About Lyn Weir

I am an Australian linocut artist living and working on the North Coast of NSW in Australia. My main body of work has been with limited edition linocuts and detailed drawings/illustrations of Australian Wildlfowers and Wildlife.

Imaginings: an exhibition of Printmaking by 65 artists curated by Rona Green

Earlier in the year I was invited by Rona Green to participate in this exhibition. You may have followed the progress of my linocut on Instagram and here.

Opening celebration 2pm-4pm Saturday 2 December 2017 at Neospace, 7 Campbell Street, Collingwood VIC 3066. All welcome – free entry. Exhibition runs until 5pm Tuesday 19 December 2017. Gallery open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday.

Neospace
7 Campbell St, Collingwood

The work I made for this exhibition is a Limited Edition Handpainted Linocut – ‘Enkindled’.

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‘Enkindled’

Handpainted Linocut

23.5 x 12 cm

It is a design which is emblematic of a new direction I have been exploring in recent years. It showcases my transition towards designs based on the concepts of ornamentation, beauty, patterns and embellishments. Enkindled is designed around the Grevillea rhyolitica, or Deua Flame, a grevillea endemic to South-Eastern NSW. The Deua Grevillea, with its delicate, falling red flowers, has long been a favourite of mine to photograph, especially when visiting the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens near Batemans Bay. In this work I have played with positive and negative spaces, imagining ways to play on the plants original patterns and shapes.

It is also is in remembrance of my dear godmother who passed away earlier this year. She encouraged me with my artwork and was always up for a chat and discussion about what I was doing and giving her ideas and opinions on my work. I would send her emails or messages with my ideas and we would have a good natter. I miss that. She lived near Batemans Bay and every time I went down there she encouraged me to visit the Eurobodalla Botanic Regional Gardens for inspiration. So this work reflects where my thoughts have been this year as well. Memories and loss.

 

Imaginings: an exhibition of Printmaking by 65 artists – curated by Rona Green

Neospace
7 Campbell St, Collingwood
It is open from 1 – 19 December.
Artists: Emma ‘Ruby’ Armstrong-Porter, Janet Ayliffe, Susan Baran, Kylie Blackley, Helen Blue, Loris Button, Elaine Camlin, Laura Castell, Jenny Clapson, Elizabeth Cole, Paul Compton, Rachel Derum, Sue Ernst, Ian ‘Spike’ Farrawell, Philip Faulks, Kevin Foley, Sue Fraser, Rona Green, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gregory Harrison, Carolyn Hawkins, Bill Hay, Kate Hudson, Kyoko Imazu, Jet James, Deborah Klein, Jo Lankester, Suzie Lockery, Cassie May, John McClumpha, Aaron McLoughlin, Lorelei Medcalf, Glenn Morgan, Karen Neal, Belinda ‘Billy’ Nye, Sharron Okines, Diana Orinda Burns, Glenda Orr, Travis Paterson, Jim Pavlidis, Sue Poggioli, Jocelyn Rawlins, Bronwyn Rees, Trudy Rice, David Rosengrave, John Ryrie, Jill Sampson, Gwen Scott, Benjamin Sexton, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Sandra Starkey Simon, Mrs Stamp, Maggie Stein, Rachel Suarez, Sophia Szilagyi, Scott Trevelyan, Lee Ward, Peter Ward, Justin Watson, Andrew Weatherill, Lynette Weir, Joel Wolter and Christine Wrest Smith.

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‘Enkindled’ – Imaginings

I finally got all 66 prints finished on the 12th September & posted for the Rona Green exchange portfolio & exhibtion ‘Imaginings’ which will be exhibited at Neospace Gallery in Melbourne 1-19 December 2017.

‘Enkindled’ draws its inspiration from the beautiful Grevillea rhylitica – Deua Grevillea endemic to the South Coast of NSW around Batemans Bay. It also is part of an exploration of ornamentation, beauty, patterns and embellishments using wildflowers that I have been working on & about in the background for many years whilst my focus has been caring & looking after family, but am just finally now starting to develop into the final artworks.

I have made many visits to this beautiful part of Australia visiting family where I have spent many hours also exploring the lovely Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens. This piece also pays homage to my family who lived there.

This edition of 66 prints is a pretty large edition to print & each print taking at least 90mins each to handcolour. But I got there, with even a few days to spare on the deadline! I use artist watercolours, often blending the colours within the design so it is not a matter of one flat colour. I also paint them as you can see fairly vibrantly not generally in the softer way of traditional watercolours.

Little video of handpainting a different section of the Grevillea linocut 🙂 My process is to handcolour all of the colours for each print then move to the next. I establish the colours using proof prints, set up the palette of colours, set up a set sequence of handcolouring which I use for each print … then repeat … in this case 66 times. Almost 2/3 of the way though now 🙂 . . . #linocut #handpainting #instavideo #handcolouredlinocuts #watercolour #StCMill #somersetpaper #printmakerprocess #linocut #grevillea #anartistview #anartiststudio #design #linoprint #linocutartist #printmaker #reliefprint #artist #australianartist #australianart #linoprint #ozplants #instaart #instaartist #instaprintmaker #ig_art #ig_artist

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All printed, handpainted, signed, numbered & packaged ready to send tomorrow 🙂 Phew!! 'Enkindled' – Handpainted Linocut – Edition 66 prints – for 'Imaginings' – an exchange portfolio collated by @ronagreenart which will be exhibited in Melbourne at Neospace 1-19 Dec 2017 Enkindled draws its inspiration from the beautiful Grevillea rhyolitica endemic to the Sth Coast of NSW, one of my favourite places where I have visited family regularly for many years. . #enkindled #grevillearhyolotica #deuaflamegrevillea #ozplants #linocut #handpaintedlinocut #australianwildflowers #wildflowers #design #anartistview #printmake #australianartist #ig_art #ig_artist #instaartinstaartist #instaprintmaker #StCMill #somersetpaper #get_imprinted #anartiststudio #linoprint #linocutartist #linocutdesigns #printmaker #reliefprint #artist

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‘Enkindled’ – Grevillea Imaginings

Printing a linocut involves some preparation & planning.

I use a the finest wet & dry sandpaper to very gently clean off the surface of the lino block (tiny amount of water) to leave it as smooth as possible for printing.

The paper needs to be cut & a template in which to place the linoblock & paper to make the print fit neatly & consistently as is possible with handprinting on each sheet of paper.

Then setting up the print table so that you can make a clear work process from rolling out ink to placing it into the press. All surfaces should be clean & free as much as is possible of dust etc to help keep each print as clean as is possible.

Then rolling out the ink as evenly as possible initially onto a glass/perspex plate, then the linoblock. It is important to use thin layers of ink – there is a particular ‘hiss’ that you learn to hear when the ink is evenly spread. Under inking will lead to parts of the design showing white spaces & over inking will lead to the smaller grooves carved into the lino filling up & losing the design or thick splodges. The aim is to get the ink rolled as evenly as possible to transfer the design you have carved at its optimum. Not an easy task! Especially when printing the 66 in this edition. Invariably some will not make the grade so plan to print more than the edition so you can get as many as possible as clean & clear.

Finally I use a small book press but you can use larger presses, etching presses (better for single colours than mulitple colours for registration issues) or rubbing the back of the paper placed on the block with a wooden spoon, baren or something similar.

Once the designs are printed they need to be placed somewhere safe to dry. I have a drying cupboard my Dad made for me many years ago. Others have custom drying racks or hanging peg racks.

Here are few photos from Instagram showing the printing progress.

Prepping for printing involves a sharp pencil, a metal ruler, paper for calculations & measuring skills 🙂 And a trip to the local town newsagency for a lovely clean new piece of cardboard 🙂 Unfortunately it takes me a tad longer as I have trouble with straight lines! LOL Think it also involves starting with coffee & a good music playlist!! PS – Have left the photo box making to hubby 🙂 . . . . . #linoprinting #preparingtoprintalinocut #measuring #straightlines #gettingintotheprintinggroove #printmakerprocess #linocut #grevillea #reliefprinting #linoprinting #anartistview #anartiststudio #printing #design #linoprint #linocutartist #linocutdesigns #printmaker #reliefprint #artist #australianartist #australianart #linoprint #ozplants #instaart #instaartist #instaprintmaker #ig_art #ig_artist

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Carvings – Grevillea Imagining

A series of photographs from Instagram of the progression of carving the Grevillea imaginings lincout. It is quite a fine design with small parts so is by it’s nature slow & fiddly. I have however been struggling with chronic pain issues & life interfering with art!

It is progressing though & I am now in the final stages of cleaning up all those tine little edges. I am also on a deadline for this work so I need to get moving to printing & painting.

Handy Hint: One thing I have recently discovered, why I did not know nor think about it earlier I don’t know! I have put a small piece of non slip mat under the lino block whilst carving. Previously I have always butted one edge up against the carving board but often find I use my left hand/arm as an alternative for carving round different angles when this does not work. The non stick mat has made this much easier & taken a strain off my arm & shoulder which has made tings a lot easier!

 

Transferring ‘Grevilleas’ Imaginings Design

The current design I am working on is one based around Grevillea rhyolitica – or the Deua Grevillea which is a grevillea endemic to south-eastern NSW. this has long been a favourite Grevillea of mine to photograph especially when visiting the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens near Batemans Bay NSW. It has beautiful delicate falling red flowers.

In my more recent work I have been pushing my drawings and interest in Australian wildflowers into design/patternwork. Taking my drawings and simplifying and expanding them, I have been playing with various ideas for Grevillea rhyolitca for about 12 months now. In this particular work I am playing with positive & negative spaces and imagining ways to play on the shapes and patterns of the original plant & the photographs I have taken of them over many years.

I am hoping to revive this blog using some of my Instagram posts. In recent busy & more demanding times I have found it hard to keep up with this blog in amongst everything else. But Instagram has been a more immediate media to display my work and inspiration. I also value the platform as a way to connect to others & in particular to other artists & printmakers.

This image shows my template for the linocut which I have traced alongside the new piece of lino which I will transfer the design to using tracing paper. Oh & one of my photographs I have taken as inspiration for this this particular artwork.

Getting back on track

It has been a long while since I posted on this studio diary. This is for many reasons including the ease at which Instagram & Twitter allow you to make quick updates & post images. So if you follow on Instagram or Twitter then you will see I am still working – drawing, designing, photographing & looking for inspiration every day.

I have also been working on small drawings & design works which I have been working up into larger works. I have not been able to carve in recent months due to ongoing issues post wisdom teeth surgery which I am still struggling with including issues with my vision. I have just got some new glasses which will help with that issue – I hope! Ongoing pain & nerve issues may take a bit or lot longer.

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I have had to work in shorter bursts & in smaller & different ways

So lots of ideas, small sketchbooks, small drawings, designs, using my computer to develop larger works. This has meant a new way of thinking & working which I am quite enjoying.

I have also still been caring for family fairly closely for the past 2 years including extended periods of time away from home recently. It means I need to be fairly mobile with my artwork!

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I have plans (and a venue with lots of support) for an exhibition in September 2017 & so I am now working towards a range of work to exhibit & expand my work.

I will be away again for a few weeks but have plenty of work & ideas to take with me!

Before I go I have been attempting a little carving which I haven’t been able to do for nearly 12 months & I realise how much I love this process & carving.

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This piece is one of a set of 6 designs which are large & complex to carve in lino but I am looking forward to the challenge. Still have to figure out a plan to print them – need a much larger press than my little book press. Guess I’ll cross that issue when I get to it!

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New Website – lynetteweir.com

http://lynetteweir.com/

http://lynetteweir.com/

Australian Artist – Linocut Artist – Lynette Weir

Many of my longer term blog readers will remember my old website – soulsong.com.au – I was able to build this website using a brilliant online management system that a friend had developed over 10yrs ago. Back then there was no wordpress or any other website builder you could access to build your own site. This system was ahead of it’s time – a login in system where you could build & manage your own website. Unfortunately it is no longer being updated so I needed to find an alternative. After much searching around looking at what was on offer from the many online management systems, I settled on using wordpress as I really like using this system. I have been using Elegant Themes for the last few years but could not find a way to build a simple easy to navigate system for my website that was similar to my original soulsong one.

I had been meaning to try out the new theme – Divi – for a while. It offers a non code dependent builder (my knowledge of code is extremely limited) & Woo Commerce compatibility. When I looked at it initially it looked complicated.

If you follow me on twitter etc you will know that a couple of months ago I fractured my ankle so have been stuck at home unable to drive or do a lot (could not even do artwork as it meant I needed to have my foot down & it ached). So I decided it was time to bite the bullet I spent several hours viewing youtube videos showing how it all worked. It was well worth spending this time to research how the page builder & modules all work as it made things a lot easier in building my website.

I have pretty much worked it out now but there are still some things I need to finish so obviously I will be tweaking things a little more & some of the images need to be updated.

In the meantime I would be very grateful of you let me know what you think & if there are any problems navigating the website.As a final aside: Please note that I do not get any commissions nor have any links to Elegant Themes – I have always found their support forum very helpful & I love the new Divi Theme they have developed for its flexibility to build the website I have been trying to develop for ages.