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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.
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.
We've just hung a group show at the The Eye Project, Urban/Rural show. If you want to come and see it it's on for a month - well worth seeing, 11 lovely artists and some fabulous work.
Those large canvasses are 40 inches square.
There are rural landscapes, flowerscapes, intriguing textile work including a large knitted building, abstracts .... something for everyone.
It's in the gallery below the cafe in the Adult Education Centre at the top of Wellington street, Leicester, opposite Fenwicks. Meet the Arttists day is Saturday 1st April 10-2. Come and have a chat with us?