Teach me to Number my Days

What is a monotype?

Each painting is created on a gelatine plate with paints that remain wet for an extended time.  When the artwork is completed, card is laid over the top and a single print is taken.  The image can be made only once, unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple originals.  At times a ‘ghost print’ is taken where the remaining paint is lifted from the plate, creating a lighter image.  This versatile method of creating art has been used through the ages with many variations from old masters such as Degas and Rembrandt to modern-day painters.

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Teach me to number my days
Size A3 portrait (approx. 30 x 40cm (12 x 15.5in))

This cross-section of a tree reminds us of the marking of time.  In the Psalms, Moses wrote a piece of ancient knowledge, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”