Having come from a printmaking background and spending 10 year of my life doing etchings and lithographs, I never used to like, almost hated monotypes. In fact, I always discriminated against monotype as a technique of amateurs and painters.
I was in the United States having a show in Palo Alto. I was walking to my gallery in the morning before the show and my dealer asked me, "did you have dinner at a Chinese Restaurant last night with 2 friends from Stanford? This question scared the shit out of me. There was no malice involved as much as I remembered.
My dealer replied, "don't worry." "Sitting near you was Paula Kirkeby who has a big press designed for making monotypes. She heard part of your conversation with your friends and understands that you are an artists, a printmaker, and Russian. She is waiting to talk to you; her gallery is a 5 minute walk from here."
I was in shock again, because just the previous day, I had been talking to my friends and was "tired from painting and missing printing." I had asked, "do you know anybody to send a press to and do some printing projects with?"