Isabel's paintings display colorful fantasy visions of European and American life. Her paintings operate on a cross between the surreal and the real, creating scenes superimposed with balloons, kites or hidden words to realize the whimsical look of each picture.
She focuses on three main themes - click on each image below to see further samples of each category of her work.
In addition to her original artwork, usually done in acrylic or oils, Isabel uses Lithography or Serigraphy (Silk-screening) extensively.
This is the generic term that refers to all the various print-making techniques such as lithography, serigraphy, etc. Only a limited number of prints are made, after which the plates are destroyed. Although they are identical, each one is considered an original work of art, as each print is made from a single original plate or block.
Prints are not posters, which are photographs or reproductions, prints are original works of art. To be of investment value, they must be hand-signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. (A pencil signature is much harder to forge than one in ink.)
A fine art original lithograph is based on the principal that grease and water do not mix. It is created on a flat stone, usually limestone, or on a metal plate. The artist draws on the stone or plate with a greasy pencil or crayon, or using a pen or brush. The stone is then wetted with water, and inked with an oily printing ink. The water is repelled from the greasy surface, but the rest of the stone remains wet. The oily ink, however, is attracted to the greasy drawing but is repelled by the water on the rest of the stone. Thus only the areas of the stone on which the artist has drawn become inked.
Having completed his or her work, which may include several stones to be used in succession, one for each color in the piece, the artist turns the stones over to his or her printer. The printer places paper over the inked drawing on the plate and then runs it through a lithographic press. This process is repeated for each separate color.
Lithography began in the late 1700's and has been an art form popular with such great artists as Daumier, Delacrois, Goya, Toulouse-Lautrec and in our century, Picasso, Dali, Chagall and Miro.
Note: An original fine art lithograph as described above should not be confused with an offset lithograph, which is a reproduction of a copy of another piece.
Serigraphy is a stenciling process originally using a screen mode of silk, hence the name silk-screen. Nylon or wire mesh screens are now also used. The artist blocks out all areas of the screen except those he wants to be printed. Then colored paint is forced through the open areas of the screen onto a sheet of paper or canvas placed below the screen. Each separate color requires a separate screen.
In the 1960's Serigraphy became very popular in the United States. Andy Warhol, for example, worked exclusively in Serigraphy.
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