Monotypie

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2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

The idea for the monotypes first came to me during an exhibition visit in Paris. Reading some information about Degas‹ work, it struck me, that some of his pastels were done over monotype. Degas applied an oily ink to a metal plate with a brush or rag and put it through a press. After that he used a mixture of pastel, gouache, and distemper to color his monotypes. I was surprised to learn that some of Degas‹ pastels were even done directly over oil paint. Unfortunately I can’t recall which those pictures are. (Imagine you’re in Paris and have caught a stomach flu!)

So I thought why not try oil paint instead of oily ink.
I just put some oilpaint (Sennelier) on an extra plate, added turpentine, and applied this with a brush an a piece of glass. Instead of a press I simply used an ink roller.
I tried various grounds for the monotype, but the Pastelmat seems to take it on best.
I varied the mixture of turpentine and oil paint and it seems best to work with pastels the more the oil paint is thinned down with turpentine.

The bottom right was done with the most amount of turpentine.
(Winterfarbimpressionen I)
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

I waited for about a week till I applied the pastel, but I’m not sure if there won’t be some alterations. I’ve got the feeling the one monotype with the most »pure« oil paint alters already. (I guess, every experienced oil painter could have told me that.)
A number of Degas‹ monotypes have suffered from cracking and subsequent flaking. Well, they still looked beautiful to me.

Colour impressions

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After all this fog stuff it was time for some color. The sun showed up this week and the evening sky was filled with some glorious red.

Winterfarbimpression, Pastel über Ölmonotypie, je 10×10cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

This time I experimented and tried something for me completely new. The studies were done on oilmonotypes, which were printed on Pastelmat. The drying process took about a week. At some parts the fat oils show through, but I like the look of it very much.

I’ve been given the Sunshine blog award by Jala Pfaff. I will tell you more about it in a few days. Thank you Jala!

Winterfarbimpression I, 10×10cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Winterfarbimpression II, 10×10cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen
Winterfarbimpression III, 10×10cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Dawn

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It’s funny how things sometimes evolve. In comparison to my earlier paintings the small colorstudies are less detailed, lines have almost vanished. The values are very limited, now it’s range is much closer and with a more monochromatic color. The fog pastels have brought me back to an old field: my »night« pastels.

Skizzenbuch, Ink & Guache, Pastell, Ink & Buntstift
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

The new sketches derive from a trip we did last weekend and you can see how the idea evolved from the initial sketches I did on site.

Winternachtbilder, Pastellstudie,12×12cm
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

Winternachtbild I, Pastellstudie,12×12cm
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen
Winternachtbild II, Pastellstudie,12×12cm
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen
Winternachtbild III, Pastellstudie,12×12cm
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Artist Air

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As a pastel artist who is working on a sanded surface, the health issue is constantly on my mind. The dustexposure can’t be ignored and I always used small air filters in my old studio. My studio is much bigger now, hence it was time for a new air filter.

I bought a really nice one from Artist Air, which was specially designed for pastel artists.
The easel collection unit stays on the easel tray, so a big amount of pasteldust goes right into it:

Foto
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

With a velcro strap the collection unit is easaly secured and holds it in place, but does not hinder you from sliding the easel tray up and down. After the first day in my studio I could tell the difference.

Foto
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Foto
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Unfortunately the filter is sold only in North America, but I had no problems with ordering, shipping etc. Everything arrived in good order and condition.
Surprisingly the manufactorers had adjusted the filter to the German power network (230V, 50Hz).

Colourimpressions: Winterfog

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We’ve got loads of snow this Winter and loads of fog. Unfortunaltely the sun hardly shows up to dip the scenery in this beautifully blueish purple pigment. So I have to stay with the fog. It’s more interesting in the twilight, rather than during the day, when its only grey, grey… you know it. So, I’m back to my small studies, trying to catch the feeling and color of the place. I do struggle and think to do some Notans to get a better understanding of the compositorial possibilities, because the value range is so limited.

Winternebel I, 12×12cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Winternebel II, 12×12cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen
Winternebel III, 12×21cm,
2010© Astrid Volquardsen

Winternebel IV, 10×17cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

My studio

The studio is diveded by a big shelf, which I use for the storage of my frames, framing material etc. The bubble wrap prevents it from dusting.Now, I want to open up my studio for you, so you can have a look. We moved this summer and my studio is much bigger than my old one. This feels really nice, because it offers various advantages. First off all, I can lay out all my pastels.

2009 © Astrid Volquardsen

The studio is diveded by a big shelf, which I use for the storage of my frames, framing material etc. The bubble wrap prevents it from dusting.
Because my studio is now in the basement, I need really good light sources and use the »True Light« bubbles. They work really, really well.

2009 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

2009 © Astrid Volquardsen

 

I have now a comfy armchair to lean back and look at my paintings. Well, I love that!

On the wall you can see my pastel chart. This way I can always find out the pastel numbers etc., if just one tiny piece is left. I hate it, if I can’t find or buy the colors I used. And I don’t get to nervous, if my work space get messed up.

It’s nice to hang a mirror on the wall behind my easel. I only need to turn around for a checkup now.

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