Sunday, 17 June 2018

Upcycling


 
This was the pallet that my press travelled to and from York on. Was going to get rid of it but decided to upcycle it into a rather 'rustic' garden table for the Aged P. Spending an awful lot of time down the data mines at the moment due to fast-approaching, non-negotiable deadlines so it was good to set all that aside and make something tangible for a change. It's not a thing of beauty particularly, but it's functional and has a certain agricultural charm.
 




Friday, 8 June 2018

Gerhard Richter at the new Hansard gallery

Gerhard Richter '4900 Colours' (2007) - John Hansard Gallery © Steve Shrimpton


Visited the first exhibition in the new John Hansard Gallery this week. Interesting exhibition (Artist Rooms: Gerhard Richter), fabulous space. One piece worked particularly well in its situation 4900 colours, 2007. I don’t envy those who had to measure up to install it. Also fun with badges. Well worth a visit.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

And the gluing goes on...


 
The Thing is taking shape. Thoroughly enjoying the process... amazed at how easy to use papier mache is. My new favourite thing. May try making some paper clay next.

Not sure what I’m going to do with it when it’s finished... maybe put it back into a print, if you see what I mean. I’ve been thinking about making some of my characters in 3D for a while, since Captain PB in fact. Also thinking about the characters that Paula Rego makes to paint. Maybe that’s the way forward. Layer them up so they’re constantly evolving... drawing to print to ‘sculpture’ to drawing to print and so on. Hmm.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Etching and monoprint



Back to the printmaking briefly. Had a rare day printing with friends at Red Hot Press last week. Still on the Greek theme - etching and monoprints.

Monday, 21 May 2018

The thing progresses...






















Fun in the garden with newspaper and glue! Have been having a relaxing time sitting in the shade of the plum tree (which provides very useful hooks to hang the Thing from as I work on it) building this up with papier mache. What larks! Haven't done any of this since I was at sixth form. Took a while to get the hang of it - very sticky. The newspaper seemed more keen to attach itself to me than the wire. Anyway, we'll see how it goes.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Making a thing...

Does the shape look familiar...?

Escape





No escape for me but this little etched character is breaking free!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

No escape...

Feels good to be starting a new etching... apart from my small North and South print at the beginning of the year, it’s been a while. Not quite sure where this one will go but it will have monoprinted elements as well.
A couple of months ago, we had a session looking at our progress so far with North and South. One of my fellow printmakers said to me of my image, ‘it’s very you.’ It got me thinking about the work (and lack of!) I’d been trying to make over the last eighteen months or so, and how I’d been trying to move away from narrative ‘illustrative’ images. Without much success. It was a really useful comment as it made me remember that you can’t really escape yourself when it comes to making art - you have to make the work you make. That doesn’t mean you’re not going to progress and push your work forward - it’s still perfectly possible and vital to do that. You just can’t force your work in a direction it doesn’t want to go. So, for me it’s back to weird, slightly grotesque narrative images. The techniques will change though, and that's what will push the work forward.

And if anyone is wondering where the life drawing has gone, that’s all on hold at the moment as too much other stuff going on. I imagine I'll get back to it at some point.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

New stuff



No idea where this will go... work it out on the plate.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Pinkie Maclure

Pinkie Maclure ~ Landfill Tantrum, stained glass
I was attempting to have a tidy up the other day and came across an old Pallant House flyer on which I'd written the names of some artists and artworks. I couldn't remember them, or indeed what exhibition I'd seen them in, so looked a couple up.

This one (by Pinkie Maclure) I particularly remember now and like - though still can't remember what the exhibition was... so thought I'd share it here on my blog. Check out her website at the link above.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Prometheus continued


Managed to grab an impromptu day in the studio on Friday so continued on the theme of Prometheus. Monoprint with the addition of a drypoint figure. Hmm, not sure if it works.
 


 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Big Painting Challenge


Photo from Making a Mark blog













Love it or loathe it, the BBC's Big Painting Challenge is back again for a third series. What a funny old business it is too. Have a look at Katherine Tyrrell's blog, Making a Mark, for insightful reviews of each episode. And here's a clip from tonight's episode.
 

Looming deadlines
















We're nearing the handing in deadline for our collaborative box set. Not usually a fan of printing editions but I really enjoyed this one. And what could be more satisfying than a pile of prints, trimmed, numbered, titled and signed?

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Preparing for Prometheus






















Had a great day monoprinting at Red Hot Press on Friday. Working on a series of prints relating to the Prometheus myth. These are a few small trial prints which I want to develop further. Still using the colour combinations found on Greek ceramics and experimenting with light on dark. Going in the right direction I think.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sand storm





Weekly drawing challenge number 7

 
Week 7 - the spice trade.
 
 
Getting seriously behind with these, but hey, it's just a bit of fun so who cares.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 6

Week 6 - container.
 
Tutankhamun's death mask.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

More monoprints






















The Greek myth obsession continues. Can't keep away from that dog...




Saturday, 17 February 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 5






















Week 5 - 1698.

William of Orange was on the throne in England. He had a rather excellent nose (I may have exaggerated it a bit in my drawing...).

Bit late with this one due to Stuff. Week 6 due on Monday.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

North and South


 
 

Several projects on the go at the moment, one of which is a collaborative box set of prints between Cowprint members and a group of printmakers in the Falkland Islands. My image is in progress.
 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Weekly drawing challenge number 4

Week 4 - an excess.

What does Cerberus have if not an excess of heads?


Black biro on a piece of discarded monoprint.

From Life - Royal Academy

Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin,Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy,
(Somerset House), 1 January 1808





















There were some good things in this exhibition but overall, a bit disappointing. Not enough variety of work, not enough history etc. The film of Chinese students drawing a huge head of David was good, as were some of the 19th Century paintings of life classes at the RA. Amusing in a Giles cartoon sort of way; some of the students didn't seem to be paying attention or looked decidedly bored. Also wearing hats indoors. You have to feel for the models who must have been pretty cold.

Exhibition continues until 11 March.
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/from-life


Zoffany


Unidentified artist, A Life Class, Early 19th century?
Oil on canvas, 987 X 1347 X 25 mm
Formerly attributed to William Hogarth.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Tuesday life drawing

Worked on an etching plate (soft ground) last week, this time graphite stick on newsprint, but for some reason, it didn't etch very well. Hmm. I have theories. Back to the drawing board.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Weekly drawing challenge


A friend of mine decided I needed a drawing challenge so every Monday she gives me a new topic. We're only on week 3 so far; here are weeks 1 and 2.

Week 1 - a clock.
Week 2 - more than one musical instrument.

I'm keeping them small and trying to do them fairly quickly as a way of being more disciplined.

This week's theme, week 3, is something that has been repaired. Why not join me and play along?

Friday, 12 January 2018

A new year of life drawing





















Had a day of life drawing on Saturday and our Tuesday evening sessions started up again this week so drawing for 2018 is off to a good start. A friend has decided to set me a weekly drawing challenge too so news of that coming soon.