Sea Arch is one of a seascape series I've been working on which take their inspiration from Northern coast and islands. People do try to guess where this is but it's an imagined coast based on the idea of how a sea arch develops. My son was learning about this in Geography the other day and it reminded me of how I'd enjoyed learning about it when I was at school. The processes of nature are fascinating. The sea and sky use broad gestural mark-making to give a sense of energy and movement. The sea arch and cliffs are defined very simply by a torn paper stencil that gives the crisp edge I need.
A monotype is a unique printed picture. I use rollers and dabbers to spread out the ink on a smooth plastic surface (like perspex or plexi-glass) then make marks with a cloth and other tools. I incorporate textured materials by impressing inked up wallpaper and fabric. The colours are printed in layers wiping away and using paper stencils each time it goes through the printing press to transfer the ink from the plastic to the paper. It's printed to the edges of the paper so the deckle (wavy) edge is part of the print. It is flat mounted onto acid free board with archival tape, wrapped in cellophane and carefully flat-packed in a specially made box.
Oil-based ink on Rives BFK cotton rag paper. Mounted on acid-free mount board.