Sargasso – monotype prints made by gel printing with acrylics on paper. It is an abstract, but I see a sailing ship, perhaps becalmed in fog.

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Sargasso is a small monotype print, about 15 cm x 15 cm.  It came out of the same experiments in producing soft blended colours as the Hubble series. I don’t know why, but it developed its own momentum and ended up as this image with a maritime feel.

Although abstract in intent, I see a sailing ship pushing through fog on the surface of the water. It’s a very approximate sailing ship, and the fog is yellow, but I’m not aiming for photorealism! Out of that idea came the title, which refers to the Sargasso Sea, the setting for many a fantasy story.

Although this is a small image, I made it in exactly the same way as the larger pieces in the shop. I use multiple thin layers of paint so that underlying colours show through. This produces subtle gradations of colour. The multiple layers also create a visible physical texture to the surface.

Each print is in a mount, with a backing card and all in a protective cello bag. The image is 15 cm x 15 cm (6″ x 6″) while the mount will fit a 25 cm x 25 cm (10″ x 10″) frame.

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Dimensions 15 × 15 cm


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