Making some time to paint .. space created .. art materials limited to 4 colors , 2 crayons , a pencil and a brush ... make it work .. Play it hard until the muse sings back at me from the page ... release
at this point a solitary angel asks to remain .. the other fading back into the mists
It has long been a wish of mine to learn etching ..yet the toxicity of the process has always deterred me . A friend of mine introduced me to the concept of non-toxic etching and one of the printmakers here in the Uk championing the process ... so off I went to learn ..
I arrived in Cornwall at the little Handprint Studio tucked away nr Penzance in Cornwall..
One of my teachers, Peter Wray in his element .. With many many years of printmaking experience to offer a lot of learning was on the agenda ..
First up , Collagraph and Carborandum .. Playing with layers, materials , textures and patterns
Some of my Collagraph mini test plates .
Made from thin wood and manipulated with various carving tools and texture pastes
Proper inking up of Collagraph printing plates is an art form in itself Peter Demoing the various ins and outs of applying the stay soft inks that make the collagraph plates inking up process easier...
From Collagraph plate to print ... Some of Peter Wrays handiwork
Lots and lots of yummy printmaking ink options ... Judy Collins, Peters Art Partner demoing the various colour choices
First test print of my Collagraph plates .. Inking up is hard and much more learning is on the agenda ... Stay tune for more of my progress
Still Playing with Drawing Practice at Artclub today - Tilting around an Axis
The idea being to take an object, in my case a teapot ... tilt it..discover the tilt axis ...then draw in elliptical shapes the main form of the pot ...taking care to maintain the axis point ...
Removing the need to go for the outline first but investigating the visual shape of the body form first .. letting the tilted axis be the anchor that holds the composition in place...
an interesting exercise in..
.. another exercise of playing with negative shape ... arranging an impromptu still-life made up out of items from my drawing bag...onto a rectangular surface...then observing the created negative shapes only ..
I find it incredibly difficult to hold focus on the negative shapes...my mind does all kinds of erratic dances wishing to jump back to the familiar outline of the object rather than its negative neighbour... managed to hold on some ... but love to play with these ideas of "pure" negative shape a bit more ..
resting slowly on the negative shapes...trying to avoid guesswork but really staying witth the shape
thats present rather than what is thought to be there by the mind...
and interesting afternoon of observational drawing
Having spotted some blue sky peeking out from behind the clouds .. we grabbed the chance for another walk on the beach ... Maya decided to have an experiment to see whether she could crush some coloured stones to make pigments... wondering whether that is how they made paint in the ancient days .. so off she went to look ...
Having found some promising specimens we build a little protective stone circle around the stone to be crushed to avoid loosing the pieces that kept jumping into all directions ... ( mind your eyes too)
After several sessions she got a fine enough powder of pigment ..
we found 3 suitable stones ...one even coloured turquoise-ish .. and filled empty limpet shells with the pigment ...
...then added a little water, gave it a little stir ..then let the Art begin :-)
the terracotta red colour worked particularly well and we had great fun doodling on the stones ..
..adding a little turquoise pigment on my stone face :-)
..after a little scratching with a hard stone to add some white lines my Beach Art Painting was complete ..
what fun ..
... about to tuck into some well-earned chocolate ladybird to refuel ;-)
...have I told you that I love Wales yet ? ... grin
“I promise to make you more alive than you’ve ever been. For the first time you’ll see your pores opening like the gills of fish and you’ll hear the noise of blood in galleries and feel light gliding on your corneas like the dragging of a dress across the floor.
For the first time, you’ll note gravity’s prick like a thorn in your heel, and our shoulder blades will hurt with the imperative of wings.
I promise to make you so alive that the fall of dust on furniture will deafen you, and you’ll feel your eyebrows like two wounds forming and your memories will seem to begin with the creation of the world.”
------------ deeply resonating words today ... feeling the pour under my skin