Bouquets of fading flowers were the inspiration for this series of monotypes. I am deeply attracted to the unpredictable, odd and unique shape of each petal, stem, and leaf of fading flora. Working from direct observation, printing ink was applied to the plate using a flat paint brush as a drawing tool. After the image was drawn on the plate it was edited, using the subtractive method, to refine lines, shapes, and textures while creating a range of values. The interpretations were intentionally loose.
"Flowers all begin life having a similar generic beauty, but it is at the moment when they begin to age and eventually wither and die that we witness their true individual beauty." Dale Grant, photographer and author of Fading Beauty