Woodcut and Monoprint (30 January 2014)

There is so much I want to learn so I know better what I am doing when I decide to try a piece. Part of this experimenting is combining printmaking techniques. Colour doesn’t come to me naturally, I think, but I am finding that I do want to add some. So I tried using monoprint, stencil and woodcut and was pleasantly surprised! I did two, below is the other one. There are bits I like from each, but I think overall this first one is probably the better one. The thing is that it is all such an experiment that I am sure if I try tomorrow again it will not come easily!!! but that surprise is part of the attraction! Anyway, for the time being is a great feeling!


Hopefully I will be back before not too long!

Monoprints (29 September 2013)

Hello again!  I seem to be permanently in an experimenting face, but with little time, so that makes the learning very slow. Looking through my prints I discovered this monoprint that I did in my first year (or second?) of printmaking.Monoprint_women

Monoprints are particularly attractive to me, they combine drawing but take it one step further because you can’t really see how the image is truly developing. This example has a lot of room for improvement, I think what I like best is that the faces came out subtle enough.

This one is much more recent.  monoprint_2Here I am trying to capture the texture of the wood, my perennial challenge. I do like very much the intensity of the colours and don’t know if I can produce a similar effect again. These are oil inks so it is easy to ‘clog’ the wood and end up with very little texture. I am soooooo keen to learn the Japanese woodblock techniques but at the moment have no access :(. I have been following closely a very good printmaker who works with the japanese technique, Laura Boswell, she has a great website, a great studio diary with lots of advice on many topics, and lots of pictures of her beautiful prints.

I am finding out about what I must do to post images from other websites but as soon as I know I will post some images (a bit in a rush right now). I want to post more about others…. Will come back soon!

Loosing up (2 August 2013)

I didn’t think it would happen to me so quickly but yes, other things take over and the blog goes down on the list… I must make an effort (a subtle way of making a promise).
It’s been quiet on the blog but not in life. I basically take almost every free minute from my paid work and family life to do art, so although not writing about it I am quite active in the studio. I am going through an experimental face, I think just trying to find more clearly who I want to be as an artist, how I want to draw, how I want to paint, etc. I’ve gone back to TAFE for another drawing class, which I love and keep learning from and have been using youtube and the internet to find inspiration (almost too much!).
One thing I am learning is that I like ‘loose’, realism but not realistic, and somehow figures give me the most joy, but also animals. Landscapes I can find truly beautiful but somehow I don’t feel I can transcribe the emotion into the paper…. uhmmm. So, wFigure_3atercolour and ink are very attractive to me because just by adding water the control is ‘lost’. I am sure the experts don’t lose control but I definitely do! 🙂 Sometimes it is a total disaster and sometimes is what I am aiming for, so that keeps me going. Here are some examples….face_2 Figure_5 Figure_4 Face_1

Faces in Woodcut (22 May 2013)

I very often show figures in my work and it has been a very interesting and a continuing long process to learn to create them in woodcut. Recently I have been thinking of faces in particular because I am hoping to (one day soon) make an artist book with many of the faces of the people I have portrayed in my woodcut work. What is very interesting is how the way of cutting affects so much the image. I don’t know which style I like more, I just marvel at the different strength of each image and really the different message that can be transmitted depending on the technique. So I guess I need to think about that message to make sure it is what I want to say with that particular image…. uhmm often I just like the texture so much that I like to play around with different styles. The funny thing is that as soon as it crosses my mind that I am finally mastering a technique I have a total failure that takes me back to square one. In a way this surprise is part of the challenge that drives me to try.
There are lots of amazing woodcut artists that have created amazing images that show faces. The German artist Käthe Kollwitz created some beautiful and very strong images; Leonard Baskin, Barry Moser, and many others. Below are some of the faces I have been working on. Three are full prints, and two are sections of bigger prints. I leave it to you to decide what you like best!

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