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Tramping!

9 May

Rhossili 1

I’m back to tramping the countryside again, drawing en plein air with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams, studying megaliths in South Wales. We’re focusing on The Gower Peninsula at the moment and our first stop was Cefn Bryn, not to look at the magnificent Arthur’s Stone / Maen Ceti, which we did a couple of weeks ago, but for Dewi to take his measurements around the many simple stone cairns that litter the area around it. I have to be honest and say that sometimes there isn’t much of artistic merit to a pile of stones and so I try and capture the ancient landscape that surrounds the prehistoric monuments. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook. It was ferociously windy, too much for larger sheets of paper on my portable drawing board.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Oh I Wish!

8 May

Oh I wish

When I tell people that I go out regularly drawing en plein air, a common reaction is, “Oh how lovely! Tripping about the countryside in the sunshine doing some nice little drawings“. OH! I! WISH!

Here’s the reality. A photo of the minimum kit I need for my forays into the wild places of South Wales with pre-historian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. From the left: portable drawing board; satchel containing drawing materials, sketchbook, masking tape, fingerless gloves, wet wipes, toilet roll (in case), mobile phone, purse, spectacles, sunglasses; sturdy walking boots; waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers; hat; rucksack with food and water for humans and snackage for wild ponies; portfolio with prepared papers and canvasses. That’s what I cart up mountains, across bogs and through streams so that I can do my art out in the fresh air instead of in a nice warm cosy studio.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The Final Proof – For Now

7 May

workers 7

Here are the last cuts I made on my new vinyl block that I carved during my gallery-sitting session at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir last weekend. I spent the day designing, cutting and proof printing and took it up to this, the fourth cut and print and for now, the final proof. I printed with a cheap water-based ink onto cartridge paper and I now need to try it out with top quality materials before I decide whether it needs more cutting. But I’m inclined at the moment to say that less is more…..

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I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The Third Cut

6 May

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Another bit of cutting and here’s my third proof of the linocut I’m developing, based on original drawings of ancient monuments in South Wales. It’s getting there, but I think I need to cut away more of the sky, so that’ll be the next stage.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Proof Printing

5 May

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I made the first cuts on my new vinyl block (while I was gallery-sitting at The Workers Gallery last weekend) and took a proof print. The first print off a new block always seems to be a bit ropey (it’s the one at the bottom right of the photo), so I took a second proof which had a better ink coverage (top right). I used a plastic baren and cartridge paper. The quality isn’t particularly good because I used a cheap-ish water-based ink and a cheap roller (brayer), but it’s good enough for proofing. The purpose of taking a proof print is to see if you need to do more cuts on the block, or to try out different inks or papers. It’s the period of experimentation. I did some more cutting because I want a lighter upper half, and then I took another proof (on the left). It’s okay, but I want to cut even more away ……… more tomorrow …….

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The First Cuts

3 May

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Yesterday I posted about setting up to develop a linocut print while I was gallery-sitting at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. After I did an interim sketch from my original sketchbook drawing of a Neolithic standing stone, I transferred it (in reverse) to a piece of vinyl with a white conté crayon. I’m using vinyl rather than lino because it’s softer and easier to cut and also because it’s so much cheaper. I find that I get very inhibited when I use expensive materials and I want to be free and a bit experimental with this – I don’t want to get precious about it.

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I’m not going to cut a lot away at first, I’ve ruined a lot of blocks that way. I’m going to cut in stages and take proof prints as I go along to inform any more cutting that needs to be done. I’m aiming for a rough, simple, expressionist style. Here’s the first stage cut, inked up with a cheap water-based printing ink, waiting to be printed by hand using a plastic baren.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Starting From Scratch.

2 May

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I spent last Saturday at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, a fabulous artist-led artspace in the Rhondda Valley. The two artists who run the gallery, Chris and Gayle, are taking a well-deserved holiday and a rota of gallery artists are taking turns to keep the gallery open. I took a load of drawing and printmaking gear to start work on a new linocut.

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I’m making a print from one of the many drawings I’ve done over the last year of ancient stone monuments across South Wales, mostly Neolithic and Bronze Age. The first stage is to do a sketch from one of the drawings in my sketchbook, simplifying it. The final piece will only be one colour, black on white, so I can’t put in the whole range of tonal values that are in the original.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The End Of The Experiment

1 May

19 Frida cartridge

So here’s the last stage of my experimenting with home-made printing ink based on Nori (seaweed) paste. Above is a block cut into vinyl, inked with a roller (brayer) and the print taken with a traditional Japanese bamboo baren. I used a Daler Rowney cartridge / drawing paper, 95gsm and had better results with the paper used dry, rather than dampened on the back with a quick spritz of water from a spray bottle.

20 Kathe cartridge

Then I tried printing with a stamp, inked with a roller but simply pressed onto the paper by hand. Again, it’s the Daler Rowney cartridge and gave a better result on dry rather than damp. I’ve used the ink with these two blocks onto a lightweight Hosho Japanese paper, a vintage J Green British paper and lastly, the Daler Rowney, which has given the best results. It’s an economy paper so that’s a good result.

21 Washing up

And finally, cleaning up. In water. Easy peasy. All in all, a good experiment. I still prefer a top quality oil-based ink for archival gallery prints, but this is an excellent alternative for using outside the studio or where you want to use something that’s more environmentally friendly.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Rainy Sunday

30 Apr

Sunset

Husb and I have been in West Wales all day, visiting friends. The weather when we left was gorgeous but by the time we arrived, heavy rain was moving in from the Irish Sea and scuppered our plans for a countryside walk and some quick sketching en plein air. Of course it rained, it’s a Bank Holiday weekend! Never mind, it was nice to stay in and catch up. As we drove home, I turned to look back at the North Pembrokeshire coast from the Presceli Mountains. There was a break in the rain and the evening sun shone through the thick cloud for just a few moments. I might not have managed any scribbling, but the photo opportunity made up for it.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Preseli Mountains. Elfys? Preseli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

A Bit Of Vintage

29 Apr

18 Kathe vintage

And ….. back to my experiments with home-made printing ink. After disappointing results with a lightweight Japanese Hosho paper, I tried a lovely vintage British paper, J Green & Sons sold by the Vintage Paper Co. Above, I used the ink with a rubber stamp made from a design I did of the artist Käthe Kollwitz, applied with a roller (brayer) and stamped by hand. On the left is a slightly dampened paper, spritzed on the back with a water spray bottle. On the right is one onto dry paper. The damp one is the best.

17 Frida vintage

Then I tried the ink with a vinyl block based on a screenprint I did of artist Frida Kahlo, applied with a roller and the print taken using a traditional Japanese bamboo baren. Again, the print onto dampened paper (right) is better than the one on dry (left). Pretty good results but still one more paper to try. More tomorrow ……..

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

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