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Power Outage Redux

Posted in abstract, Art, art on paper, Drawing, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, mixed media, nude, Painting, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by Tom Bennett

It’s been so long since I’ve posted here I can’t even be sure I can identify myself. It’s like returning to my bedroom after sleeping in the woods for a few months.;  it’s dark in here.  A Power Outage happened in my brain, a cognitive outage. This is a return to a medium I’ve been fooling around with the last few years;  a mix of alcohol-based ink,  graphite, india ink and gouache.

Tom Bennett

Power Outage Redux, 2013, ink, graphite & gouache, 8 x 11.5

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Hidden Defect and Lauren’s Underbelly

Posted in abstract, Art, art on paper, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, mixed media, monotype, nude, oil painting, Painting, printmaking, technique, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by Tom Bennett

Two more explorations in the current series. The one called Lauren’s Underbelly got its title from the happy little fact that the underpainting/monotype was a portrait of a pregnant woman. She apparently gave birth to this painting. It’s a girl!

Hidden Defect
Hidden Defect, oil into monotype on paper, 22′ x 16″

Lauren's Underbelly
Lauren’s Underbelly, oil into monotype on paper, 18″ x 12″

Cave from the Archives

Posted in Art, art on paper, expressionist, monotype, printmaking, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by Tom Bennett

The last week and a half has been a blur of illness and commercial work. I have nothing new finished to post. So here’s an older monotype from the archives.

Deep South

Deep South, 2009, monotype, 18″ x 12″
Private collection

Dark Trade: New Coat of Paint for Old Print

Posted in Art, art on paper, figurative, gesture, male nude, mixed media, monotype, nude, oil painting, Painting, printmaking, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2011 by Tom Bennett

I’m continuing to take old and not particularly successful monotypes and reworking them with oil paint. It’s not quite working here perhaps because I haven’t resolved the relationship of the figure and its treatment with the breaking up of the picture plane. The shapes are not jiving, but I do like the figure.

Extended Right 1992-2011

Extended right, oil paint on monotype on paper, 1992-2011

Salad days

Posted in Art, art on paper, Drawing, figurative, mixed media, portrait, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by Tom Bennett

Greens were eaten that hot day at the neighborhood bar in Carroll Gardens. She was amused that he had ordered a Greek Salad as the Japanese team brought honor to their distraught nation.

Salad Days

mixed media: graphite, pencil, goauche, benzyl alcohol ink, india ink

Monotypes from Life, Indirectly

Posted in Art, art on paper, Drawing, figurative, gesture drawing, monotype, nude, printmaking, technique, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by Tom Bennett

To be clear, if one is making a monotype from life, working from a an inanimate subject like a still life doesn’t pose many problems. working from a live landscape is more challenging in that one requires a press(if one is using a press) to be nearby, and working from the live model is only problematic if the model becomes uncomfortable since the process can be a stop and start, dragged out thing. The monotypes below were made from life “once removed”, in that I drew the model in a sketchbook first and then created the monos from the drawings.

Tom Bennett

Rex and Rabbit 1

Rex and Rabbit 1, monotype, 16″ x20″

Rex and Rabbit 2

Rex and Rabbit 2, monotype, 16″ x 20″

Monotypes: Dream Series Redux

Posted in Art, art on paper, monotype, printmaking, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2011 by Tom Bennett

This week I have some more interpretive monotypes based on dreams of blogger Toni Tiller. I have included two variations of a dream that involves reform and retribution. In Toni’s words: “I got away with murder once, so I thought I could do it again, turns out it was only beginners luck. I paid my debt to society and was released into the sea, instantly transformed into a whale, enormous and weightless. It was only in moments of exhilaration when I leapt above the surface was I reminded of the heaviness of truth, and came crashing back down.” The other print is based on her succinct narrative: “spitting up diamonds.”

whale dream 1

Whale Dream 1, monotype, 16″ x 20″

whale dream 2

Whale dream 2, monotype, 16″ x 20″

spitting diamonds

Spitting Diamonds, monotype, 16″ x 20″