My inspiration for this medium comes from the great monotypes of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglioni (the inventor of the technique), Degas and William Merrit Chase. Like them, I use a basically subtractive method, meaning that the plate is rolled up with printer's ink and the design wiped and scraped out with rags, sticks, fingers, whatever. These were done on linoleum (instead of the usual copper or plexiglass) and printed on my etching press.
[CLICK THUMBNAILS FOR SLIDE SHOW] Therapy II: The Yellow Veil, 9/11/00, monotype, image 8 x 10½,
sheet 10 x 14 inches


Sleep Reading, 8/22/12, monotype, image
8 x 10½ inches


Roadkill, 2011, monotype with pastel, image 11 x 15 inches


The Shadow, 2011, monotype, image,
11 x 15 inches
 
Black Stockings XXI, 2011, monotype on buff paper, image 7 x 5 inches

 


Double Indemnity, 2000, monotype, image
10½ x 8 inches

 


For Vina, 2000, monotype, image
10½ x 8 inches

 


Orion, 2000, monotype,
image 10½ x 8 inches

 


Double Indemnity, 2000, monotype with pastel, image 10½ x 8 inches

 


Don Giovanni Impenitente, 9/7/00, monotype, image
10½ x 8 inches


Simone Goes Out the Window, 9/16/00,
monotype with colored pencil,
image 8 x 10½ inches
 

 


Don Giovanni Impenitente, 9/8/00, monotype ghost with
colored pencil,
image 10½ x 8 in.

 




West Pathway Road, Late Afternoon, 8/20/00, monotype, image
5 x 7 inches

 


Portrait of the Artist Making This Monotype, 9/1/00, monotype,
image 7 x 5 inches



Therapy II: The Yellow Veil, 9/11/00, monotype with pastel, image
8 x 10½ inches



Dawson Road, Sunset, 8/22/00, monotype, image 5 x 7 inches

 

 


Working on a self-portrait, 2016

 

  The two monotypes to the right represent a kind of transitional stage between my linocut technique (q.v.) and the other monotypes on this page. They are done like the linocuts (white ink over dark) except that the design is not cut but only drawn and wiped out of the white ink, letting the black areas show through when it's printed. The highlights are heightened with oil paint.
Black Stockings XII: The Blue Angel, 7/31/00, monotype,
image 7 x 5 inches
  
Black Stockings XIII, 8/31/00, monotype,
image 7 x 5 inches

 




Drawing Tonya (2), 5/31/01, monotype, image 10½ x 8 inches

 


Jasmine, 2011, monotype,
image 1¼ x 3¼ inches




Tonya Dressing, 5/27/02, monotype,
image 8 x 10½ inches




"Wait ...", 10/18/02, monotype, image
8 x 10½ inches 

 


"He had to leave in a hurry," 5/13/02, monotype with pastel, image
8 x 10½ inches


 
Vivian Dancing II, 8/17/03, monotype, 8 x 10 inches

 

  
Xenia, 8/19/00, monotype, image 5 x 7 inches


 
Taping Jasmine (2), 2002, monotype, image
8 x 10½ inches 





Taping Jasmine (1), 2002, monotype, image
8 x 10
½ inches 

 

SOME MONOTYPES FROM THE 20TH CENTURY


Dead Angels II, 1984, monotype, 22 x 30 inches

Blacklight, 1984, monotype,
5½ x 7½ inche
s

The Voyeur, 1984, monotype,
|7 x 10 inches

 


Janet Watching TV, 1986, monotype, 11 x 15 inches

 


Red Light, 1984, monotype, 5½ x 7½ inches

 


Ulysses at Circe's, 1984, monotype, 1
½ x 2½ inches

 


The Watchers II, 1984, monotype, 22 x 30 inches


Available monotypes for sale at WARREN CRISWELL'S MONOTYPES at Saatchi Art

 

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