Monotype: Chapel Fountain

Chapel Fountain 4x6 Monotype with Watercolor
Up at the San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa, there is a sweet little garden just off to the right of the main entrance. An old fountain flutters with birds, and an assortment of rose bushes invite you to take a seat on a bench, be surrounded by early California history, and just breathe for a moment.

Adding watercolor to the monotype ghost is great fun, because
it's like painting over a faint graphite drawing. Since I made that under-drawing
by pushing ink around on a metal late,  it doesn't have a pencil quality
in the line work, but the ink is faint enough to look like graphite.

Monotype Ghost - a faint remainder of ink from a much darker monotype.
The still-wet plate & ink are pressed against Arches cover paper on the press,
which results in a very soft version of the monotype.
 I'm adding washes of watercolor to the print in this shot.
Art Quote
What a queer thing touch is, the stroke of a brush. In the open air, exposed to wind, to sun, to the curiosity of people, you work as you can, you fill your canvas. Then however, you catch the real & the essential - that is the most difficult. But after a time you take up this study again & arrange your brush strokes in the direction of the objects - certainly it is more harmonious & pleasant to look at & you add whatever you have of serenity & cheerfulness. 
~Vincent Van Gogh


Barbara Muir said...

Love this perfect monotype, and the quote.

Thanks for the inspiration.

XOXOXO Barbara

Celia Blanco said...

Beautiful quote and your work is beautiful. It looks like such an inviting place.

Marian Fortunati said...

Nicely done, Belinda. And I love that Van Gogh quote!!

Pierre Meurice said...

Beautiful quote and work!