Monday, September 28, 2015
Here are a few favourites: leaves, bugs, elderberries, blackberries, the grebes, starlings, last plums, jam The last one, below, is the huge supermoon with the flock of passing geese. The sound of their cries is the essence of autumn to me.
See more and the inspiration behind them over on my blog www.pencilandleaf.blogspot.com
Back with new work, new inspiration, and new thoughts in the New Year!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
When we look at how our wildlife has evolved, we can learn a lot about our [and their] environment .....the colour of their feathers/fur/shells and the shape and size of their beaks/bodies etc., As in plant forms, it seems to me that there are few design features in the wildlife of the world that don't make us wonder at their perfection and make us thrilled to be able to observe them.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
This time I have been working on an image of a bee playing a pipe. It’s a trial both for a bit of reduction lino practise and a possible visual for a poster which will include a poem.
It took rather a long time to get this far. I am not sure reduction linos are for me. I find them a bit limiting and have ended up actually preferring the black and white. But its all good practise.The character of the bee was important and that is always a challenge especially in lino. One tiny slip of the cutter and everything changes. It’s an all purpose bee of no particular species. Not quite as stylised as I wanted, so may try another version.
First reductions and colour trials
Four not-too-bad prints. There are 4 colours plus white in the most complex print.
But I love the simplification and choppy marks of lino and woodcut. These sort of marks would be hard to achieve in any other medium. The happy accidents and unforeseen marks are particularly rewarding.
Final black and white print and the plate.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The first print was quite minimal in terms of the ink that was picked up as the block went through the press
I particularly liked this print which is much darker and I think the texture of the feathers around the neck works well.
Collographs are fascinating things, the possibilities are endless!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Perhaps my imagination is getting the better of me as the recent weather turns from very hot to cold in the space of 24 hours, and a hint of autumn is in the early morning air. The combine harvesters are working all night if they can before the rain stops them but the blackberries and sloes are plumping up nicely because of it. I think the wood will provide plenty of berries for human and avian foragers alike this year.
I printed the rook by press rather than by hand and thought the results were interesting, as their is no clear outline around the carborundum, making the rook blend softly into the background
Friday, August 21, 2015
The Bird Cherry tree is dripping with red fruit.
The blackbirds love them. So do the wasps. I have picked some to cook with quite a bit of sugar, then to freeze, to bring a little August sunshine to the dark days of Winter.
These are some print trials for “August” in my “Bird Cherry Year” project. At this time of year the greens are dark and saturated but so far I have lightened the green to get the cherries to print. I may add some highlights on the cherries but they are not very shiny. Its more of a a sheen, along with the dusky bloom of these cherry/plums.
Many more trials to come. So far these are just tests, printed with cheap water-based inks. The better quality inks will look quite different. I think it will be well into November before I can consider printing them all as a set.
Blackbirds and Birdcherries
Friday, August 14, 2015
In between things I am continuing with recording what happens to the Bird Cherry this year in print. The idea is to be able to make a small book. Rather than rely on photos I am waiting until things happen to the tree so I can make some observations from life.
In the Spring with the first blossoms came the bees. I have had the plate cut for ages and only now got round to printing some trials. I combine the plates so it’s a slow and uncertain process. here are the first ones.
This one is the nearest to what I need.. I wont be able to print the set until much later in the year. So plenty of variations to come.