• relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 12 x 15 1/2

     

    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

    Relief monotypes on sculpted canvas

    First I made a monotype on a mylar plate and printed it onto dampened paper with my etching press. Then I mounted the paper print onto heavy canvas and cut out the shape of the flower. I then bent and molded the flower to make a relief monotype, further treating the canvas with a stiffening medium to hold the shape.

    Dance with Me by Marian Osher ©2012
    756,600
  • relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 14 x 13
    Blue Tango by Marian Osher ©2012
    631,600
  • relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 11 x 15 1/2
    All Decked Out by Marian Osher ©2012
    791,600
  • relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 14 x 16
    Enflamed by Marian Osher ©2012
    662,600
  • relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 14 x 13
    Only You by Marian Osher ©2012
    562,600
  • relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 16 x 13
    Promise by Marian Osher ©2012
    549,600
  • 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

    Relief monotypes on sculpted canvas

    First I made a monotype on a mylar plate and printed it onto dampened paper with my etching press. Then I mounted the paper print onto heavy canvas and cut out the shape of the flower. I then bent and molded the flower to make a relief monotype, further treating the canvas with a stiffening medium to hold the shape.

    Artist's Statement About ART*SPARKS by Marian Osher ©2012
    606,679
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