Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Monoprints, Monotypes and a Bad Studio Day

Everyone has bad days at work..
but this year I decided to share them with you..
gentle reader,

in speaking to other artists,
I have found that there is a common perception 
that people share concerning art and artists..
that our work isn't really work..
that we have fun all day..
and that making things is pure joy..

occasionally, it is..
but mostly is is a career like any other..
there are good days and bad days..

I was musing about this the other day when began a series of Monotypes
in the studio last week...
Monoprints and Monotypes are similar in one aspect, 
they are pulled off a glass or some other kind of plate and pressure is applied by
hand or brayers to assist in the transfer of the image
applied to the plate.

But Monotypes are created by working off a smooth surface with no markings or indentations..

a small difference,
and to be clear, the words have been used interchangeably forever..

often as I pull prints in the studio
I happen across a happy accident 
on this day, it seemed that the more I worked,
 the worse the images..

So I gave it a rest and worked on my portrait of Ella..
and my flower journal..

The next day I went back to it and used blue acrylic paint to freshen
and change it all up..

But still the images did not meet with my approval..
and clearly 
I was not having fun...

so I pulled all the prints together and noticed I had used up an entire ream of paper, 
pad of paper
but it felt like a ream..


 I will find a use for them..
even if I cut them and use them for collage
and I will revisit monotypes..

but not any time soon..

Last year, I would have shoved them in a drawer.. 
this year, I am sharing them with you
new year,
new insights,
new directions..

Ciao, ciao!


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Oh, yes I've been there! Usually wait a day or so and reserve a few 'good' ones and for want of space...rip up others and save the good bits. Never such an awful day but one of beginnings.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm delighted you shared your "bad" days with us. I have lots of those, and always share them on my blog. I always say you can't rewind the day, so make the best of it. It makes it real and it makes me feel less of a failure when I read that YOU, one of my heros, also has bad days. Thank you for this post, dear!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Mistakes are lessons learned. I find that forcing anything usually doesn't yield much, but when you step away for a little while, you can try again with a new perspective.

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, I knew you would understand how it goes, yes I will probably rip them up and use them for something else or I will enhance them with collage and paint. But sharing the failures is so freeing!! thanks for stopping by!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Dr. E, I am so happy that you enjoyed my failure post.. all the best artists have them, the only difference with us and non artists is that they still get paid each week and we wait until something sells!! Thanks so much and you made me giggle on the hero moniker!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Tammy, well I thought waiting a day would make a difference but it seemed to just make it worse!! I will try again.. MAYBE!! LOL xo

Sharmon Davidson said...

Mama said there'd be days like this... Yes, it feels like you're fighting yourself, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your trials and tribulations with us, Cat, and for showing that being an artist isn't all fun and games. And when you have a day that, you know the next one's gotta be better!

Hastypearl said...

Good grief, yes! I’ve been there.
One day recently, I tortured a page so bad, I got up out of bed that night and turned the paper over face down, I guess so I wouldn’t see it again, the next morning!
I’ll cut it into rectangles, the size of greeting cards, add some little collage bits and they will be fantastic: )
Something about lemons and lemonadešŸŒ»šŸŒ»
Bigger picture here, is that you’ve put your foot on the neck of your shame and look what excellent company you’ve found yourself!
Create ON, friend!

froebelsternchen said...

Wonderful new directions! I always love to see that all artists have bad days and little failures and so on...
that is something we should share more often. It encourages others--and that every little piece that is not to our liking can be used for something else is so freeing!

Happy arting Caterina!
I tried monoprinting faces once and they are alwas just a start-
You have to progress the pieces afterwards with collage and colors -
they never look good innately!

oxo Susi

Sharmon Davidson said...

p.s. Also, thanks for putting in a word about the monotype/monoprint thing. I've thought of having a "defintions" page on my website, but who would read that? lol

ELFI said...

les monotypes sont souvent liƩs avec la chance.. :))) biz

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Sharmon, I knew you would like this post, just keeping it real my friend, new year, and letting my freak flag fly high!! Thanks for understanding and for leaving a message!! I so appreciate you! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

"Put my foot on the neck of my shame!" You crack me up, Laura, and I love the story of your tortured page, so very funny, my friend!! I may tackle them again, but will give it a rest for now. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving not only a message but your great support. x

Caterina Giglio said...

Susi, thanks for the great ideas, yes I have thought about embellishing the faces and so glad you enjoyed my failure post, thanks for the encouragement, my friend!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Sharmon, I love your P.S. and we artists would read it of course!!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Elfie... Tu as raison mon ami, les monotypes sont par hasard .. xo

Dorthe said...

Dear Cat,
Like everyone else say,- we have them all,- and like you say , - not having to earn money but "only" respect , surely makes a difference in how it is looked at--- one day of unusable work for you, is like no money earned- for me I just have to undo the pieces , which is also much work, but I did not loose money to come !!
Some days are hard, no fun at all, deadlines, and bad results, luckily other days are fun and with good results, -thank you for sharing dear friend.
Hugs, Dorthe

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