Spring is coming, the first green leaves and some white blossoms on cherry trees can be seen. This time of year is the most exiting one as the wonder of living nature is unfolding again in front of our eyes. I spent some evening hours with a gouache set and ink among the apple trees trying to catch an impression of this exciting season of change in a set of experimental coloured sketches.
Another sketch in ink, done with a very big brush. I enjoyed the unusual tool and to explore how it can be used and what kind of different marks can be made. The result reminds me of landscapes seen in those intriguing shadow plays that where broadcasted for children in the early days of TV.
Two trees – Monotype print,size:9X9,courtesy by Wendy Orville, all rights reserved by the artist
Today I want to take a little excursion into monotype printmaking. Recently I had a friendly email exchange with monotype printer Wendy Orville, who kindly notified me about her new website address so I could update a link list with my favorite monotype printmakers.
Wendy Orville has a number of beautiful tree monotype prints in her landscape portfolio. Her sensitive use of colors, masterly control of tonalities and color saturation together with strong drawing/graphic skills are impressive and make for the excellent quality of her work in my opinion. I asked for permission to display this specific piece, because I like the structures that represent the foliage in particular. There is a whole world captured in a small print in size of 9×9 inches.
I think it is worthwhile to devote some time to these beautiful monotype prints. Wendy Orville is also an experienced teacher and holds workshops at her Inkgarden studios. Thank you Wendy for the inspiration and the permission to display one of your works on this blog!
This ink drawing was done with a big brush in a small sketchbook on watercolor paper. I love this big old brush,which has served me for more than ten years as tool and as model in some still life paintings. Now I picked it up again after a long time to use it as drawing tool to fill this sketchbook with a series of simple ink drawings of tree landscapes. The sketchbook is handmade in coptic binding. I found it on the Mainzer Minipressen Fair in 2009. I want a “Japanese book” and so some Haiku by Matsuo Basho will be noted as well on pages in between the drawings.