Desert Morning


The monoprints are continuing, still offering surprises. This one will be going into an exhibition in the next couple of weeks. Like the previous ones, this is the result of much layering, texture and tone being added each time. It is possible to see embossing in some of the lighter areas, created by paper ribbon and strings of raffia. I can see forms in this that can be interpreted in many ways, every viewer will have a different take on it, but I have given it the title of Desert Morning as this is what the colours and the transparency of light suggested to me. In the Australian deserts, such as the Simpson, the range of colours are astonishing, and every sand dune is patterned with marking from animals, insects, reptiles and grasses, and the marks I have unknowingly created resonate with the patterns found out there.

This print is 40 x 30 cm, using Schminke water-based inks on Magnani Corona paper.

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

21 thoughts

  1. I associate this with tracking. It seems that there is story telling in this pure abstract. And if you understand the symbols, you can put that story together. Not only animal tracks but weather patterns and even a mapped landscape. The colours and forms are magical – dreamtime.

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    1. This is a wonderful response to this image – you have found more in it than I could have thought of, but it is exactly the imagery I was hoping to convey. Finding weather patterns and a mapped landscape from the forms that have emerged from my explorations delights me. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Elena – I have just gone back to look at the earlier ones, and its interesting to see how they have changed, this is probably the most cohesive one, but I’m now working into some of the earlier ones, with interesting results.


          1. Yeah, I noticed you were posting a lot less. I’ve missed your posts. But life has a way of taking different turns for a while! 🙂 Don’t worry about not visiting others. I don’t visit other blogs as much as I used to either. 🙂

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  2. Wow. That’s gorgeous Anna. A perfect title for your print too.
    Your outback travels really seem to have informed the ideas and abstract imagery here … other people’s comments are spot on !
    Lovely to hear it will have had some exposure in an exhibition 🙂 Congratulations x

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    1. This is one of my favourites Poppy, I’m so glad you like it too! Yes, I think the desert is inescapable, I have been hankering to get back out there again, so I think it is always just lurking in the background, ready to come out somewhere.

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