Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mrs Monoprint and Her New Press

My friend Renee Manford has a new addition at her artist's studio...

... at Clay Space. Well of course there are plenty of potter's at clay space...

... but Renee's thing is painting and her first love monoprints. Now she has her own press.

"Known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques, a monoprint is a non editable kind of print and is essentially a printed painting.

The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. Images, however, can be similar, but editing is not possible. The true appeal of the monotype lies in the unique translucency that creates a quality of light very different from a painting on paper or a print, and the beauty of this media is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing mediums." ~ [M]

The genius behind Renee's new press is Ron (pictured above) who took it upon himself to make Renee a Press with a little help from Vern.

The press is a wonderful mechanism of wheels, adjustment wheels and a bed for the pressing.

Renee paints the image normally on a thick acetate sheet that looks like glass and presses it onto an art paper.

Note the symbol on the bed of the press.

Looking closer I noticed the graph paper under the bed came from Takach Press Corporation of Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you think this isn't a small world, think again. My sister-in-law is married to and now has a married last name of Takach. No Takach is not a common name, so how cool is that.

The press is pretty large but fits cozily into Renee's studio space.

So now Renee can make her wonderful Monoprints at her own studio instead of using the lab at our local Community College and all of her materials and paints are in one place.

This is a great asset to an artist to have a private space for work that demands great concentration, spontaneity, and easy access to tools and materials.

Ron and Vern really came through for their friend, very special.

Renee has a full length mirror on the back of her door and being the snap-snap semi-pro photographer I am I couldn't resist taking this picture then reversing the mirror effect.

I've wanted to take a picture of this firing bed at clay space and finally did it.

I got a sneak peek of the new monoprints that will soon grace Renee's Web Page. This piece is titled "The Red Barn."

I didn't see a title for this ocean piece but I love the colors and light.

"Coastal Bridge" is an example of what I call complex simplicity with a contrast between the detailed bridge and the elegant background.

"Setting Sun - South Beach Yachats" is notable for the lightened sky, shadowy beach and the white capped waves.

"Yachats, OR - View from South Beach" captures the beauty of this unique Oregon beach community with it's famous "La De Da" slogan.

"Home Along the Siuslaw" takes unusually bright colors to depict a home along the mirror like Siuslaw River.

"South Beach Facing Yachats, Oregon" the town and mountains beautifully reflected in the Pacific Ocean.

Deep contrast is fantastic in this monoprint titled "Twilight at South Beach Yachats, Oregon."

I think Renee likes Yachats in this additional monoprint titled "South Beach - Yachats, Oregon."

"Roadside View" is a muted scene similar to so many seen in Oregon.

"Clouds on High" is breathtaking in it's depth and the movement felt in both the sky and sea.

Beautifully filled with color "Coastal Inlet" is simply wonderful.

"Tropical Swim" captures a swimmer in the surf off a tropical beach.

The tropics take over again from Oregon in the paradise of this "Tropical Retreat"

"The Drive, Leaburg, Oregon" takes us from the coast to a small town east of Springfield/Eugene Oregon with headlights on and darkness.

"Phthalo Pool" refers to the blue color of the pool - cool color.

So I looked it up on the Web;

"Phthalocyanine Blue BN, also called monastral blue, phthalo blue is a bright, greenish-blue crystalline synthetic blue pigment from the group of phthalocyanine dyes.

It was first developed as a pigment in the mid-1930s. Its brilliant blue is frequently used in paints and dyes. It is highly valued for its superior properties such as light fastness, tinting strength, covering power and resistance to the effects of alkalies and acids. It has the appearance of a blue powder, insoluble in water and most solvents."

No Scrabble we are watching the movie "The Men Who Stare at Goats"

Quote of the Day ~ “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” ~ Lyman Frank Baum


s said...

oh do tell renee her new works are wonderful and the press is way cool! she just gets better and better. i also really like paul the mirror pic of the two of you.

Anonymous said...

Great blog P.


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