As usual, my latest post to this blog is a lot later than I hoped. Life sometimes throws things at you, stopping you having fun. Ah well, here is my first set of experiments in Oilbar monoprints. I shall be doing a lot more of them, now all the building work in our house has finished.
Over 50 years ago, when I was at art school, they started me with oil paints. After a few weeks, I became dissatisfied with the long drying times involved with oils. It was suggested that I tried using acrylic paints. They dry a lot faster, almost immediately in fact. I loved them and used them for a long time, until other things such as playing music and holding down a, "proper job" got in the way. I gave up painting many years ago.
Last year, on YouTube, I discovered a growing number of art tutorials by the wonderful UK artist and sculptor, Dan Tirels. His videos inspired me to start painting again, using oil paint in a stick form. Actually, although it is painting, the technique is called Monoprinting. I started to work with Oilbars at the beginning of this year. There are eighteen monoprints of mine below.
On Dan's web page, he invites people who have been inspired by his tutorials to send examples of their work to him and he will put them in his web page gallery. I was very flattered that he took six of my pieces for display there.
Please take a look at Dan's videos on YouTube and visit his web page. Have a good look round and tell your friends about him. Click the URL link below to be taken to his page. There is also a link on the right-hand side of this blog.
I'm thinking of making 40 prints to bind in a book. They'll be varnished with matt varnish to protect them. Once I've designed the cover for it, I can begin assembling the project. Each image will have a sheet of tracing paper between it and the next one.
I'm not going to make any comments on the works below, they should be able to speak for themselves.
Curtains, lights, on with the show!
Man With Scarfe
Rock Study #1
Until next time, look after each other.