Here’s a sampling of the now 40 or so small monotypes I’ve been making with Dr. Ph. Martins Hydrus Watercolors on Yupo (Actually, just one color so far – black. Because it’s my favorite. And because it’s awesome.) I will ramble about this sometime soon, but for now let’s just say…I am in love with this process. Yes, I will do some in color too. Well, maybe! 😉
Most of the pieces I’ve created thus far are 4″ x 6″, and a few are 5″ x 7″. Some of these seem to be abstract paintings, a few with implied representational or organic forms. Others are more akin to x-rays or vintage photos, which I adore… and that ultimately became the accidental intent of this series.
It all started with the smallest ones you see here (somewhere around 2″ x 3″). Those were just scraps of Yupo I was using as testers for the watercolors while working on a larger piece, which I ruined HARD.
I had to force myself to walk away from these and not add more detail, color, or anything more intentional. It was a much-needed escape that I intend to revisit and explore further. I believe there’s something to this spontaneity thing.
I’m glad that painting I’d started was a complete fail and that I noticed how much I liked the tiny little test pieces…as I was walking them to the trash.