We’ve just spent a few weeks in Florence again, making monotypes in a printmaking workshop with Ron Pokrasso and a group of printmakers from the USA and other countries. I’ve returned with fifteen prints, some almost finished but many with more to do.
At first I had an idea about including a short verse with an image and I tried it using the subject of a fountain in what had originally been the Medici Sculpture Garden.
I continued with a few more – here is one that links some of the art in Florence with acknowledging the benefits brought by the Medicis as patrons.
The paving stones and cobbles are uneven and often carry interesting patterns and marks, but when it rains there are many deep puddles. As I was looking down trying not to tread in puddles, I noticed the reflections and stopped to draw with an idea about looking at Florence in puddles. I like the possibilities in this and perhaps making a link with the very destructive floods in the 1960s, so these prints are just a starting point.
I’m hoping to work on all of these prints now, so that I can show them in our Open Studios weekends starting on June 18th. More news soon!