Handpicked on Etsy
Monochrome art explores a single color and its tonal variations. Today's selections are a tribute to the gray scale, represented in this array of photographs, ceramics, bodily adornment plus a wrapped stick of graphite that an artist might use to render a subject in black and white. In contrast to our color-infused reality, black and white photography teaches our eye to appreciate the full range of light upon surface, revealing nuanced gray shades stepping from white all the way to black. Before the invention of photography, artists sketching in coal, graphite or ink used their discerning eye to analyze light and shadow, converting colors into values of gray. Though we sometimes consider black and white to be the most objective portrayal of a subject, in fact it is an abstraction, given the technicolor reality of our world. Artistic expression in black and white or sepia tones is meditative, elegant, haunting, dreamlike or surreal, and sometimes is in itself a stylistic statement of rebellion. Click on the pictures to go directly to these Etsy listings. Prices range from $2.00 to $130.00.
Today's Etsy artists include: MirekPhoto, sclark, themaritimepost, Xenotees, waternymph, GomezbyHand, EarthborneArt, TheButterflyFactory, MNNPottery, andescruz