Getting On With It

12 Nov

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I’m on the last leg now with “Here Be Dragons”, my commission for Sky Arts, getting my final design transferred into a large sheet of MDF. I’m back in my studio at home, with Helen Finney’s portrait of me looking down as I work.

 

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I transferred it using detail paper, that had a tracing of the design in compressed charcoal. Once that was on the MDF, I went over each line with a good quality squirrel hair brush and home-made walnut ink. Tomorrow, the cutting begins!

 

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Still Slogging Away….

10 Nov

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Still slogging away. I have redrawn this yet again and now I think I’m finally happy with the way the textual imagery flows. This is the third version that I have worked up, and I did it lightly in graphite first.

 

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Then I covered it with detail paper (tracing) and copied it through with compressed charcoal, which will help when I turn it over to copy it onto a sheet of wood – it has to be carved in reverse of course. Off to the DIY centre next, to get a sheet of MDF. This is the reality of doing art, reworking and refining and slogging away, not very glamorous, eh?

 

 

 

 

What has brought you here?

9 Nov

An interesting and challenging artblog from Swansea artist Patricia McKenna-Jones, with some great drawings en plein air

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I attended a meeting of Stand Up To Racism two days ago in Swansea at which we listened to some politically -committed guest speakers. I couldn’t stay long but did a couple of sketches anyway (here and at base):

After this we were asked to speak to the person nearest to us about what had made us turn up; for some reason I felt something akin to nausea and was suddenly back in Liverpool with my school friend, Owen, in 1968.

Owen was mixed race and were in the same class all the way through Primary School and some of Secondary. I have a memory of us being on school trip in the Lake-district aged 11 with Lulu’s I’m a Tiger playing on someone’s radio. He was always better than me at maths and was a great natural artist.

This all changed when we went to the ‘big school’ and…

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Back To The Drawing Board

7 Nov

Literally, back to the drawing board. I worked up a full scale drawing yesterday, ready to transfer to a block for cutting. But I’m not happy with it. There’s so much text to fit into the space and I think it’s too busy and cramped so today, back to basics, redrawing each word so the text is more abstracted. Tomorrow, I’ll work it up onto another full size sheet of paper and see where that gets me.

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This is a commission for Sky Arts television.

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And Nearer ……

6 Nov

Moving into the final stages of my commission from Sky Arts ART50 now, drawing up the design to full scale before transferring it onto a wood block for cutting …..

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Getting Nearer

5 Nov

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I’m getting along with my commission for the Sky Arts ART50 programme, “Here Be Dragons”. I have reworked every single piece of text that will be on the final woodcut, redrawing each word until it forms itself into a visual image that I like. The letters sometimes become so abstracted that it can be difficult to read the final word, but that’s okay, I’m making a piece of art, not an illustration or a piece of design, so I don’t have to worry if something is readable, only that it works as a visual motif. These words will change again when they’re painted onto the surface of the woodblock and yet again when I carve them and print them and use chine collé on them.

Next phase is to work up a full-size drawing onto paper, prior to transferring it onto the woodblock. So getting along nicely…..

 

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Tiny Etchings

4 Nov

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Coming up from November 10th, an exhibition of miniature prints at Swansea Print Workshop. The main exhibition showcases the Leftovers VIII international touring show but members of the print workshop will also be displaying tiny prints for sale ….. some lovely Xmas presents there! Here are some of the tiny drypoint etchings I’m submitting, they’ve been hand-coloured with watercolours. Come and have a look …..

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An Urban Sketcher In The USA

3 Nov

I follow quite a lot of other bloggers on WordPress, mostly artists, and this is one I admire very much. Pete Scully’s urban sketches are fabulous – they’re unassuming snippets of the small American town he lives in (mostly) but they are also beautifully drawn, gently chronicling modern life.

TEN YEARS LATER: PETE SCULLY

On a corner of Old North Davis is a house I drew at the end of a crisp sunny October day in 2008. I remember I left work early that day, and cycled up beyond 5th Street, still then a fairly unknown country for a South Davis-dweller such as me, to the Old North neighbourhood, […]

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Phew! Cracked It!

2 Nov

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Finally, all the teccie, geeky stuff has been sorted. I did a third test block, carving a fraction of my final design onto a shard of MDF, coating it three times with a 50:50 mix of shellac and methylated spirits, inking it up with Cranfield Caligo Safewash Relief ink and printing it, using a Japanese baren, onto Hosho paper. PHEW!!!!!! Cracked it!

This is a first, trial, proof which shows me if the carving is satisfactory. I can see where I need to cut more away around the lettering and maybe increase the ‘scales’ around the dragons eye, but it’s not too bad at all for a first proof.

This is another stage in my commission for Sky Arts ART50, you can read more about it here

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Andis Applewhite: New Additions to the AP/RC

2 Nov

I really like these woodcut prints, very contemporary approach to an ancient technique

Artist Printmaker/Photographer Research Collection ● AP/RC ● Art Division of the Museum of Texas Tech University

Andis Applewhite stopped by this summer to visit the AP/RC, talk, and drop off some artwork and related materials for her archive. In addition to six woodcuts and three trace monotypes, Applewhite left with the AP/RC some test sheets exploring colors, textures and shapes as well as several registration prints.  She lives most of the year in Houston but also has a farm and studio in northern Texas where, among other things, she cultivates wine grapes.

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