Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday Sketches

We spent a few days at Billie Bird's house on the Sunshine Coast after Christmas. She doesn't live there anymore and someone else will own it soon and everyone thinks that's a bit sad so I decided to sketch a few of her bit's and pieces that still remain. I thought about taking my sketchbook to the beach but you can't have one eye on the page and one on the kids. You really need at least three, one eye for each child and another to watch were you're going. Maybe Billie would like the drawing of her old clock to pin up in her new room.

Overpass 2 - Try something new

Forget the Japanese paper, this one's on Archers watercolour paper. Viva le France! I ran off 5 acceptable prints but I like the other colours better. See Overpass No. 1

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What's on the Easel - painting

Nothing finished this week. But I've started on a painting that's part of a project Heck Tate and I began many months ago that's born of an idea I had even longer ago than that. I'm not sure where I'm going with it......lets see.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

car park rage

At the supermarket last weekend an old lady nearly ran me over with her 4X4. I was crossing the intersection with my mother in-law, a car space on the other side was open and rather than wait for us, the old girl just gunned it. She nearly T-boned a ford coming the other way too. Supermarkets can be deadly....take care!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

BIA End of Year Exhibition 2012

Didn't seem as big to me at this years end of year show but turns out I sold three prints from my class Introductory Printmaking with David Nixon.

Many Thanks to the buyer/buyers. Glad you like them.

Lino Cut - Overpass

I made a new set of plates during the week for this image of an overpass. I like the image a lot, but I'm feeling frustrated by the technical defficiencies. The Kozo paper takes the water based inks fairly well but it's so fragile and the inks dry so quickly in this climate, I have to add retarder if I want to make more than one or two prints, but that makes the ink less viscous and it wants to bleed. Then there's the operator errors like insufficient ink, inaccurate registration, innability to mix just the right shade of violet/indigo......

But hey, reused frame I picked up for $2.00 from the markets, cut a fresh matt with my new Logan matt cutter, give the whole thing a well needed clean....ready to hang on the wall.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Watercolour - Developed Face 2

After last weeks developed face drawing, here's one with the eyes open, rendered with watercolours. I'm done with this idea now. time for something else.