right state. At that point
you can take a pointed sable brush that is damp with solvent
and push the paint around on the plate - remove it, shape it,
add more, etc.. Then, it is printed on a dampened and blotted
piece of fine printmaking paper. The wonderful thing about
it is that oil and water don't mix, so that the oil image floats
semi-mysteriously, forever, on the surface of the paper - kind
of like a watercolor - but not. People ask my why I make these
instead of doing watercolors. That is why. They are not the
same in ANY way. You make a lot of losers, but when you make
a keeper, it is like nothing else. This isn't even one of my favorites.
Those are things I will never part with.

1 comment:

Terry Krysak said...

This is so beautiful, I love it.

Forgive me for saying this, but if turpentine bothers you so much why not use a half mask respirator when you are using turps? They are cheap, probably around $30.00/us with the cartridges. North Safety is one of the best on the market.
Turpentine contains aromatic hydrocarbons which can lead to a state of narcosis if inhalation is over too long a period of time, and very concentrated (used in a poorly ventilated room), and can result in loss of consciousness and even death in extreme exposures. Another alternative would be a N95 mask, even cheaper.