• mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14

     

    ART*SPARKS, Rekindling the Gifts

    Just 10 months before the opening of my 2012 solo show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, I suffered an episode of the dreaded Creative Block! I pulled out my stack of self-help books for artists. Then I turned to the internet, where I found many strategies and antidotes from other artists. Actually, for me, the solution came from my Yoga instructor, who had taught me to focus on my breathing. I realized that creating is like breathing. It's natural but it can't be forced or rushed. You have to breathe slowly and deeply, first in, a short pause and breath out. Then pause again and repeat. When I overload my creativity, it's like hyperventilating. There isn't enough coming in to allow the creative energy to flow out. This "aha" realization removed the pressure and anxiety. I relaxed and allowed the process to work naturally.  And it did.

     

    Rediscovered gifts from family, friends and nature provided the starting point for creating almost 60 new monotype prints for ART*SPARKS. Flowers expand and evolve as layers of petals continue to open. Shells are found nested inside other shells, broken or not, and mixed with layers of sand. Exploring subject matter and processes has pushed me past the flat plane of the paper into mixed media, multi-dimensional monotypes on painted canvas.

     

    ART*SPARKS has led to an expansion of the way that I work with printmaking. I like the intimacy of viewing the art surface directly, without glass barriers or frames. Through research, I found an archival means to preserve my artwork. It felt scary to tear off the white paper borders and to cut up my monotypes because I could have destroyed them. I now feel that choosing to take this risk and exploring new processes has re-energized my creative flow -- and I am having fun again! 

     

    Media

    Mixed-media monotypes on canvas
    After creating a monotype on a mylar plate with water-soluble media, I transferred the image to dampened paper with my etching press. Then I cut apart my monotypes to make multiple levels on acid free foam board, mounted on canvas. By painting each canvas with colors related to the monotype, I extended the creative process. 

    Adagio by Marian Osher ©2012
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  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Beach Companions by Marian Osher ©2012
    768,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Blue Shell by Marian Osher ©2012
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  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Broken Shell Collage by Marian Osher ©2012
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  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Clams Up by Marian Osher ©2012
    764,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Collection Point by Marian Osher ©2012
    768,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Conch with Broken Shells by Marian Osher ©2012
    766,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Congruencies by Marian Osher ©2012
    767,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Peek-a-Boo Blue by Marian Osher ©2012
    768,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Shell Bed by Marian Osher ©2012
    766,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Shells and Red Spaces by Marian Osher ©2012
    764,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Shells with Red Rock by Marian Osher ©2012
    765,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Shells with Sand Dollar by Marian Osher ©2012
    754,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Sonata by Marian Osher ©2012
    758,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Turn, Turn by Marian Osher ©2012
    762,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Two Tiny Shells by Marian Osher ©2012
    764,600
  • ART*SPARKS, Rekindling the Gifts

     

    Just 10 months before the opening of my 2012 solo show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, I suffered an episode of the dreaded Creative Block! I pulled out my stack of self-help books for artists. Then I turned to the internet, where I found many strategies and antidotes from other artists. Actually, for me, the solution came from my Yoga instructor, who had taught me to focus on my breathing. I realized that creating is like breathing. It's natural but it can't be forced or rushed. You have to breathe slowly and deeply, first in, a short pause and breath out. Then pause again and repeat. When I overload my creativity, it's like hyperventilating. There isn't enough coming in to allow the creative energy to flow out. This "aha" realization removed the pressure and anxiety. I relaxed and allowed the process to work naturally.  And it did.

     

    Rediscovered gifts from family, friends and nature provided the starting point for creating almost 60 new monotype prints for ART*SPARKS. Flowers expand and evolve as layers of petals continue to open. Shells are found nested inside other shells, broken or not, and mixed with layers of sand. Exploring subject matter and processes has pushed me past the flat plane of the paper into mixed media, multi-dimensional monotypes on painted canvas.

     

    ART*SPARKS has led to an expansion of the way that I work with printmaking. I like the intimacy of viewing the art surface directly, without glass barriers or frames. Through research, I found an archival means to preserve my artwork. It felt scary to tear off the white paper borders and to cut up my monotypes because I could have destroyed them. I now feel that choosing to take this risk and exploring new processes has re-energized my creative flow -- and I am having fun again! 

     

    Media

    Mixed-media monotypes on canvas

    After creating a monotype on a mylar plate with water-soluble media, I transferred the image to dampened paper with my etching press. Then I cut apart my monotypes to make multiple levels on acid free foam board, mounted on canvas. By painting each canvas with colors related to the monotype, I extended the creative process.

    Artist's Statement About ART*SPARKSby Marian Osher ©2012
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