Serendipity Monotype Prints August 2021 - April 2022
"Life can often offer us what we least expect. Our response to what we may not have anticipated is to deal with reality to the best of our ability. Our calling is to turn whatever situation we find ourselves in into something positive, productive, and spiritually uplifting. I have been working in non-objective monotypes for a long time because I love making these prints. I am comfortable with the fact that the image I start working with has established a direction of its own making due to the nature of the printmaking process itself. I accept not knowing what my final picture will look like till I’m finished. In composing I am responding to what I have already painted on a plate with etching ink each step of the way. Working incrementally gives me many choices. Hopefully my solution will be unified, uplifting, fun, and hold your interest.
Monotypes are unique prints. Unlike other fine art prints which are made in a series of identical images called an edition, each of my monotypes is a one of a kind artwork made on an etching press. The first marks I paint on the plate become the last marks on the image. What I paint on the left side of my plate is printed on the right side of the finished print. The ink which is denser with pigment than paint is pushed into the paper and can produce subtle differences in color density. I enjoy working with all these variables.
Life has so many unexpected turns of events. That’s just the way it is. I think it’s best to practice reframing our personal circumstances so that we see them in terms of the often hidden blessings they contain. Yes, difficulties are real, present, and not necessarily going to go away. But with some tweaking we can also see beauty within real problems. We have to do the thought and the work of uncovering the blessing contained within what might at first appear to be chaos. I hope that you are able to routinely make fortunate discoveries almost by accident. May God bless you with the joy of serendipity!"
Bismarck State College Galleries August 15 - September 25, 2021 James Memorial Art Center December 1-27, 2021 Bismarck Art & Galleries Association January 4-29, 2022 Northwest Arts Center March 3 - April 15, 2022