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Title: Fire Flowers (Around 2010, I got my materials from a local photo lab that let me get scraps of unused photo paper for free. I sold hundreds of artworks made on these papers in different sizes and shapes. I liked the idea of using the long format to mimic a real film's negative in a larger scale. I worked as a professional photographer for 20 years and develop black and film every day. This particular piece was made on darkroom color paper instead.
Size: 20x6 inches
Medium: ink on paper
Date: 2014. Dated and signed in front and in the reverse
I created a unique process where I paint by hand directly into different types of blank photo papers, using water, color inks, and some other unconventional household chemicals. Mixing them creates physical reactions that are instantly registered in the paper. The result is a painting with so much sharpness, tonal gradation, depth of field, and flowing movement that resembles the work of Nature.
I don't use a camera, a digital printer, or any other form of reproduction. Each painting is one of a kind.
Intrigued? I invite you to watch my video clips on youtube for a visual understanding of the medium that I am working with. Search my name Jose Tonito. My use of unusual materials and chemicals makes this process very complicated to explain and I find it easier to relay to the viewer watching some of my videos.