Some of you may recall the posts about my two week printmaking residency last June at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. Their "Monothon" fundraiser is going on this weekend, and I had the pleasure of attending today and making a few monotype prints.
Artists from all over the region converge to work in the print facilities. Ten or twelve of us at a time take three-hour shifts working with Master Printer Frank Janzen and a team of energetic volunteers. The prints produced are offered for sale on the last day to make money for the institute's worthy programs.
Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints made by painting inks on a sheet of clear acrylic plastic, then laying paper on it and running it through a hand-cranked press. I decided to work with the image of the Angus bull I painted for the October 1st daily, just to see what changes the image would undergo in this different medium. The process is spontaneous and unpredictable...lots of accidents, happy or otherwise; but it's that sense of experimentation and discovery that makes it enjoyable. Of course the three hours whiz by and just when you feel you're getting warmed up, it's time to quit. Oh well, it was still fun.