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.
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.
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.
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
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.