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and another tiny canvas
Winter Morning, acrylic on deep gallery wrap canvas, 4 inches square, Vivien Blackburn
Another of the series of mini canvasses destined for my Etsy shop. A windy morning with the surf crashing on the sand and pools reflecting the sky.
The sides are painted to match the painting so that framing isn't necessary.
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.
Ogwen Valley and the little river Ogwen winding through, watercolour/mixed media
The Ogwen valley, watercolour and mixed media sketch
I'm just back from a week painting in Wales with friends. Wales + mountains means we knew there would be rain - but it made for some lovely atmospheric scenes to sketch.
Friend Ros, that I travelled with, and I stopped on the way in a beautiful valley I last saw about 20 years ago when my daughter was at Bangor university, I was determined to get there to paint again. Nigel another member of the group met up with us there and we all got thoroughly wet and bedraggled sketching.
The end of the valley was lost in rain/mist and the little river Ogwen tumbles through the valley from Llyn Ogwen (Lake Ogwen) above. The narrow, single track road goes up and down like a switchback along the side of the mountain. The waterfalls were beautiful with all the rain we've had. Welsh black mountain cattle ambled by, with hooves like dinner plates, massive…
monotype: copyright Vivien Blackburn This is a monotype I did some time ago - made by doing a random roll up of the printing plate with the honey/burnt sienna coloured printing ink. I then made cut out stencils from newspaper and overprinted with the black ink. With monotypes there can only be one, it isn't possible to recreate the print again. For this type of printing you don't need a printing press, you can just place the paper over the printing plate and rub the back with a baren or your palm to pick up the ink from the plate. He looks a bit cross at being disturbed. I've been looking at cats in art from the earliest times and found some beautiful examples :) In ancient Egypt they were of course revered but in medieval times their fortunes changed and they were seen as associated with magic, witches, licentiousness and wrongdoing. Hundreds of thousans were exterminated - leading to a rise in the rodent population and probably aiding the rise and spread of the plague - the…