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Playing with ideas for a card competition - This is madame when she was young, playing in a waste paper basket. I'm looking at the photo part of the competition as the artwork side is very very simplistic and graphic and not 'me'.
The font needs playing with and making more interesting I know - that's just to get the idea down.
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…
I have always liked the calligraphic tangle of the hedges when they are sihouetted against the sky. Recent snowfall meant even more opportunities with amazing light and the landscape simplified and hidden by the snow, throwing hedges into relief.
Above is a detail of a double page sketch in the lovely Stillman and Birn Beta A4 hardback sketchbook. This paper is so forgiving and the watercolour works beautifully with it. It allowed me to work through wet washes with charcoal pencil - something that tears many papers, leaving holes. Some of the hedge is paint, some tinted charcoal.
First snow, more on the way, winter light: silhouetted hedges in watercolour and Derwent tinted charcoal in a Stillman and Birn A4 beta hardback sketchbook
The earlier warm golden glow of the low sun is covered by clouds, threatening more snow to come. The spiky calligraphic marks of the hedge and the underlying form of the bank, with some of the taller dried grasses showing through, interested…