• 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.

    All About Iris by Marian Osher ©2012
    768,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Blue Symphony by Marian Osher ©2012
    778,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Brass Band by Marian Osher ©2012
    759,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Flowerscape by Marian Osher ©2012
    771,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 10 x 8

    Happy Mothers Day by Marian Osher ©2012
    478,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Lullaby by Marian Osher ©2012
    768,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 8 x 10
    Make My Day by Marian Osher ©2012
    750,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    One Two Three by Marian Osher ©2012
    759,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Sun Flares by Marian Osher ©2012
    762,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Opening Reception by Marian Osher ©2012
    766,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 8 x 10
    In Full Bloom by Marian Osher ©2012
    762,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 10 x 8
    Rose is a Rose by Marian Osher ©2012
    482,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Overture by Marian Osher ©2012
    752,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 10 x 8
    Bright Red Flower by Marian Osher ©2012
    479,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Popcorn Flowers by Marian Osher ©2012
    779,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Spring Recital by Marian Osher ©2012
    765,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11 x 14
    Waltz of the Flowers by Marian Osher ©2012
    758,600
  • mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 8 x 10
    Trio by Marian Osher ©2012
    754,600
  • 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*SPARKS by Marian Osher ©2012
    606,679
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