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Gypsy, Portrait of Harry, Fall Corn, Rooster AND 2 Hens,

Plant Still Life, American Sahara, It's a Yoke


The River Split


Monotypes offer a wide range of spontaneous possibilities without the use of a printing press. Monotypes can be made by the same process as monoprints but can be hand, a roller or some other pressure rather than having to be run through a printing press. Wyrick often used glass as a plate to draw or paint on and would press on the paper by hand to transfer the image.


In her series of River Dancers, she used the same basic printers’ ink image, but discovered many ways to alter the original plate and was able to make a series, utilizing the “shadows” left on the plate, adding further drawing and more medium for each print when necessary. The River Path series evolved from using her fingerprints to “draw” on the plate.

River Dance Series Monotypes

River Paths Series Monotypes


In the early 1990’s I decided that I should try to “loosen up” my drawings and I set the goal of doing a large charcoal drawing every day, with no preconceived plan or intention. I also started each day standing in front of my paper taped to an upright drawing board and I used large arm movements before each drawing
started to take shape. It was an enjoyable and freeing experience and I named it Drawing Aerobics.

I had a good stock of BFK Rives paper and the blackest charcoal and there was nothing holding me back. It was an incredibly productive time. The only drawback was that framing some of my prolific production proved to be time-consuming and costly. Yet I highly recommend “Drawing Aerobics” to others.



Drawing "Aerobics"