I have spent a few weeks drawing plants, all those amazing leaf and flower shapes, foliage shadows and criss-crossing stems and branches. It's been fun. Now I am trying to make some of the doodles and drawings into prints that show off the plant forms...
I do like taking a plant out of context so that you can really see its shapes (like this one above) as well as drawing/printing the whole tangled mass that exists in a garden. We will see what happens...
Happy to spot my 'Night Dancing' lino print on Folksy's Favourites list at the moment. I love the idea of pets getting up to things as we sleep (and we all know that they do!) and lets hope it is just a bit of harmless dancing...
It is fun printing this one too as I so rarely use blocks of tone in my lino prints, so a good dramatic area of black is good to see when you peel back the paper from the block.
Check out what else is on the Folksy list here (and take a look quickly if you want to see my kitties there as who knows when the Folksy team will find some new favourites!)---> FOLKSY FAVOURITES
I have been busy proofing a lino block of owls, drawn from the Natural Science collection at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. They have an amazingly interesting and varied collection of specimens and it has been a real privilege to be allowed into the stores to draw them.
This block took a while to carve as I wanted to keep the 'drawn' feel of the original whilst turning it into a lino print - all the lines and no tone, a bit of a leap of faith that all the cutting out would pay off, but I am pleased with how it has come out. Next stage is to print it in gold on lovely black Stonehenge paper which will change how it looks all over again...
I've had a lovely couple of weeks lino cutting - a tricky map showing bird migration routes for a book, some more museum bird specimens and a couple of test blocks to try using with different inks. Ive been printing in copper and gold for a while, but really want to try out some different ink/paper combinations so I have been collecting papers ready - should be a fun experiment!
I've also had a great clear out/rummage through my print drawers, which meant I uncovered this little goat - one of my favourites. It is definitely Spring Cleaning season around here.
My little goat lino print is hanging out in my Etsy shop if you want to pop over :)
I've just collected unsold work from a few winter/Christmas shows, pop-up galleries and craft shows.
It has been such a fun season and it has been fantastic to have my lino prints mingling with some really great work from other artists at some great venues. Highlights have got to be Present Makers at Thelma Hulbert in Devon, Bristol Bazaar and being part of the Co-Exist shop for the first time! (Mainly because they let me come out of my studio to hang out with them for a bit) Thanks too to all my lovely stockists who have been working so hard all winter too :)
I've been doing a lot of drawing in a Museum store, focusing on the bird scientific study skins...
It's been the best as a way of focusing on drawing skills. The images I am making are just slightly different to the Foxes at the Disco though!
Don't worry - a few animals having a boogie are bound to fight their way out soon.
Three Foxes at the Disco, they are ready for a great night out dancing!
It's nearly December which is definitely party season - and great to have a bit of shimmer to brighten up the Autumn gloom...