Lined up on the table – each one differs in background and owl!
Day 14 of the Twitter challenge #printoctober.
The nights are drawing in but the woodland is still bedecked with leaves.
I have not heard the owls for a while but they are not forgotten.
Here is a parliament of them which landed on my table this morning :)
TWIT-TWOO! Ha-ha :)
Every Wednesday sees me at the printmaking workshop. It has become very busy of late in there and I was worried less would be done as a result. However it turns out all that is needed is a bit of pressure, it is akin to a shot in the arm.
The first job was to finish off the lemon sole print to a higher standard; the background willow pattern plate having been done earlier.
Ready for inking up
Moving on to the hare in cabbage field design, this was a long one to carve – the cabbagy bits taking 80 hours alone. I gave up timing my cutting after that as it is academic – I would do it regardless.
I wanted a rich purple for the top cabbage plate .
Once again, the background had already been inked the previous session using green and yellow, so once dry, all that needed doing was to add the protagonists – cabbages! :)
One of the reasons I LOVE print.
It gives room to play. The bottom print was done straight onto white paper with a green top print, the upper used the greens as a base with purple top print. They are the same design but have a very different feel.
I am not entirely happy with either so will probably be looking into some sort of mixed media intervention such as Indian inks.
Squeezing every last drop out of the time we have is not always a good thing. I forgot to check how many layers of buffering sheets there were first and ended up curling the metal plate under the roller!
Will it will be OK to use next time (and will want to)?
I am not sure if the scoring on this are sufficient of whether it is that my inking was done too quickly.
This is not what I was hoping for so I shall give it another go next time when more attention can be paid to inking it up.
The fish on the plate?
I love fish!
Better print to follow…
Cut at home,I had to dance on this to press out the design so will have a better go tomorrow in the workshop.
Lemon sole (with added lemons!) on a willow pattern plate.
#linocut #print #fish
..but the weather’s still fine so I don’t mind! :)
Here’s a few more images done for Twitter’s #paintseptember – what a fantastic month it turned out to be.
Water colour Hare Wet on wet painting favoured by Rachel Toll whose wonderful work includes many hares! :)
My camera has broken so using the web cam means everything is back to front!
A holiday cottage on the harbour wall at Polperro, North Cornwall.
Oil on a Cornish slate pebble.
Oil painting on a Cornish pebble.
Yes, the last two pictures are odd ones but I have ordered a new camera which is winging its way as we speak!
The webcam reverses every mage and wasn’t too happy about focusing on the subject hence me putting me face in view!
After a compulsory early start to Friday (waving people off to Mexico), I decided to make the most of it and travelled to Devon for the day. Devon Open Studios is in full swing, and with the Indian summer we are experiencing, it was perfect.
Exmouth beach was littered with shells as the morning tide receded, the predominant being the white bivalves which I put to good use.
The sun was just burning though the morning mist as I walked the beach.
The iron oxide-rich earth around this most ancient part of the Jurassic coast tints the area. Little pink bubbles were left in shells as the sea receded.
After my fix of sand, I made my way toward Credington to meet Rachel Toll. Rachel paints beautiful water colours, my favourites being her animal portraits which have such energy and presence. Her style is loose and energetic with a focus on the eye, drawing the viewer in.
I am in love with one of her latest works, Otter.
Rachel put the kettle on when I arrived at her Coleford cottage and we chatted as I leafed through her collection of water colours.
Rachel was working on a red squirrel painting when I visited.
She also puts as much life into her landscape studies and it came as no surprise to hear she had sold work worldwide.
Of course, it was impossible to leave without buying one piece. Here it is, one of Rachel’s wonderful hares.
It was back in June that I was in Swanage and saw a visitor paddling out to a weedy spot where a Herring Gull had dropped its lunch. A beautiful Sea Bass was flapping in a centimetre of water, the hot sun blazing down on it. I thought the man was going to take the fish home for supper (it was large enough), but no, he threw it back into the sea!
Actual image size 39 X 39 cms
Printed on 300 gsm water colour paper
It is now September and it is only now I have finally come to settle on these colours.
I used more literal ones at first and they did not sit well (apart from being too heavy-handed).
Here is the man himself.
Of course, some artistic license has been taken!
I made the piece more intimate by pulling some of the surrounding rocks into focus and bringing the sea
into view (although it was not far out of shot).
The weather was hot (as was the rest of the month) but the seas were rough upon our arrival due to big storms out at sea.