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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.
A series of tiny (2 inches and less) studies for possible large canvasses. Derwent Coloursoft on Fisher 400 paper, underpainting in watercolours. Vivien Blackburn
Tiny Abstracts with Derwent Coloursoft pencils and watercolour on Fisher 400 paper:
I had some tiny left over scraps of the Fisher 400 and decided to experiment with water colour washes, overlaid with Derwent Coloursoft pencils (which work beautifully over this paper, so intense and rich).
As I'm not getting out to work plein air at the moment, due to the cold not being great for arthritis, I thought I might work on some canvasses where I'm simply using luscious colours to create space, mood and lovely interactions of colour.
The Coloursoft on the Fisher paper allow me to throw in those unexpected intense bits of colour, over deeper washes beneath, like those touches of vivid red that float over the underlying colours. Mixing media like this allows me to do this - to let the painting, tiny as it is, to start ta…
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…