This guy started out as an experimental oil monotype that I made at a PNCA workshop at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, OR. Although I wasn’t new to the concept of monotypes, up to that point my only experience involved working with acrylics on my gel plate at home. Here I was able to take advantage of the longer “active” time of oil-based ink and the different possibilities afforded by running plexiglass plates through the press.
While I was happy with some of the resulting textures and depths of color, this particular one didn’t work as a standalone composition, so I set about drawing on top of the print with good ol’ oil pastels, a medium I’ve enjoyed playing with since I was a kid. The heron made himself right at home in the water-droplet-like blue field, and has recently found a comfortable position to patiently wait for a tasty snack to swim by.