Friday, February 27, 2009
Time is a bit short at the moment so I haven't had chance to get on with paintings - these are a couple of digital variations on the lino prints, playing with colours and time of day.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Lino monoprints, variations on a theme, Vivien Blackburn
These aren't simply linoprints now as they are all unique - I've used monoprinting techniques with them, 'inking' them up with oil paint and working into them with coloured pencils and oil pastel. So I'm calling them lino monoprints as the best description I can come up with. I've included one straight, rolled lino print to show how it prints with lino ink applied with a roller in the traditional way.
- Monoprints are unique prints that contain a repeatable element - like the linocut in these - but with utterly different results due to colour and inking up differences and work done after printing.
- Monotypes are absolute one-offs with no repeatable element.
Working with my lino prints this way suits my way of thinking better than the clean cut lino print that's included in the line up above.
If anyone is interested in owning one, I'm going to put them in my Etsy shop
I haven't sussed out the necessary alterations to my paypal account and buy button stuff yet to do anything here! I fell at the first hurdle when trying to change my paypal account to enable a buy button - sigh - I wish I was better at this stuff! I'll work on it though.
Friday, February 20, 2009
First an apology - Ainesse left a really interesting and informative comment about linoprinting - and I somehow lost it :>( Ainesse could you possibly leave one again? and I'd love to read about the caustic soda process - and yes I have tried intaglio lino but wasn't very good at it! I don't have access to a printing press at the moment.
Then - these are 2 of the 10 experiments worked into with coloured pencils and touches of oil pastel.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Neither of these are finished. They need a little more work to pull them around but I can see where I can take them.
On the one below, on black paper, I roughly painted a background and then printed wet in wet oil paint. Again, it needs more work.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I'm playing with digital versions as well -you are going to be sick of this willow!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I was simply experimenting with what I could achieve and had only a limited range of colours to play with so worked with a mix of brown, ochre and ultramarine - no white available to lighten colours.
The first print I hadn't used enough ink - these are hand printed with water soluble inks - I prefer oil based inks and using an etching press but beggars can't be choosers! With the water based inks I find it's necessary to use much more ink when rolling up - I don't know if other people find this?
The second print worked better and I'd added ultramarine to the mix to darken it.
As I was clearing up I rolled marks onto a piece of paper to clean it - and then decided to do one last print with the residue left on the lino over these- I think I'll experiment further with this too as I like the loose painterliness it adds.
The chine colle ones weren't a great success and are probably heading for the bin - but that's another avenue to explore, along with a graduated rollup, where the bottom is darker than the top.
I popped them in a folder to bring them home and interleaved the prints with paper - these made rather interesting secondary prints when I unpeeled them on arrival - a sort of skeletal version - I'll do something with these as well. Don't you just love happy accidents?
I've been experimenting in photoshop with them since I got home - but that's for another post :>)
I still find lino very graphic for me but I'm learning ways to work around that so it's growing on me as a form of printmaking.
Please keep your comments and advice coming on the 'buy' button post below - I'm finding it very helpful :>)
This is your chance to advise :>)
Tina suggested putting a 'buy' button on the blog and I quite like the idea, though I don't want to turn this into the primary function of the blog (Tina never pushes the sales angle though the option is always there)
What do you think?
does it put you off?
and how???? not sure how to do it!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Another look at those pollarded willows. Behind me is the canal, just a few feet across the towpath and in front is Ulverscroft Brook. The dried grass of the winter field was pale in the bright light and the sky a pale cold blue. Late afternoon sun warms the sunlit side of the willows with an amber light.
The patch of darker blue sky on the top left is a shadow not part of the painting.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I've been really busy this week and have finished a large pastel of this willow but haven't had daylight time to photograph it yet.
I thought the image would maybe work in lino with the strong contrasts between light and dark. I'll experiment with rolling it traditionally, painting oil paint on and also with working into prints. I'm not sure how it will work out yet but I think it has potential.
c&c welcome :>
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I need 3 pastels for a show next month and set out to do a large piece based on the pollarded willows. I got half way through one and it's at the ugly stage just now and needs thinking time, so I got side tracked into completing this one. The attention span of a gnat <> Never mind! this one can be one of my 3.
It's mostly Unison pastels as I love them - velvety soft and rich but they don't break up and flake away to expensive shards and powder like some. What I do want to get is some white Schminke pastels, as I'm told they are the richest, whitest white with brilliant covering power.
I often underpaint when I use pastels but this one is just pastel and no other medium.
I love pastels with the mix of drawing and painting they allow - my skin doesn't like them much though and dries out terribly. I've tried wearing those thin disposable gloves but I use my fingers too much to soften edges etc and I just don't get on with wearing the gloves to work. I'm just piling on the moisturising creams.
I'll get back to the willows done much larger in pastel and see if I can rescue them - or maybe it won't look so bad in the morning - she says hopefully. I just may end up putting 3 seascapes in!
Friday, February 06, 2009
Unfortunately, the one day it was really beautiful, deep, powdery and unspoilt - I was teaching all day.
Today it has thawed quite a bit and along the paths and roads is a dirty sludgy mess.
Ithought I'd go out to the meadows with my camera. Though I hate working from photos I'm going to have to if I want to do any snow scenes as
working outside in this weather doesn't suit my arthritis.
I'll just have to remember the colour that was there, subtle and muted and greyed. Then take the knowledge I gained sketching plein air there and try to build this knowledge into the work.
The canal and pools in the water meadows were frozen in places. Reflections were often muted and greyed like the sky.
In the cold light things were silhouetted with little detail.
I have to do some pastels for an upcoming show and I'm thinking of working from the sketches of the pollarded willows in the golden sunlight and now in this icy light.
I need 3 and thought it might be good to link it with the waterways project. They would be much larger drawings/paintings.
A good idea?
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
design a font from your own handwriting - I thought I'd have a go as soon as I have time - the weekend maybe. It looks really good see Julie's example.
I've been rushed between work++++ and helping my mother to choose a plumber to install a new central heating boiler - quickly - as the snow is still lying with more to come so no new art work.
Monday, February 02, 2009
I came across this old drawing when rooting through the plan chest, looking for something else and decided to show it. It's on red Ingres paper in a mix of pastels - mostly Unison. I love their velvety softness. It's fairly large - a full sheet of Ingres.
This was done at a pastel weekend workshop - I think it was in the first year of my degree, during the holidays. The colours of the set up were wonderful and so I chose the red paper so it could flicker through the other colours.
Still life isn't usually my 'thing' though once started I can get hooked. The battered velvet chair with the dent in the seat was fun to do and I played with the perspective, exagerating it slightly.
I need to get my pastels out asap as there is a pastel society exhibition in March I must put work into.
I may put this on Etsy as it's just sitting there in the drawer doing nothing. What do you think?