Printmaking is a new art adventure for me. After working in other mediums for over 40 years, I have transformed what was once a clay and sculpture studio, into a printmaking studio.
It took me a year to completely gut the 400 square foot space. In 2015, I sponged years of clay and saw dust off of the white walls and painted them barn red and two different teal greens. The colors alone transformed the studio but so has the addition of glass top tables for rolling inks and a very large open spoke Conrad Monotype Press.
The spontaneity of the monotype process entails rolling oil-based inks with brayers onto printing plates. I use stencils for compositions, often layering colors over one another.The process is an exploration for me, full of endless possibilities, as I learn to use my eye to see in a whole new way. My inspirations, so far, are my flower garden and the joyous floral bouquets I create from the flowers I grow. The beautiful natural world of Northern California where I live, never ceases to inspire as well. My daily walking companion, my Labradoodle Pumpkin, who leads me to the beach or coastal bluffs is also a subject of inspiration.
You may also visit Miriam at: miriamowenmonoprints.com
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