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Stage One And A Ghost

25 Oct
October 2

Monotype stage 1, Process Yellow

It’s been a busy couple of days with the pop up studio at Swansea Print Workshop, a lot of visitors coming in the see our work and talk to Hannah and myself about our residency at the Zaira Zaka print studio in Pakistan last year. It’s been lovely to meet so many people interested in what we’ve done. Today I finally got on with some printmaking, doing the first stage in a three-colour monotype, the Process Yellow. The inked perspex plate is put through the press to take a full colour print and once again with a second piece of paper to make a lighter ‘ghost’ print. You can read more about this 3 colour separation monotype process here.

October ghost 2

The ‘ghost’ monotype, stage 1, Process Yellow.

The image is based on a drawing I did during the residency, while I was travelling between Rawalpindi and Lahore. I did around 50 of them in quick succession, scanned and edited them in succession in this video.


Tomorrow, I’ll be going back to complete the monotypes with two more colour plates, Process Red and Process Blue.  If anyone wants to see this in action, please pop in to our pop up, we’re there 10.30 to 5.00.


Popping Up

27 Aug
The Taliesin Foyer

The Taliesin Foyer-Bar

I’ll be popping up at The Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea throughout September with my fellow artist, Sylvie Evans, from the 15 Hundred Lives art collective. Our exhibition, People And Place”, with painter Graham Parker, is downstairs in the Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery, running until September the 26th and we’ve been given space in the upstairs foyer-bar, just outside the theatre, to have a pop-up studio where visitors will be able to see us doing what artists do, making our art. We’ll be there for a few hours before some of the films and plays in the September programme.

Our little pop-up studio

Our little pop-up studio

I’ll be there on the following Wednesdays from 4.30-7.30 pm:

September 2nd / September 9th / September 16th / September 23rd

And collagist Sylvie Evans will be there on Fridays from 4.30-7.30 pm:

September 4th / September 11th / September 25th

Some of Graham Parker's painting studio

Some of Graham Parker’s painting studio

We’ve installed some of Graham’s painting studio and Sylvie will be working on her collages when she’s there and I will be doing live-action drawing. Would be lovely to see you 🙂

Man In A Black Square

31 May

Some time ago I took some digital photos from my second floor studio window, looking down on the people walking past below. I worked them up into drawings and I’ve been gradually cutting them into blocks for printing. I’m planning to do a series of nine block prints, all square and the same size, with the figure offset within the square. It sort of ties in with my feeling that artists are voyeurs, spying on the world to record what they see. Well, some of us are anyway. Once I’ve done all nine, I’ll exhibit them in a 3×3 square formation so that the black squares make the most impact and also to emphasise the isolation of each individual imprisoned in their own dark square.

I cut the image into a recycled piece of signwriter’s foamboard, I think the brand name in Britain is Floatex. I use it because it’s free and gives a very fine line that I can’t get with lino or wood. I used it extensively to teach block printing to people with drug problems; some have blood-borne viruses and the last thing you want is a cutting tool injury. The foamboard doesn’t have to be cut – it can be incised with a 4″ nail or even a biro.

I printed this today using Daler-Rowney block-printing medium and lamp black oil paint, using a Japanese baren to take the print without a press onto Fabriano Accademica 120gsm paper. I’m going to have to do more experimentation because I only had one good print out of 5. I might try it out with a Zercoll paper or adjust the ratio of paint to medium until I get it right. Ho hum, that’s my fate sealed for the bank holiday. [Holiday? Don’t make me laugh :)]

Three Stages Of Man

8 May

Mixed media drawing.

Back to reality after last week’s Renaissance drawing course and ploughing on with a new large drawing in my studio. I had a life drawing in my sketchbook as a starting point and I worked it up on a piece of stretched Fabriano which had been prepared with rabbit skin glue and washes of thinned acrylic paint in yellow ochre, permanent rose and pthalo blue. I sketched it up with white chalk which took AGES! I’m working to the size of my perspex monotype plate, because this drawing will eventually be used as a template for a full-colour monotype, so I had to distort the original to fit the space. I’m much more comfortable about distorting figures now, after spending some time with Egon Schiele and the Renaissance Masters [in my dreams LOL :)].

Anyway, Stage 1 took about four hours. I’m a pacer; I have to keep turning my back on my work and walking away to have a think about what I’m doing, then walk back, staring at it, trying to work out what to do next. Sometimes I prop it against the wall outside my studio and walk down the entire length of the corridor to the far end, then walk back slowly scrutinising the piece of work, analysing it from different distances. Consequently I’m on my feet for hours at a time and I wear out a lot of carpets. Eventually I was ready to draw in the final linework in willow charcoal [in the middle picture] and then block in around it, again with willow charcoal. Stages 2 and 3 took less than ten minutes.

Now it’s ready to be worked up in compressed charcoal and oil bars and it’s also ready to be traced as a template for the monotype process. A good day’s work, but my feet are awful sore 😦

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