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I felt like having a go at another lino print yesterday and got the fish above cut. It's just a fun graphic one, stylised, no observation at all I'm afraid, unlike Jeanette, who is doing a series of gyotaku fishes. Though I did remember from wildlife programmes that fishes are often reddish underneath and silvery on top to camouflage themselves from predators.
Rather than leave the lino the oblong shape, I decided to cut around the fish. Lino scanned and the image cleaned up
This one is simply playing with transparent layers of colour
This one involved applying a gradient colour in a lower layer, erasing the white background and painting colours on a layer below the fish, allowing the colours to shine through.
I find that simple traditionally printed lino cuts don't suit my work so I'll use oil paint when I have time to experiment with printing this one. Then I'll be able to use a mix of colours.
Porthgwarra from the cliffs, Tide in, Watched by a Seal, oil paint, about 11 inches square, not quite finished, Vivien Blackburn
A hazy, windy day, forecast rain stayed away, the tide in so no beach to be seen but a seal swimming out in the surf kept popping up to look at us.
I sat in a sheltered spot amongst the wildflowers on the cliff - just the sounds of the sea and the occasional gull - heaven. Even himself was quietly musing, no talking.
It needs just a little work doing before I'll call it finished. I often do just a little more when I get plein air works home - I'm looking at them as a painting then without distraction.
the sea seething on the rocks 3 corndered leeks, sea thrift and many other flowers around me
I made it to Porthgwarra without incident this time - last time I ended up having to reverse for about half a mile because I met a HUGE oncoming tanker touching both hedges and totally filling the road, followed by a massive tractor with some sort of …
This is a page of watercolour studies of pansies, not intended to be 'a painting', I did a while ago that I came across.
It's a grey rainy day and the light isn't good to get on with the canvasses so I decided to try to pull it together as a composition. I used a bit more watercolour and coloured pencils and cropped it and added the soft blue green background to cool it down a little - the colours felt too hot. The deep dark pansies were really velvety and intense and maybe not the colour scheme I would have set out to use with the orange and pale yellows - but the background helps to knit them together. Bringing the soft mauves into the darker flowers also helped.
I also took another look at a mixed media woodland that was unfinished and worked a little more on that.
It has a little oil pastel in the early stages, watercolour and then coloured pencils.