Monday, 22 June 2020

Art Ideas! - monochrome - art in black & white

(/ green & white / blue & white / pink & white ... )

In my two most recent films for Room For Art I show various techniques for sketching and painting with ink - using a dipping nib pen, using a paintbrush...

Leo du Feu, film - adding ink to watercolour.jpg

1 - adding ink to a colour painting 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb5gsJYw5PE





Leo du Feu, film - painting with ink, June 2020.jpg

2 - sketching & painting with ink for atmosphere & drama 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Y2eNDTrJQ







Monochrome
There's something about black ink on white paper, the extreme light-dark has such impact. 
If you fancy going for this but have no drawing ink - don't worry!


Try:
- paint (watercolour, acrylic, household...
- oil pastel
- chalk pastel
- charcoal
- biro
- drawing ink
- coloured pencil
- graphite pencil
- collage - black paper cut & torn & stuck onto white
- photography - turn on black & white setting on your camera or convert photos you've already taken.
- any form of printmaking - linocut, polystyrene print, potato print, etching...
- whatever else you may have!


Examples:
Here are examples - a few my own and lots from the Art In Healthcare Collection. 

I look forward to seeing some of yours :)


Kate Downie
Abbeyhill Joker
printmaking
(watch a short film about Kate's work at link above)



Vincent Butler
Basket of Fruit
pencil



Ade Adesina
Decline
printmaking
(watch a short film about Ade's work at link above)



Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
8 Lines II 
etching
(watch a short film about Wilhelmina's work at link above)



Thomas Grace
149 Steps
printmaking



Kirstie Behrens
Windswept Trees
etching



Luke Vinnicombe
Ceremony II
ink



Leo, pencil



Leo, pen



Leo, ink & brush & dip pen



What do you think? Love the impact? Too cold? Too harsh? Too gloomy?



Monochrome needn't only be black & white!
Monochrome means 'one colour' - https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/m/monochrome 

Try making an artwork of only sepia brown & white, red & white, green & white... 


Examples:
Here are more examples. Again from the Art In Healthcare Collection and my own.
nb. some are black & white and one colour


Ian Hamilton Finlay
CITRON BLUE [AFTER A DETAIL IN A PAINTING BY WILLIAM GILLIES]
printmaking



Ian Hamilton Finlay
SEA MS
printmaking



Cat Outram
Seedheads
etching



Ross Georgeson
Playfair Parade
printmaking



Brenda Herdman
Border Collie
photo



 Leo, sea and rails, watercolour



Leo, felt tip pen



Leo, lifeboat abstract, watercolour



Leo, library abstract, felt tip



Leo, watercolour



Leo, watercolour



Leo, acrylic


I seem to like blue and grey don't I.


Which colours do you find yourself monochroming with?



Art In Healthcare Collection - lots of monochrome works:

Explore the many monochrome works in the Art In Healthcare Collection - https://www.artinhealthcare.org.uk/collection-results.php?s=1&searchtext=&colour=monochrome


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