Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bonnie Murray- Upcoming Contemporary Artist

Miss Beth and Margaret Anne 3 (Monotype of Boats) $ 55.00 USD

Icy Surprise (Hand-Pulled Monotype) $ 50.00 USD

Gatun 1 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Stucco Building on Panama Canal) $ 60.00 USD

Working Boat 1 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Boat in Florida) $ 60.00 USD

Lucky Me 1 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Fishing Boat in Mt. Holly, VA) $ 60.00 USD

Glider on the Rappahannock 1 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Dramatic Sunset on River) $ 60.00 USD

Skimmer on the Pier 7 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Labrador Running on Dock) $ 60.00 USD

Moonrise at Cat Point Creek 1 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Seascape) $ 60.00 USD

Nomini Grove Grainery 8 (Monotype of Grain Elevator) $ 60.00 USD

Abandoned Grainery 1 (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Decaying Totusky Grain Elevator in VA) $ 60.00 USD

Hyacinth Bean (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Pink Flower with Expressive Foliage) $ 40.00 USD

Sunrise at Naylors (Hand-Pulled Monotype of Northern Neck VA Seascape) $ 60.00 USD

Snow Covered Pier on the Nomini 2 (Original Oil of Northern Neck Virginia) - $ 75.00 USD

Summer Morning at the Crab Place (Oil of VA Seascape) $ 125.00 USD

Snow Covered Trees at Nomini Hall Farm 1 (Original Oil) - $ 125.00 USD

An Open Door (Original Oil Close-up of Grainery inVA) $ 75.00 USD

Nomini Grove Grainery 8 (Monotype of Grain Elevator) $ 60.00 USD

Personal Profile


Over thirty years ago I started my exploration of techniques and use of color both in printmaking and in painting. While first at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then at Washington University in St. Louis I learned printmaking techniques including lithography, block printing and etching and was later introduced to collagraphy. Coupled with an intensive curiosity about the printmaking techniques came a great interest in exploring spatial relationships and volume with my oil painting work.

Using the technique of monotype is truly rewarding since it combines my love of painting and printmaking. I start out with a drawing and place it under a piece of plexiglass. Then I paint the plexiglass using the drawing as my guide. Finally, a piece of dampened paper is placed over the painted surface and is run through the press. Because this process is so spontaneous I never really know what to expect. Often I am pleasantly surprised. Other times I may have to tweak the piece a bit with some watercolor washes.

My approach to collagraphs is entirely different. I don’t know anyone creating collagraphs in the same way. I have been modifying my process for thirty years and continue finding new ways to do things. The process is quite involved. Here is the basic gist. Once I come up with a design I transfer that drawing to my first plate, usually illustration board. Then a collage is created within the design gluing various textures to the plate. The plate is then inked with black ink, wiped, and a dampened piece of paper is placed on the plate and it is run through the press. The next step is to create a second plate onto which I glue canvas and transfer the same design. I mix my colors and cover the entire plate by rubbing the ink into the canvas with tarlatan (tarlatan is a strong, absorbent cloth). I place the black and white on the press and carefully place (register) the color plate on top and then run that through the press. Most recently I have been printing the color twice on each print to achieve the richness in color I seek. This is more work, but is usually worth the extra time. With the print work complete, I often do a bit of hand coloring since registration is not always perfect.

Over the past 15 years I have exhibited my work in numerous major cities and am included in many corporate collections. A sampling of the corporations that have purchased my work include: Allied Signal Corp., Cigna, Citicorp, Marriott Corp. and PepsiCo, Inc.

I am a proud member of the PRINTSY TEAM (etsy printmaking group). You can read my recent interview here

To read more about my background and my techniques please take a look at my latest interview -

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Bonnie Murray is another upcoming contemporary artist trying to make a name for herself in the rarefied artistic world of art noveau and other contemporary art forms. She has an exciting style depicting landscapes and seascapes. Her art works are a must buy for all serious art buyers.

Tags: Bonnie Murray, Upcoming Contemporary Artist, Art, Painting, Art Noveau, Masterpieces, Works of Art

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Art/Painting/Upcoming Contemporary Artist


Amariah said...

Beautiful work! I really love the Summer Morning at the Crab Place!!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Amariah,
Thanks for appreciating the art works of Bonnie Murray. Her style is indeed novel and avant-garde. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Joanne Olivieri said...

Beautiful nature artwork. I love the sunrise at Naylor's and hyacinth. They are so smooth and inviting with beautifully painted real shades of color. Very nice.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Poetic Shutterbug,
Thanks for appreciating the paintings of Bonnie Murray. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

imelda said...

these are all beautiful works of art, i appreciate paintings in fact i want to have an expensive one in the house however i can afford at this time

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Imelda,
These are not that expensive if we compare them with works of masters. They are still affordable because they are all upcoming contemporary artists still trying to make a name for themselves. Shipping costs might prove to be the bigger problem since they might end up more expensive than the paintings themselves. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Rossel said...

i have a passion for visual arts especially paintings like these. mahilig din po akong mag-sketch ng views and landscapes.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rossel,
I started out featuring masterpieces of the masters in my initial posts until I decided to help incoming contemporary artists by featuring their fantastic works of arts at this blog. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Cacai M. said...

It's very nice arts Kuya Mel! Though am not good in drawing but am still hoping, I can find time one day to learn about it. Wish-a-wish! I just cannot even draw even a simple house. Ooh well, not all are gifted with talent. ;-) Thanks for sharing Kuya Mel! God bless (as always)!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Cacai,
We all have different individual talents. No single person has a monopoly of all the talents in the world. I am sure you are very good at something. Whatever it is, cultivate it for the glory of God. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

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