The Ghost And The Fishermen

29 Apr

april 29 ghostI produced two new monotypes during my recent residency in Pakistan. The technique also gives a ghost image as well as a full-colour one. Impressionists such as Degas and Monet used to work over their ghost monotypes with pastels and if it’s good enough for them…… Here’s the ghost of ‘Footfall At Taxila’. I applied a little Daler-Rowney soft pastel (artist’s quality) to bring out the lowlights and to slightly enhance the colour on the socks, trainers and kemeez. I also added a light emphasis to the edge of the rocky outcrop to delineate it from the background landscape. It’s not a complete reworking, just a little tweak.

april 29 fishermen

Just before we left Pakistan, friends took us to Rawal lake and we watched the sun setting, listened to the muezzins calling to prayer and sipped lemongrass tea as these two fishermen quietly went about their business. Idyllic. I’m back home now and missing it.

This residency was supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

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