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Lindisfarne sunrise painting with castle and posts reflections Northumberland North East coast
Lindisfarne Reflections original monotype 32 x 74 cm image size | £695 unmounted, £720 mounted, £895 framed with art glass in oak or black

I've been creating monotypes for more than 30 years - since my early days at art school but I still keep making discoveries for new methods and interpretations of my favourite themes of landscape and seascape. Our Northumberland castles are the perfect subject for a Romantic, expressive interpretation with the rapidly changing cloud-scapes that are a feature of the North East weather


Dunstanburgh sunrise painting with castle and posts reflections Northumberland North East coast
Still Waters, Dunstanburgh original monotype 32 x 74 cm image size | £695 unmounted, £720 mounted, £895 framed with art glass in oak or black

What exactly are monotypes? Good question! If you're new to my blog, you may not have seen my videos that show my process. This is the best way to get a handle on how I create monotypes. Scroll down to see a recent one or check out my YouTube channel.


Rebecca Vincent Dunstanburgh sunrise painting with castle and posts reflections Northumberland North East coast
Detail of Dunstanburgh reflections

A monotype is a one-off printed painting created on a smooth surface (I use a white acrylic sheet) then transferred onto paper through a printing press. It's very low tech and wide open to experimentation. If you want to know more, you might enjoy my blog post The Mystery of Monotype.


Rebecca Vincent stormy sky monotype painting row of trees black and gold
Weathering the Storm original monotype 33 x 51cm image size | £395 unmounted, £420 mounted | £520 framed with art glass in oak or black

It's not quite as straightforward as that because I print in layers of colour, incorporating stencils, textured materials and a wide range of different marks. Mark-making is usually negative - taking away ink - but I can also make positive marks.


Rebecca Vincent red sky painting with copse of trees silhouetted on sky line
Under a Red Sky original monotype 33 x 51cm image size | £395 unmounted, £420 mounted | £520 framed with art glass in oak or black

In my little world of printmaking , a revolution has been taking place! All my career, I've worked from light to dark which means the palest colours are printed first and subsequent layers get gradually darker. This has always seemed a logical progression to me. But recently, I've been experimenting with transparent inks and I've made a discovery that it changing the way I think about my process.


Rebecca Vincent red sky painting with copse of trees silhouetted on sky line
Detail of TITLE

It's a bit technical, so bear with me! When the paper is new, it's very absorbant, but as layers of ink are printed, it gets less and less absorbant and it's actually quite difficult to get strong marks to take on the final dark layer. So, I've turned my working method on it's head and I'm printing the darkest layer first then adding veils of transparent colour. What this means for the image is that I can get more expression and delicacy in the marks, expecially for the skies.


Rebecca Vincent Bamburgh Castle pink dawn sky monotype painting Northumberland North East coast
Sunrise Reflections, Bamburgh Castle original monotype 32 x 74 cm image size | £695 unmounted, £720 mounted, £895 framed with art glass in oak or black

It feels a bit like starting over as an artist - it will take a while to feel any mastery of my new process. But I'm excited at the prospect of creating some powerful Romantic skies that have a strong sense of atmosphere and changing weather conditions. "Romantic" refers to an art movement that was interested in the natural world and the expression of personal feelings - think big stormy skies, windswept landscapes and Byronic hero!


Rebecca Vincent Bamburgh Castle pink dawn sky monotype painting Northumberland North East coast
Detail of Bamburgh reflections

On Cloud Nine and Upon Reflection (blog posts) shared my first attempts with this method. The completed panaorma format monotypes shown here are the latest results. Actually, both strategies (dark to light and light to dark) are represented here.




The video above shows me printing the Bamburgh monotype. For this one, I used the light to dark method that I'm more familiar with. I'll make a video of the dark to light method soon!


Rebecca Vincent sunset with starburst seascape roacky coast painting pink sky
Starburst original monotype 32 x 74 cm image size | £695 unmounted, £720 mounted, £895 framed with art glass in oak or black

Rebecca Vincent sunset with starburst seascape roacky coast painting pink sky
Detail of Starburst

There's two colour palettes shown here : the moody, predominantly grey colours with a hint of gold and blue, and the warm sunset/sunrise colours with magenta being the dominant hue. I really must settle down and stick to one instead of bouncing around! In my excitement about the possibilities, I keep starting new projects!


Rebecca Vincent sunset monotype painting light reflections on water dark headlands
Trailblazer original monotype 50 x 74 cm image size | £695 unmounted, £725 mounted, £950 framed with art glass in oak or black

The finished monotypes are now available for sale. Just get in touch to make a purchase by phone (+447717256169) or email info@rebecca-vincent.co.uk as these are not yet listed in my online shop. We can discuss framing options: these northumberland coast paintings are currently unframed and can be shipped to USA, Canada, Australia and Europe as well as the UK.




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