It’s all getting a bit cabbagy.

18 Oct

Hare in the cabbages

 

Do you remember the Cabbage Field Hare? 

Well, it was my intention to make a few variations of this, messing about with reversing / adding colours.  Other things have got in the way so there hasn’t been much progress and I think this one will be put on the back boiler for a bit, so this is it so far.

cabbage field hare - ghost print

Got that haunted feeling with this one.

Ghosting, caused by rotating the paper and lino 180 degrees for an even pressing a little to quickly!

It’s a shame really, the mid-ground section with the faded horizon kind of works!  :)

Green and yellow mono-print, then a single lino cut print for the back field before

slicking up with purple.

What a shame some foreign object snuck in (mid right) and messed up the colour.

An infiltrator.

Ah, that’s better.

cabbage field hare - purple leaves

There is another where the hare has been enhanced with Indian inks.  Can I find it?  ‘Corse not!

See more printing and frolics @farleighwood, Twitter.

news flash

Just found it!  (A week later)

Was it worth the wait?  I’ll let you be the judge.

Cabbage Field Hare - inked up

Owl

14 Oct
Lined up on the table - each one differs in background and owl!

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 :)

Barn Owl - blueBarn Owl - purple

TWT TWOO!

TWIT-TWOO!  Ha-ha :)

Printmaking workshop

8 Oct Hare in the cabbages

 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

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 .

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!  :)

DSCF0474Hare in the 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.

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?

lemon sole 001 small

DONE!  :)

Seal (and the moon)

3 Oct

Monoprinting – love it!

Seal on a rock

printed on Fabriano paper.

Monoprint

Monoprint

#printoctober

3 Oct

Is anyone else out there a Twitter fan?

If so, you may already have heard of the monthly challenges set with a theme.

October is all about print, and now I have cut my teeth on monoprnting, there is no reason why there can’t be a post a day.

Pop over here to take a peek.

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Polar Bear

The first of what wll hopefully be a run of Arctic /Antartic (or jolly cold) monoprints.

Flat fish

30 Sep
#Linocut #Print I love fish! Better print to follow...

#Linocut #Print
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

Back from Cornwall…

28 Sep

..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.

Running Hare 001

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.

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 on a Cornish slate pebble.

Oil painting on a Cornish 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!

Polruan sketchbook

25 Sep Polruan fishing boats

On holiday for a week with friends in Cornwall.

Not much work to do (or done), just some little sketches.

The plants  sketched Sketchng tiny clff plants, Polruan Making round shaped, cliff path, Polruan Fowey estuary The walk to the beach, Fowey Polruan fishing boats Mevagissy ferry Mevagissy fisherman

The tiny harbour used by the Fowey to Polruan taxi had a low tide when we waited for the Mevagissy ferry to come along.

The tiny harbour used by the Fowey to Polruan taxi had a low tide when we waited for the Mevagissy ferry to come along.

Water colour in Moleskine

Herring gull making lunch out of a star fish – #paintseptember

See the video of the star fish tussle.

me sipping tea at the Fowey Hotel

The wonderful world of Rachel Toll

12 Sep

Beach

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 sun was just burning though the morning mist as I walked the beach.

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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.

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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.

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I am in love with one of her latest works, Otter.

Rachel Toll, twitter - 0tter

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 Toll and some of her hung work

Rachel was working on a red squirrel painting when I visited.

Rachel Toll, red squirrel

She also puts as much life into her landscape studies and it came as no surprise to hear she had sold work worldwide.

Rachel Toll, dusk owl

Of course, it was impossible to leave without buying one piece.  Here it is, one of Rachel’s wonderful hares.

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Man Saving a Fish

11 Sep

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!

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Actual image size 39 X 39 cms

Hand pulled

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).

Swanage - Spanish tourist being a fish hero.

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.

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