Friday, February 10, 2012

"Love and Friendship"

($40.00...6" x 6"...mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"Transparency in relationship is a prerequisite to deeper levels of love and friendship." True intimacy requires not holding back. Hopefully, we all have a few relationships where we can "let our hair down", so to speak. These persons are rare. If you have more than one or two in your life, consider yourself blessed.

In this piece, I added another technique to my repertoire. I bought a set of Derwent Graphitint pencils. They are a water soluble graphite that yield neutral color when applied. They were used extensively over this photograph after I sprayed it with spray acrylic coating (3x). By first applying pencil marks where you want more of a color boost, followed by going over those marks with a wet brush, you can get the most subtle effects. The most obvious place where I used one of these pencils is in the neutral red heart on the right hand side. The berries were also given a boost with the same color. The set comes with 12 pencils ranging in various shades of grays...some leaning towards red, green, or blue.

The most obvious blue in the background was created by monoprinting with Caran d'Ache Carribean Sea Ink. Both of these techniques work very well with transparent imagery or any photo that has a lot of subtle color to begin with. Just one more thing to try or think about.

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  1. It's lovely! The quote is so true; I love the softness of it and you even worked in a heart for valentine's day!

  2. Just beautiful - as all of them are. You do monoprints first on many of these - what paper do you use? Is it a hotpress paper which you then letter on? You get such lovely results. Thanks for gracing my days with beauty and truth.