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I first discovered monotype printmaking back in the year 2000, while I was recovering from a health crisis. I figured that since I was already depressed about nearly everything in my life, doing one new thing couldn’t possibly make it much worse. I had found a weekend intensive workshop at Mass Art in Boston and got in. I fell in love with the spontaneous process of working with monotypes and monoprints. After that weekend, I had found a new adventure.

To me, the best part of creating with anything new is the unknown journey and it’s mysterious destination.

Monotype printmaking is a medium seemed to demand an impulsive action, and this matched my own hunger for losing control after so many years of illustration work, which plans out every aspect of the finished artwork. It also matched my personality which tends to be at it’s best when I am spontaneous, impulsive and obsessive with exploring new directions. I loved the use of colors, shapes and quickly cutting stencil shapes out when they push into my work. I often felt that they cut themselves out of the plastic sheets I used.

Our instructor was the great, she kept on saying to us “Don’t think! Just do it! Make ten prints in the next hour!” We would all groan and look at her like she was crazy. But, somehow, with someone saying that to us over and over again, we all did it. And we made good prints. When they were all up on the wall we were all happy about our work. What a great teaching it was, this was an experience of trusting the flow of creative energy using our experience as artists to push on through our fears and just create without fear.

My background as both a painter and a printmaker during my university studies provided the experience needed to just jump in and start creating. Certainly I don’t look back much, except to see how much my work has changed over the years and how many more ideas I still feel waiting inside of me. Until they are ready to come out, I trust the creative process to show me the way.

Back in that first workshop in Boston, I had no idea of where I was going with this new medium or how long I wanted to work with it. To me, the best part of creating with anything new is the unknown journey and it’s mysterious destination. And it never ends.

I use color to express moods and I am influenced by what I have seen on my morning walks or dreamt of the night before. My shapes are like thoughts and the colors are like emotions which overlap in a dance of layers during my creative play on the paper.

My primary medium is still monotype printmaking. But I also paint, collage and draw.

Recent Posts

My work now available through Saatchi Art

 

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solar plate test

It’s been very busy year for my work. I have worked with new techniques, entered new groups and relationships and made my work available through Saatchi Art.com, in addition to my own web store. My work was in a number of shows and I look forward to the next one, which will be called “Heart Seed” in RI, starting in December.

 

 

I am sharing photos of some experimental printing techniques that I have messing around with in my studio. Since I am not yet satisfied with any of them yet, they aren’t in my galleries. It is fun to try a lot of new stuff, because if I don’t, then I get bored with my own work. Which then leads me to stop working at all. I see it as daily exercise, like a dancer or musician has to practice each day to remain in shape.

 

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“Riot”, solar plate test, Kathleen Thoma Art

I have printed some offset postcards of some of my work, which will be available through my store soon.

photo of Flora Post Cards

Flora Post Cards

In October I attended a “Surrealist Tea” which was at The Chado Tea Room in Pasadena, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the SCWCA. This was great fun and informative as our guest speaker was professor Gloria Orenstein.

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Gloria Orenstein

It was wonderful to learn about the ignored and forgotten great women surrealist artists, (such as Leonora Carrington) of which there are many. I was taught only about male surrealists in art school, but that is a topic I won’t rant about here. The tea was great fun and I wish it would happen every year.

In my explorations of Leonora Carrington, I discovered her wonderful book, “The Hearing Trumpet”. It is funny, very surrealistic, and it should be better known. It is available through Amazon.

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SCWCA Surrealistic Tea at the Chado Tea Room

 

Studio News-new work-LA Printers Fair

I’ve been very busy in my studio these past months, creating a series of new works for my portfolio-nature on my website. I have also been busy exhibiting in a few shows, and preparing for the 2016 LA Printers Fair, which is a blast. Last year I had so much fun seeing everyone else’s work […]

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Exploring “Monotprint-Monotype”

What follows here is an interview with artist Donald Kolberg. I first discovered the on-line publication “Monoprint-Monotype” after the publisher, Donald Kolberg contacted me a few months ago to ask about having me as a featured artist.  I hope you will take a look at the latest issue (and my pages)  at  https://issuu.com/dskolberg/docs/monofall2016 After speaking […]

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The Many Levels of Creative Exploration & Expressive Arts

If anyone had asked me back in art school if creating art was a healing thing to do, I would have said “well, yeah, duh”, because making art was only thing keeping me sane for most of my life. Since childhood, art was my escape from family issues, and since I hated school, it was […]

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Showing at the LA Printers Fair 2015

On October 3, I enjoyed participating in the “Los Angeles Printers Fair 2015”, at the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA. I was at table 1A, inside the building, for those of you who may have stopped by. The show was a wonderful event, many great vendors, and demostrations. I had a blast and wish […]

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What is a Monotype?

What is a Monotype? People often ask me this question, so it seemed to me be a good idea write about it. A monotype is a specific art technique. It doesn’t resemble other traditional printmaking methods such as engraved, relief carved, etching or lithographed prints which can produce exact, repeated copies. “Mono” means one, “Type” […]

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Ode to Winter,inspiration

Or how I discovered the Snow Queen. Ode to Winter: I have recently created two fine art monotypes, “Ice Wave”, and “Winters Grace”. They are both a homage to my struggles in learning how to live in a much colder climate than I ever wanted to live in. They are both visual abstract images of […]

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Transferring Ink 3 accepts my work

I’m happy to report the acceptance of one of my fine art prints into an exhibit, “Transferring Ink 3”  a printmaking show at the Fallbrook Arts Center in Fallbrook, CA. The show runs from June 29 – August 10, 2014. The Juror for “Transferring Ink 3” is Ron Pokrasso, who has a section of the […]

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Studio News-relocation to CA

After more than a year of trials and tribulations, I have relocated my studio, Kathleen Thoma Art, to Orange County, CA. I am very excited about the Irvine Fine Arts Center. They have a printmaking open studio available for artists to use. Last Wednesday, I decided to try it out and I was able to […]

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Orange Therapy

Orange!  Peach! I love shades of orange! Why do I love orange today? All I know is that right now, while working on this particular image; orange rules! Why? Orange makes me feel warm, happy, exuberant, communicative, sharing, open and relaxed. But why?  The psychology of color is what I’m writing about here. When I […]

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