A Roseotype® is the result of an unique process I have developed for creating Charcoal drawings on specially prepared Wood, Panel or MDF. It has the curious visual property of endowing the finished Charcoal with unusual relief on a seemingly polished surface, giving the Roseotype® its characteristic metallic look. First I paint the material to create a textured surface on which I then apply layer after layer of a particular type of charcoal rubbing off each layer with either a cloth or my hands between each application of charcoal.
When satisfied with the surface which may take many days and many layers to perfect, I then draw the images you see using a different type of charcoal. As every mark shows, there is no margin for error on such an unforgiving surface so each mark has to be considered in advance and then made with confidence, 'every mark is a decision'.
I then apply a fixative several times and you may notice that the drawn charcoal appears to be suspended or even floating on the surface which is why I have them framed without glass – they are extremely fragile but their fragility needs to be directly observed.
I have never seen this technique and believe it is unique to me hence the name Roseotype® which has been approved by the UK Intellectual Property Office (The Patent Office) for registration as a Trade Mark to identify this distinctive process.
While I have created an extremely difficult and unforgiving process, making something so delicate and fragile on a surface which I coax into looking like a metal gives me great pleasure.Field & Fence, Field & Fence & Reeds and Field & Fence & Hay Bales are available as a collection for £2,400
Please contact for purchase and commissioning information. All Rosemary Goodenough Roseotypes® are sold Framed. Please note that the surface is extremely delicate and easily damaged.