Saturday, 10 November 2012

Private View November 2012

The Private View was really great last night. We had quite a lot of visitors and the place was fairly busy for most of the evening. I was very happy with the framing of my skull doodle etch and the patterned zig-zag. I used the framers in Putney on Disraeli Road opposite the library.

Here are a few photos from the event.

My Skull doodle and Pattern zig-zag hanging in the exhibition.

Blaze Cyan's work

Marcella and her friend look at Melanie Bellis' work on the first staircase. 

Nibbles, chat and bubbles flowing freely.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Etching Exhibition 2012

The etching class that I attend at the Putney School of Art has organised an exhibition of our prints from the 5th November to 14th November 2012.

The Private View is on Friday 9th November at the Putney School of Art from 18:45 - 20:45. Nibbles and drinks are available to all who turn up to see the work.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Etchings from Summer School 2012

I attended a three day etching workshop at the Putney School of Art during the last few days of July 2012.

The tutor was Chris Roantree, a graduate of the Royal College of Art whose work is really surreal and a little bit spooky - very cool!
There is an example of Chris' work on the left so you can decide for yourselves what you think.

My work is not really like Chris' style but I was influenced to take a more creative approach to my etchings by adding more imagery and darker more subversive elements to my work.

The plate below took me two days to develop.

Day One
I started with a hard-ground free style sketch then added texture using soft-ground.
I placed objects like crumpled tin-foil, clingfilm, rubber bands and bubble wrap ontop of sections of the plate to create the textures you can see in the work.

Day Two
I added tone by aqua-tinting the plate and building up to the darkest tones by leaving them exposed to the nitric acid the longest.
Timings for the aqua-tint tones were:
Soft grey: 30 seconds
Mid grey: 45 seconds
Dark grey: 60 seconds
Black: 90 seconds

The red section you see on the skull was created by using a technique called Chin-colle

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Into the Wild art course with Canadian artist Liz Charlsey-Jory

I attended an Art Course at Dulwich Picture House based on the landscape work of the Canadian artist-adventurers. We spent two days drawing landscapes in Dulwich Park and I created these colourful oil pastel works reminiscent of the Group of Seven.

I worked on the four pieces through rain and shine - in fact the rain helped create some of the wonderful texture in the works. I used white spirit with oil pastel for the first time and experimented with spray techniques using the paint-brush dipped in white spirit and flicked it onto the paper.