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Sunshine Prints

21 Sep

Cyanotypes adjusted

I did a whole load of cyanotypes yesterday for an exhibition and I had some pieces of paper and chemicals left over so, waste not want not, I coated the paper scraps and stored them away in a folder in a dark cupboard. Today, I shrank my negatives digitally and printed them out on acetate. We had a brief respite in the rain with some truly brilliant sunshine for a couple of hours around lunchtime so I put a drawing board onto the floor with the back door open, put the coated paper face up on it, placed the little negs onto the paper and a sheet of glass on top to keep them still.


They only take 6 minutes in the UV Unit at Swansea Print Workshop, but I had to take an educated guess for today’s exposure. I left them for 22 minutes, checking regularly. I could see the cyanotype chemicals changing colour around the edges of the negatives. You can see the undeveloped images in the top photo. I removed the negs and rushed the little prints off to the kitchen sink and washed them gently in cold, running water for 20 minutes. Here they are above in the washing up bowl. I drained them and they’re now being pressed between boards and tissue paper to dry flat. I’m really pleased with the result. It’s a way of using my sketchbook drawings.

I think I might put these onto Artfinder tomorrow.

One From The Archives 10: Fan Girl

21 Sep

Fangirl painting

Here you can see the original (below) and the finished painting (above).  I usually have no idea how I will be using the original life drawing when I first get it down on paper. At that point it is often just a case of describing what I see in front of me using line and shade.

Often I will combine the figure drawing with other sketches from incredibly diverse sources. In this case a poster for a rock band and remembering those teenage crushes on pop stars – I LOVED The Monkees – and how so much of my time was spent day dreaming about them. Where did the time come from? Not enough hours in the day now!

As part of my artistic practice, I like to study and build upon my theoretical base. This is one of a series of small oil paintings inspired by re-acquainting myself with Johannes Itten’s colour theories.

fangirl drawing

Using the theories enables me to work up a full colour painting from monochrome sketches. Not having the distraction of the real colours of the scene allows me to develop paintings so the colours are more harmonious and satisfying to the eye.

If you want to find out more technical details about techniques I use please click here to go through to the technical section on my website. The painting Fan Girl is available for sale on Artfinder here and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the link here to go directly to it or click on the link on the right hand side of this blog to see other works for sale.

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