Seahorse

Seahorse
Acrylic monotype and ink on paper. 9 x 13″. 2018.

As I continued experimenting with abstract monotypes, they began serving as a sort of Rorschach test as I started seeing various forms take shape in the resulting textures. Something about the colors in this one, which remind me a bit of a coral forest, and the textures, which were produced with assorted cast-off materials (like lace scraps and those bags they sell onions in), led me to find a little seahorse. The underlying acrylic was fairly thin, so I was able to layer the seahorse image on top using a regular art marker. (Other times, when the acrylic is too thick to easily draw on, I might use paint or, in some cases, I’ll just scan it in and draw on top of it digitally, using my drawing tool of choice, the open-source GIMP.)

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